May 26th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU-led design project selected for prominent New York exhibition
More than 100 Mississippi State students contributed to the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s SuperUse Pavilion, a part of the museum’s rain garden program that recently has been selected for exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City beginning in late September. (Photo by Megan Bean)
See the story at msstate.edu.
The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s SuperUse Pavilion, a part of the museum’s rain garden program that benefitted from the efforts of more than 100 Mississippi State undergraduate and graduate-level students, recently has been selected for exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.
The exhibition, “By the People: Designing a Better America,” will open in late September and showcases the innovative and impactful actions generated through design. Organized by Cynthia E. Smith, Cooper Hewitt’s curator of socially responsible design, the exhibition features 60 design projects from every region across the U.S. For more, visit http://www.cooperhewitt.org/events/current-exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/.
The SuperUse Pavilion was selected in recognition of the efforts of MSU students studying architecture, art, building construction science, graphic design, landscape architecture and landscape contracting who designed and built the museum’s new event and exhibition pavilion.
The site also will be featured in a forthcoming book published by Cooper Hewitt. Hans C. Herrmann, MSU associate professor of architecture, and Cory Gallo, MSU associate professor of landscape architecture, will represent the project team during the museum’s press event this fall.
Marked by the adaptive reuse of a former gas station pump canopy, once positioned adjacent to Stromboli’s Pizzeria in downtown Starkville, the SuperUse Pavilion offers occupants a working example of how sustainable design and construction may be achieved using low-cost and readily available materials that often are regarded as waste rather than raw material.
The steel frame of the gas station canopy was reinforced and reconfigured to accommodate an extensive living roof system, made accessible by the repurposing of a circular staircase salvaged from a church slated for demolition in Memphis, Tennessee. The SuperUse Pavilion employs LED lighting technology along with high durability materials to demonstrate a low-tech response to the sustainable design demands of the future, Herrmann said.
“The exhibition is a fantastic recognition of the design and construction that has been taking place here at MSU under the guidance of both the architecture and landscape architecture programs,” Herrmann said. Herrmann, Gallo and other team members expressed appreciation for the contributions of MSU students, faculty, extension services, local business supporters and community volunteers who helped make the SuperUse Pavilion and Heritage Museum Rain Garden Project possible.
As a component of the larger museum grounds improvement project, the pavilion joins additional sustainable design features, including a 700 square-foot rain garden, 200 square-foot sand filter, 1,000-gallon rainwater cistern, an American Disabilities Act-compliant museum entrance, along with more than 1,000 square feet of new landscape plantings.
The museum pavilion, rain garden and MSU faculty involved have received eight national and regional awards for teaching, collaborative practice and design. Most recently, the SuperUse Pavilion was recognized by the American Institute of Architects, Mississippi Chapter, with one of only two chapter Honor Awards granted in 2015.
The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum is located at 206 Fellowship Street in Starkville. Museum hours are 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, and by appointment. While admission is free, donations are encouraged. Learn more at http://oktibbehaheritagemuseum.com/wordpress/.
The School of Architecture in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design offers the only curriculum in the state leading to a professional degree in architecture. The school offers an intense, carefully structured and rich array of courses that constitute a solid foundation for architectural practice. For more, visit http://www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/home.php.
The Department of Landscape Architecture in MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences fosters the will and ability to plan, design, build and manage regenerative communities. Students explore the design process, storm water design, energy flow, native landscapes and plant materials, green infrastructure, sustainability, community planning and regional planning. For more, visit http://www.lalc.msstate.edu/.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.
Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Cooper Hewitt aims to educate, inspire and empower people through design by presenting exhibitions and educational programs and maintaining active publications.
May 9th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds annual 2016 Recognition Day
Class of 2016: (Front row, left to right): Devin A. Carr, Casey A. Walker, Lorianna J. Baker, Hannah C. Waycaster, Larry A. McMahan, Jacob L. Johnson, Jordan L. Hanson; (Second row, left to right): Ryan M. Bridges, Haley Whiteman, Jonathan Greer, Sang V. Nguyen, Emily K. Morse, Nenyatta K. Smith, Patrick D. Brown; (Back row, left to right): Carter V. Brown, Ethan D. Warren, Scott M. Polley , Stefan K. Balcer, Ryan L. Mura, Megan R. Vansant, Ericia L. Cox, Cody M. Skinner, Daniela G. Bustillos, Austin T. Robinson
Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 6, 2016, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.
Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, introduced MSU Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Peter Ryan, Ph.D.
Ryan welcomed everyone to campus.
Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) and owner of Hal and Mal’s Restaurant, presented the 26th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.
The School of Architecture faculty members were recognized before announcing the awards.
2015-2016 School of Architecture awards:
20th Annual Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Recipient: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory
The architectural firm of Allen & Hoshall of Jackson, Mississippi, has established a $500 annual award to a faculty member “who has demonstrated excellence in teaching.” The award winners are selected by the fifth-year graduating class. ______________________________________________________
Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD)
Chapter President: Ashton Aime
Faculty Advisors: Assistant Professor Jacob Gines, Associate Professor Hans Herrmann
Tau Sigma Delta is the architectural (and allied programs) honor society open to top academic students in design disciplines. Induction does not occur until the student consistently demonstrates high academic standards and is in the third-year.
Maria Degtyareva, Zachary Henry, Omkar Prahbu, Lara Lynn Waddell, Ben Webster
TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Hannah Waycaster, Casey Walker, Jake Johnson
TSD First-Year Design Award
Recipient: Trey Box
The Tau Sigma Delta First-Year Design Award is presented to the first-year design student who has exhibited excellence in design. This is a book award.
TSD Bronze Award
Recipient: Devin Carr
The Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal is presented by the third- and fourth-year student membership of the society to a fifth-year student who, in his/her thesis project, has expanded the students’ insight and awareness of architecture.
TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient: Assistant Professor Zulaikha Ayub
The Tau Sigma Delta Faculty Book Award is presented by the third- and fourth-year student members to the faculty member who has inspired them
TSD Charles Calvo Digital Media Award
Recipient: Tyler Warmath
In fall 2000, Tau Sigma Delta established this book award in memory of a School of Architecture faculty member, Charles Calvo, and his contribution to the field of digital media in architecture. This award goes to a fourth-year student who, like Charles, has exemplified an incredible knowledge and skill in digital media and has continually educated other students in this field. A copy of the book given to the award winner is also given to the library in memory of Charles.
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President: Kapish Cheema
Faculty Advisors: Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn, Assistant Professor Andreea Mihalache
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) is the student arm of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Students participating seek to enhance the educational experience of its members by fostering diversity within the School of Architecture and the community at-large.
The 2016 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient: Diondria Bingham
Chosen by the NOMAS membership, the NOMAS Diversity Award is given to a
student who has shown outstanding initiative and leadership in promoting diversity within the School and the larger community.
Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Chapter President: Sara Peppers
Faculty Advisor: Assistant Clinical Professor Justin Taylor
Alpha Rho Chi is the only national co-ed professional/social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. MSU’s Hippodamus chapter includes members representing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering. Their mission is academic excellence, and the group focuses on leadership, mentoring and professionalism.
Alpha Rho Chi Student Book Award
Recipient: Stefan Balcer
The Alpha Rho Chi student book award is given to a graduating fifth-year architecture student who is an active member of Alpha Rho Chi who has furthered the mission of the fraternity through service.
American Institute of Architecture Students
Chapter President: Emily Turner
Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory
American Institute of Architecture Students is the student counterpart of the American Institute of Architects. The chapter works closely with professional architects in the state through the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
AIAS Member of the Year Award
Recipient: Zachary White
The recipient of the AIAS Award is chosen by the AIAS membership. The qualifications for this award are: “…that the student goes above and beyond what has been asked of him/her; has shown initiative and leadership qualities; has been
an AIAS leader within his/her year level; and does well academically.”
Mississippi Chapter AIA Book Award
Presented by: Jim West
Recipient: Anna Barr
This award is funded by the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It recognizes a high-achieving student who holds a leadership position within the MSU chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students.
First-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Jeffery Roberson, Instructor
Recipient: Davis Byars
This award is a book selected by the first-year faculty and is presented to a first-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.
Second-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Justin Taylor, Assistant Clinical Professor
Recipient: Matthew Lewis
This award is a book selected by the second-year faculty and is presented to a second-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.
Third-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Emily McGlohn, Assistant Professor
Recipients: Lara Lynn Waddell and Zachary Henry
This award is a book selected by the third-year faculty and is presented to a third-year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.
Fourth-Year Capstone Awards:
Fourth-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Hans Herrmann, Associate Professor
Recipient: Ashton Aime
This award is a book selected by the fourth-year faculty and is presented to a fourth- year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.
Fourth-Year Jurists’ Award
Recipients: Ryan Fierro and Morgan Powell
The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by visiting jurors and critics upon the student(s) who has achieved the greatest personal growth as a designer, and whose work has contributed to the overall success of the fourth-year Design Studio.
ARCC King Award
Presented by: Jacob Gines, Assistant Professor
Recipient: Ryan Fierro
Selection for this award is made by the entire faculty. Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), this award is presented to one student per ARCC-member school. Selection of the recipient is based upon criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.
Fifth-Year Jurists’ Award
Presented by: Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients: Devin Carr and Jonathan Greer
The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by the fifth-year design faculty upon the student(s) who has achieved the greatest personal growth as a designer and whose work has contributed to the overall success of the fifth-year Design Studio.
Academic Achievement Award
Recipient: Jacob Johnson
The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average.
Creative Windows & Doors/Marvin Windows Traveling Fellowship
Recipient: Hannah Waycaster ($1,600)
In September 2004, Dave Young and Eddie Rives, owners of Creative Windows & Doors; and David Morris, Marvin Windows representative, established this traveling fellowship for a student completing the fifth-year.
Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by: Dean Jim West
Recipient: Patrick Brown
The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded to the graduating fifth-year student who has shown an ability for leadership, performed willing service for the school, and gives promise of professional merit through attitude and personality. The medal is offered each year to every NAAB-fully accredited school of architecture. The recipient is chosen by the entire faculty of the school.
AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal
Presented by: Dean Jim West
Certificate Recipient: Jacob Johnson
Medal Recipient: Haley Whiteman
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal are considered to be the most important awards given to graduating students. They are awarded for “general excellence in architecture” throughout the course of study. The medal is awarded to the most qualified student, and the certificate is awarded to the runner-up. Selection is made by the entire faculty.
Other Notable Student Awards, 2015-2016:
Aydelott Travel Award
Lara Lynn Waddell
A $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott, FAIA, and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides a $20,000 award each year to four architecture students currently enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; Mississippi State University; and the University of Tennessee. As MSU’s recipient, Lara Lynn Waddell will travel this summer to Atlantida, Uruguay; Rome, Italy; Muuratsalo, Jyvaskyla, Finland; and Havana, Cuba, to study four unique buildings. She will work next semester with her faculty advisory, Emeritus Professor Dr. Michael Fazio to compile a report.
Second Place, Gensler Diversity Award
Rashidat “Mo” Momoh
Gensler, a global firm, has awarded more than $200,000 in academic scholarship over the last 16 years. The Gensler Diversity Scholarship is a juried program recognizing emerging talent among African-American college students enrolled in an accredited architecture program. As a second place winner, Mo has accepted a paid internship this summer with Gensler in Boston.
Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award
for Excellence in Architecture
This $500 award was established in 1997 in honor and memory of William Lincoln Giles, a charter member of ARF. It is given each year to a student selected by the School of Architecture on the basis of academic excellence and overall leadership within the school. Funding for the award comes from a contribution by Ms. Hazel Presson, aunt of Ginger Giles Jones, Dr. Giles’ daughter.
First Place, Arts & Humanities, 2016 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium
Emily’s project, “The Application of Architectural Theory to Multifamily Housing Through a Feminist Lens,” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.
Second Place, Community Engagement, 2016 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium
Anna’s project, “Continuing to Improve on Outreach Design,” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.
Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Emily received funding to conduct research under faculty mentor Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory. Topic: Feminist architectural literature to write a scholarly paper on this topic in regards to design/build and community engagement.
Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Anna received funding to conduct research under faculty mentor Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory. Topic: Construction drawings for the Oxford-Lafayette Habitat for Humanity house designs.
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art New York City Summer Program Fellowship
Scott was one of 18 students selected out of 50 applicants to attend the ICAA Summer Studio in Classical Architecture – a four-week, immersive program introducing students to skills, knowledge and resources essential to the practice and appreciation of classical design.
Second Place & People’s Choice Award, MSU Investing in Innovation E-Commerce Competition
Jared C. Creel
Jared’s project for the prototype startup competition, “StruggleBusBox.com” was a project with Taylor A. Lee, a business administration major, under the guidance of Visiting Assistant Professor Erik Herman.
AIA St. Louis Chapter Scholarship
Curtis received a $500 scholarship from the chapter.
2015 Epting/Mathews MSU Co-op Student of the Year
This award recognizes one outstanding co-op student at Mississippi State each year for academic excellence, exhibited professionalism in the work place and leadership in respective organizations. Johnson received a $500 scholarship sponsored by Huntington Ingalls and a recognition plaque.
Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellow – Fall 2015
Maria received a $3,000 Stipend Award and worked on research for Method Studio, a full-service architectural and design firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Research was conducted under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.
Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellow – Spring 2016
Edward received a $3,000 Stipend Award and worked on research in the spring semester for Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.
Paul Grootkerk Travel Award
($4,000) Kirkland Webber
The Paul Grootkerk Travel Award (funded by Ted T. Porter) is available to full-time students who will have completed their second year of study. Candidates must have a minimum MSU 2.5 GPA, be hard working, and can demonstrate financial need.
Acme Brick Company Scholarship
($2,000) Kapish Cheema, Caleb Fearing
Applicants must be: entering the fifth-year design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum grade point average of 3.0; be of good moral character; and have demonstrated leadership ability and strong overall academic performance.
Duvall Decker Minority Travel Scholarship
($2,000) Diondria Bingham
Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time student and be a member of an under-represented minority group in the practice of architecture and also meet the following criteria: 1)self motivated learner; 2)high GPA; 3)demonstrate financial need.
Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Annual Scholarship
($2,000) Brandon Fairbanks
In May 2007, Taylor Guild III and David Hardy established this scholarship to assist talented students in their fifth-year of study in the architecture program.
Rowan Taylor Endowed Scholarship
($1,250) Olivia Baker, Isaac Galindo, Chester Mitchell
Applicants must be entering freshmen with a minimum 3.0 GPA; have demonstrated exceptional design work and ability to achieve exceptional design; and have demonstrated financial need.
Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Jared Robinson, Lara Lynn Waddell
Any full-time MSU students in their third- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Applicants must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.
Lyndall Gail Wood Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Rashidat Momoh
This scholarship was established by the Wood family to honor Lyndall Gail’s passion as an MSU architecture student. Applicants must be full-time students entering the fourth-year design studio in the School of Architecture, be in excellent academic standing with the university, and be a student with exceptional design ability.
Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Patrick Greene, Kelli Weiland
Students must be entering their third-year; have a 2.80+ GPA; be of good moral character; have demonstrated leadership; can show financial need; and a resident of: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, or Yazoo Counties.
Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Annual Scholarship
($1,000) Ashton Aime, Maria Degtyareva, Caleb Fearing, Zachary Henry, Rashidat Momoh
Candidates must be full-time students at Mississippi State University; have completed their second-year of design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.
Joseph L. Echols Scholars Program
($850) Diondria Bingham, Damion Hardy
($600) Quintarius Brown, Myles Jeffries
Candidates for the Joseph L. Echols Scholarship must: be a current undergraduate and underrepresented architecture student; show strong work ethic by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA; present a satisfactory work portfolio; demonstrate financial need.
Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500) De’Andre Gaskin, Damion Hardy, David Kett, Kirkland Webber
Any full-time MSU students in their second- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Students must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.
Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship
($195) Tony Coleman, Damion Hardy, Danielle Mason, Donald Murray
Applicants must be full-time MSU students entering the second-year design studio in the School of Architecture; and can demonstrate financial need.
Johnson-McAdams Design Discovery Scholarships
($600) 3 Awards, To Be Determined
Applicants must be from Leflore County, or be an under-represented minority group in architecture; and high school students interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines.
Joseph L. Echols D2 Scholarships (Design Discovery)
($600) 3 Awards, To Be Determined
Candidate must: be a high school student who shows an interest in majoring in architecture by taking college preparatory math and science courses and demonstrating ability; show strong work ethic and satisfactory performance; be a minority student from the Marshall County area; demonstrate financial need.
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May 5th, 2016 Comments Off on Architecture studio featured on WTVA News
Architecture students build garden to educate Boys and Girls Club
Architecture students at Mississippi State University plan to build a shade structure for kids of the Boys and Girls Club.
“You can see the holes in the wall which will be where the doors go that allow access into the storage boxes,” fourth-year student Jared Robinson demonstrated.
So piece by piece, Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory’s class has constructed seating and garden beds located behind the Boys and Girls Club.
After working on this project for the entire year, the students believe the long hard worked hours are well worth it.
“We’re building some raised educational garden beds for the kids to try and educate them on where produce comes from so they don’t get lumped into this generations idea of vegetables come from the supermarket,” fourth-year student Brandon Fairbanks said.
Through the Educational Garden, the MSU course hopes to incorporate a more hands-on experience.
The purpose of the set-up is in hope to inspire the young ones to get involved and possibly become Architects and Graphic Designers.
“We’ve seen a lack of African American farmers in the South, and so, since the majority of the students here are African American, we hope we can inspire them to see that,” Gregory said.
She came up with the project idea back in 2011 and is happy to see it all come together.
So from now on, Gregory and her students hope to connect with kids around the Starkville community and also encourage incoming architecture students to get involved.
May 5th, 2016 Comments Off on archimania in the news
archimania’s Hattiloo Theatre near Overton Square in Memphis, Tenn., is among six designs being considered for the World Architecture News (WAN) Award as the best international architecture for performing arts. (photo via archimania.com)
archimania, a Memphis firm led by MSU S|ARC graduate Todd Walker, has been in the news a lot recently.
At the AIA Memphis Gala, the firm won nine out of 11 awards. Last year, the firm took half of the awards. Read more about last year’s event here.
They also have two of six designs being considered for the World Architecture News (WAN) Award as the best international architecture for performing arts. Read the story at world architecture news.com and The Commercial Appeal.
A design plan by archimania was recently selected for the Ballet Memphis’s headquarters. Read the story via The Commercial Appeal.
Way to go, archimania!
May 5th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds final reviews
Final Reviews for the School of Architecture were held in Giles Hall recently.
First-Year Studio — Foundation studio
Second-Year Studio — Foundation studio @ Columbus Lock and Dam site
Third-Year Studio: Collaborative Studio w/ Building Construction Science
Fourth-Year Studio — Black Box Theatre in Memphis
Fifth-Year Studio — Comprehensive Individual projects (Jackson Urban)
April 20th, 2016 Comments Off on WOW Atelier partners visit MSU for Harrison Lecture Series
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Architect Gregory Walker and artist Benjamin Wiemeyer, two of the partners in the Salt Lake City, Utah-based design firm WOW Atelier, visited Mississippi State University last week for events made possible by the Harrison Lecture Series.
The School of Architecture (coordinated by Assistant Professor Jacob Gines) partnered with Wiemeyer and the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District to paint a graffiti-style mural on one of the walls in the Armstrong Middle School Gymnasium. Wiemeyer, who arrived in Starkville on April 4 unveiled his latest work with a public ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday [April 14].
Wiemeyer presented “Changing the Face of the World with Mural Painting” to art students mid-day on Friday, and the partners finished their visit with a 4 p.m. Harrison Lecture in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.
(photos by Marissa Landon)
April 13th, 2016 Comments Off on Harrison lecturers to leave lasting impression
By Zack Plair | Mississippi State University
The upcoming speakers for the Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Harrison Lecture Series plan to leave a permanent impression of their visit to Starkville.
Architect Gregory Walker and artist Benjamin Wiemeyer, two of the partners in the Salt Lake City, Utah-based design firm WOW Atelier, will speak about their burgeoning young business at 4 p.m. Friday, April 15, in Harrison Auditorium at Giles Hall. Wiemeyer also will lecture to MSU architecture, art and design students throughout Friday on “Changing the Face of the World with Mural Painting.” (11 a.m. in Stafford 200)
Beyond that, MSU has partnered with Wiemeyer and the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District to paint a graffiti-style mural on one of the walls in the Armstrong Middle School Gymnasium. Wiemeyer, who arrived in Starkville on April 4 and has already put in dozens of hours painting the mural, will unveil his latest work with a public ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday [April 14]. He also has interacted regularly with AMS and MSU students during his visit.
“I really like to paint, and I’m kind of excited to be painting somewhere new,” Wiemeyer said. “Everyone has been super warm and super accommodating. The kids seem to be stoked.”
The annual lecture series, which features speakers throughout the year who are professionals in architecture and related fields, is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Robert V. M. Harrison.
In 2012, Walker and Wiemeyer, along with Chimso Onwuegbu, co-founded WOW Atelier, a creative studio that specializes in a variety of areas, including architecture, graffiti, branding, exhibit design and fabrication, intermedia sculpture and painting. Walker holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah and has presented his work at Parsons New School for Design, the University of Utah’s City and Metropolitan and the AIA Western Mountain Region Conference. Wiemeyer has a degree in intermedia sculpture from the University of Utah.
Jacob Gines, assistant professor for the School of Architecture, said exposing MSU students to the work of a multi-disciplinary design studio—especially one that so heavily emphasizes art—may open their minds to more unconventional applications of architecture and design. He characterized the mural, which will grace a wall that is 100 feet long by 12 feet wide, as a dynamic piece focused on metamorphosis and featuring yellow jacket hives and swarms.
“Embedded in it will be the ideas of growth and maturity; leaving the hive to go out in the world to do something important,” Gines said.
AMS Principal Timothy Bourne said having Wiemeyer on campus has enriched his students, and he called the mural a “priceless” gift students, faculty and staff can enjoy for years to come. He even joked the experience might help some of his more mischievous students redirect some of their angst through more appropriate media.
“You know there are a lot of kids at Armstrong who like to draw on the walls, but obviously not on this level,” he said. “I want them to know from this experience that this can actually be a job.”
April 11th, 2016 Comments Off on James Cathcart gives Harrison Lecture
Photo by Marissa Landon
Photo by Marissa Landon
James Cathcart, author of Pamphlet Architecture 25: Gravity
and project director at Appelbaum Associates, presented the Harrison Lecture
on Fri., April 8.
Cathcart was born in Colombia, S.C. He was trained as an architect at the University of Florida and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. For over 25 years, he has worked on museum and exhibition design at Ralph Appelbaum Associates in New York. Cathcart’s own practice focuses on architectural investigations that explore the parallels between the social, political, cultural and tectonic structures. His work has been exhibited and published internationally. He is a founding member of the icebergproject.org collaborative. His book Gravity (Pamphlet Architecture #23) was published By Princeton Press. He currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Upcoming lectures include:
- April 15, 4 p.m.
Gregory Walker and Benjamin Wiemeyer
Principals, Wow Atelier
- May 6, 1 p.m., S|ARC Recognition Day
(Dr. William and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture)
Author, Little Stories
Owner, Hal & Mal’s Restaurant
The Harrison Lecture Series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.
April 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Beaux Arts Ball set for Saturday
A past Beaux Arts Ball was held at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum (photo by Megan Bean / Mississippi State University)
The School of Architecture and the American Institute For Architecture Students will host their annual fundraiser, Beaux Arts Ball, tomorrow night [Saturday, April 9] at 7 p.m.
The event will be held upstairs at Restaurant Tyler, and the theme is “monochrome.” Dress up in different shades of your favorite color, or even coordinate colors with a date!
There will be food, music, a cash bar and lots of dancing!
Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the door.
For more information, follow bab_msstate on instagram, or contact Hannah Hebinck at email@example.com.
April 7th, 2016 Comments Off on Baptist Town Neighborhood reinvestment project featured in Delta Business Journal
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By Angela Rogalski | Delta Business Journal
Baptist Town, about a mile east of downtown Greenwood, is a community that is solidly defined by its history and the common bond of its residents. Born in the 1800s, it is one of Greenwood’s oldest African American neighborhoods and is steeped in the rich culture that is the Mississippi Delta. Honeyboy Edwards and Robert Johnson were known to frequent Baptist Town during their lifetimes and it’s written that Edwards called it “the final residence of Robert Johnson” since the legendary Blues singer spent some of his last days in and around Baptist Town.
Today the community is going through a promising re-flourishment as the Baptist Town Neighborhood Reinvestment Project, planned in 2000, is still underway. Emily Roush-Elliott, a social impact architect, has been a long-time participant in the project.
“For the last three years I was an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, which was a wonderful position with the Greenwood, Leflore, Carroll Economic Development Foundation,” Roush-Elliott says. “The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship partners early-career architectural designers with local community development organizations, where they facilitate an inclusive approach to development to create green, sustainable, and affordable communities. And even though I am no longer a Fellow, my work has actually continued. I still do about half-time, but have also had the opportunity to branch out and start my own design-build practice with my husband. So, we’re continuing the work I started as a Fellow most of the time, but also doing other projects as well.”
Roush-Elliott explains that Baptist Town history has deep roots and is very important to the city of Greenwood.
“Baptist Town is a neighborhood and not its own town at all; it’s part of Greenwood,” she explains. “We know that it’s at least 135 years old and is probably one of the first places where African Americans could own property in Mississippi after slavery ended. So, it has a really long history and is very important.”
While Baptist Town isn’t known for its economic wealth and prosperity, Roush-Elliott says it has so much more embedded within its historical core and is rich in many ways other than money.
“When newspapers write about Baptist Town it always makes me cringe, because invariably someone calls it this impoverished neighborhood. And I wish that they would clarify and say economically impoverished, because it is; from a financial and wealth standpoint it struggles, but from every other value standpoint, the more important ones, such as people taking care of each other, community identity and history and culture, it’s incredibly rich. It’s a wonderful neighborhood and has been studied by a lot of different people. Robert Johnson spent time in Baptist Town; part of the movie “The Help” was filmed there, so there’s a lot of tourism attractions to the community, which sometimes is a negative thing.”
In 2000, students from the Carl Small Town Center, which is a community design center out of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, came over to Baptist Town and worked with the community and did architectural planning studies to determine the primary needs and goals of the neighborhood and come up with solutions.
“That was the beginning of the relationship between the Mississippi State University School of Architecture and the Carl Small Town Center and the Economic Development Foundation here in Greenwood,” Roush-Elliott says. “So years later, they partnered again and students came back and re-studied the neighborhood and created a masterplan with the community; they really specialize in listening and having community engagement sessions.”
The community had some top priorities for Baptist Town, such as rehabbed and new housing; a community center; safer and better-looking entryways; a playground and parks. And all of these things became part of the masterplan.
“The Carl Small Town Center got together with the Greenwood, Leflore, Carroll Economic Development Foundation and applied to Enterprise Community Partners for an Enterprise Rose Fellow and they were awarded that fellow,” she says. “My husband and I had been working on rural development in Tanzania and we were looking to come back to the States and apply the things that we’d learned over there. So, when this opened up, we applied and we got it and we’ve been really working and focusing on Baptist Town since 2013.”
It was a three-year fellowship and with some funding that was already in place, Roush-Elliott, along with the Greenwood partners, was able to accomplish almost the entire masterplan that had been laid out years earlier.
“Five homes were rehabbed and we’re working on a couple of more now,” she says. “We did 11 new affordable homes and sold them to families who lived in the neighborhood for a cost that fit within their budgets. We purchased a building and rehabbed it for a community center that is open. It offers job training now and will offer other things in the future. We did street lights, sidewalks and signage, and landscaping at all of the entryways. We built two parks and one of them includes a playground.”
Roush-Elliott says those are the tangible things the project has been able to accomplish, but more than that are the relationships that have formed between the city and the people who live in Baptist Town.
“We’re most proud of the changes in people’s lives that we’ve seen,” she adds, “the things that the residents have been able to accomplish all on their own. The homeowners who are all first-time buyers, mostly people a little older in age who have never been able to own their own home before, are now doing it and it’s great. And none of it was gifted; they’re buying their homes. Whatever we invested to develop the home is what the mortgage became.”
John Poros was a teacher at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture and part of the original team that began the planning stages of the project in 2000. Today, Poros is the director of the Carl Small Town Center and is still involved with the ongoing improvements.
“The project got started with Fred Carl of Viking Range Corporation in Greenwood,” Poros says. “And Fred brought us (The Mississippi State School of Architecture) to the neighborhood back then and we had an architectural design studio that looked at the neighborhood then and the Carl Small Town Center gave a report on the project, but unfortunately at that time, we couldn’t get any traction with the project.”
Poros says a few years later, when all of the current partners got involved, they began to see the project move forward.
“The masterplan that we came up with actually won a National American Planning Association Award and once that happened we were able to get funding from the Foundation for the Mid- South, which was about $300,000. Then we were able to move forward and start the work in the neighborhood. That’s when I knew that we had to get Emily Roush-Elliott involved, and on behalf of the Carl Small Town Center, I applied for the Enterprise Rose Fellowship.”
Poros said the Center’s involvement with the project is still strong. “We at the Carl Small Town Center have been working with Emily over the past three years, during her Fellowship to help. Right now, we’re partnering with her to get smaller projects done in the neighborhood by bringing students or faculty members in to help. It’s been an incredible experience and really what you love to see if you’re doing community design. When you can really affect people’s lives and see those results, such as the first-time homeowners; it’s great.”
Alice Leflore is a Baptist Town resident and has been for most of her life. She’s also chair of the management board for the Baptist Town Community Development Center.
“Baptist Town is my home and I have lived there for the majority of my life,” Leflore says. “All of us who live there have always wanted to see our neighborhood improved and revived. It’s our home and we knew what it had once been before the deterioration begun in the late 90s and early 2000s. So, I wanted the neighborhood to be improved and to have the same pride, if not more, than it once had.”
Leflore welcomes the changes that she has seen since the project began and hopes that the progress continues.
“One of the things that I love is the fact that for most of the people in the homes, this is the first time they have ever owned their own home,” Leflore says. “And it’s a really wonderful thing for them. Unfortunately, we have had three people to pass away since they moved into their own home, but I am thankful that they died owning that home that they never thought they would. And I’m happy that we’re on our way to accomplishing the things that we set out to accomplish. We are non-profit now at the Center, so we can go after more programs to assist people and get more things started. So, we are moving forward.”