Tau Sigma Delta presents ‘Transparent Reflections’ exhibit, reception

April 15th, 2014 Comments Off

“Transparent Reflections,” an exhibit sponsored by Tau Sigma Delta (TSD), features the photography of David C. Lewis, Ph.D.

Lewis is the current interim director of the Building Construction Science Program.

The exhibit will be on display in the Giles Gallery from April 15-22, and a reception will be held at 5 p.m. on April 16.

See the full TSD Gallery schedule.

Reception held for TSD’s ‘Graphic Design’ exhibit

March 3rd, 2014 Comments Off

photo by David Lewis

photo by David Lewis

A reception was held at 5 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 26 for Tau Sigma Delta’s “Graphic Design” exhibit.

The designer, John Schaffhauser with Schaffhauser Design, briefly discussed his work and background with students before allowing them to ask questions about particular pieces.

Tau Sigma Delta presents ‘Graphic Design’ exhibit in Giles Gallery

February 6th, 2014 Comments Off

Graphic Design Gallery Show_POSTER 2014

The “Graphic Design” gallery show will be up in the Giles Gallery from Feb. 12 – 28.  A reception will be held on Feb. 26 at 5 p.m.

The show aims to showcase a diagrammatic cross section of what composes a graphic designer and his or her career, specifically focusing on the work of Schaffhauser Design, a business whose work engages in a wide range of design possibilities but specializes in college athletics. Different methods of production will be explored alongside assorted mediums of expression in an effort to grasp both a chronological sense of individual and career development alongside a critical examination of the industry as a whole, taking into account future possibilities with the rise of new technology.

TSD Student Curator: John Taylor Schaffhauser

See the full TSD Gallery schedule.

Young Architects Forum announces Installation (5) competition

February 4th, 2014 Comments Off


The competition is open to all interested students.

(via AIA MS)


Competition instructions are as follows:

Include a 24″x 36″ poster mounted on foam core
Model (if applicable)
CD with .pdf of poster and 5 max. jpegs of model

Applicant’s name should NOT be on front of
submission; name should only be on back of poster as appears on entry form.
Include name on CD.

Entry Fees:
Students (proof required) $30.00
Professionals $40.00
Group $40.00

Additional $10 added to registration fee if
received after Feb.
25, 2014.

February 1, 2014  Competition announcement + acceptance of questions.
February 24, 2014  Deadline for submitting questions & Answers to questions posted on FaceBook page
Feb. 24, 2014(11:59 pm CDT)  Early Registration Closes
February 25, 2014 (12:00am CDT) - March 3, 2014 (5:00pm CDT) Late Registration
March 3, 2014 (5:00 pm CDT)  All Materials Due + Registration Closes
March 7, 2014  Winners’ selected and notified

Physical materials to be submitted to:
Jacob Gines (240 Giles Hall)
899 Collegview St
Post Office Box AQ
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Up to 5 winners will be selected and notified.
Winners will be allowed a $200 construction
stipend to build prototype for display at the gallery show.
Receipts to be remitted to AIA\MS for

Questions? Contact:
Charlotte Martin AIA Mississippi Associate
Director at yaf.mississippi@gmail.com or

The Installation(5) Competition is sponsored by the joint efforts of AIA MS’s Young Architects Forum (YAF), the National Organization for Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) and Tau Sigma Delta (TSD). This collaboration is a first for the groups involved in an effort to bring awareness to the creative efforts of young designers and architects throughout the state. The competition selects five winners to build their design and display the final product in the Giles Gallery in the School of Architecture. The gallery will also display selected entrant posters alongside the winners, curated by Tau Sigma Delta. A reception will follow the gallery opening celebrating the gallery and the NOMAS Symposium speaker, Xena Howard of The Freelon Group. The event is hosted by the School of Architecture. Make sure to attend, and support the collaborative efforts of YAF, NOMAS and TSD!

For updates check www.facebook.com/yafms

Competition Entry Form

Competition Flyer

Reception held for ‘Preserve Nation’ exhibit

January 30th, 2014 Comments Off

TSD student curator Jake Johnson introduces Bellinda Stewart.

TSD student curator Jake Johnson introduces Bellinda Stewart.

A reception was held on Wed., Jan. 29, for the Belinda Stewart Architects P.A. exhibition, “Preserve Nation: An Exhibit on Historical Preservation and Vernacular Design,” in the Giles Gallery.

Many of the firm’s architects came to the reception, including owner Belinda Stewart, FAIA.

Stewart gave a brief history about her career and the firm and left the students with the message to “Do what you love where you love.”

The work will be on display through Fri., Jan. 31.

TSD’s ‘Preserve Nation’ exhibit on display through January

January 23rd, 2014 Comments Off


The School of Architecture and Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD) are excited to feature the work of Belinda Stewart Architects.

“Preserve Nation: An Exhibit on Historical Preservation and Vernacular Design,” will be on display in the Giles Hall Gallery through Jan. 31. A reception will be held on Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.

Student curator for the event was Jake Johnson, and the faculty curator for the TSD exhibits is Professor Jacob Gines.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Click here to see the full 2013-2014 TSD Exhibit Schedule.

Trashion Show work on display in Giles Hall

November 19th, 2013 Comments Off

The MSU Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) in the School of Architecture held the annual Trashion Show with MSU’s Fashion Board on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall.

All the work is currently on display in the Giles Gallery. Click here to watch the video.

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Photos by Taylor Howell | MSU Office of Public Affairs

Photos by Taylor Howell | MSU Office of Public Affairs


Competition offered at ‘What is Eco?’ exhibit reception

October 30th, 2013 Comments Off

Rebecca Dunn Bryant,   managing principal and senior consultant at Watershed (right), discusses her exhibt, "What is Eco?"

Rebecca Dunn Bryant, managing principal and senior consultant at Watershed (right), discusses her exhibit, “What is Eco?”

Rebecca Dunn Bryant, AIA, LEED AP, presented on sustainable architecture during the reception for the “What is Eco?” exhibit.

Bryant is the managing principal and senior consultant of Watershed, a firm out of Fairhope, Ala., that partners with architecture and engineering teams, building owners, developers and contractors to create green building solutions tailored to the specific climate and culture of the deep south.

“It’s so important to put down roots wherever you are,” said Bryant, who recently returned to her home state of Alabama after moving to Colorado to study sustainable design and social ecology and later working in San Francisco and Houston.

Bryant discussed the importance of stepping away from the checklist sometimes when building for LEED certification.

“Look at what’s around,” she said, adding it’s also important to consider how materials will age and if they can be reused as well as considering how the culture can influence architecture.

“Maybe we can create buildings that not only score off the charts with LEED but that the design helps you feel connected to the space.”

Design Challenge
Bryant wrapped up the discussion by issuing a design challenge open to all students in the College of Architecture, Art, and Design.

Four semi-finalists’ work will be posted on her blog, and the nearly 3,000 architects, contractors and other professionals who view the blog will be asked to vote on a winning project.

The winner will receive a solar backpack.  For more information, contact Alex Reeves at agr64@msstate.edu.

“What is Eco?” was presented by the MSU chapter of Tau Sigma Delta and was curated by Alex Reeves.  See the full lineup of TSD exhibits.

CAAD professors, student featured in Reflector article

October 15th, 2013 Comments Off

Jacob Gines, assistant professor, shows students some of his work at the recent reception for the faculty exhibit in Giles Hall.

Jacob Gines shows students some of his work at the recent reception for the faculty exhibit in Giles Hall.

“Prolific Professors: MSU faculty produce projects behind the scenes, and they foster student development”

By Alie Dalee | The Reflector

One of the most understated relationships in a student’s daily life is the relation between student and professor — professors pour into students every day, positively alter their lives, feed them knowledge and shine light on their ideas. They have an unequivocal effect on students’ minds. Professors provide academic nourishment otherwise unavailable to students and color their minds with scholarship.

Professors know students’ thoughts and ideas. Professors read, edit and critique the work produced by the minds they so diligently cultivate. Yet, the work of professors is often unknown territory to students without time spent carefully combing faculty websites in search of professors’ research and accolades.

Professors continue to produce work outside of teaching to fulfill the research the university and professorship requires. However, some professors go beyond research requirements and continue to hone their craft while they teach.

Catherine Pierce, co-director of Mississippi State University’s creative writing program, is the author of two  volumes of poetry and is published in a plethora of literary reviews. She said via email she finds her writing gives her a sense of camaraderie with the students she teaches.

“I hope my students find it encouraging to know that I’m doing the same sort of work I’m asking them to do and that I’m facing the same kinds of challenges daily with regard to revising and generating new ideas,” Pierce said.

Brent Funderburk is the fine arts thesis coordinator for MSU’s Department of Art. His work hangs at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Miss. He said as an artist he uses an extensive amount of his time to create, pretend and delve into ideas.

“I just wanted to run away, to be alone and make things,” he said. “It was always a spiritual experience to be alone. I deeply long for that state — to be alone, to find things.”

Funderburk finds part of his identity in his utilization of art as a creative outlet. He said there is also an equal part of him that identifies with students and yearns to help them understand the creation of art.

He explained his underlying need to teach others art, paralleled with his introspective desire to create, leads him to be an introverted-extrovert and exhibit a need to converse with people who share the same ideas about art. He said it is this part of his person that led him to teach.

“You can’t be still and quiet and working all at the same time, so I was encouraged to teach. I like to perform, so that was a stage where you can have a conversation,” Funderburk said. “The studio classroom is a place where you can jam with your students. Their ideas, your ideas — everyone can play music together and orchestrate that classroom.”

MSU’s School of Architecture makes significant strides to close the gap between professor and student this month. Tau Sigma Delta architectural honor society presents “Exposing Faculty,” a gallery exhibit specifically geared to display the sketches, sculptures, models and other works produced by School of Architecture faculty.

Housed in the peninsula of windows that make up Giles Gallery, Jacob Gines, visiting assistant professor of architecture and faculty adviser to TSD, has models and sketches in the exhibit that are some of the first to catch the eye upon entry.

His sketchbooks display structures across Spain and America with minimalistic beauty in intricately illustrated pencil with watercolor overlay. His master’s thesis, “Hip-Hop in Architecture,” is on display and includes a book ranging from historical accounts of hip-hop to architecture models scaled after the beats of a Tupac Shakur song. Gines said the catalyst for part of his thesis is the similarities he sees between hip-hop music and the design of buildings.

“I wanted to analyze them (hip-hop songs) based on the rhythms, and beats and patterns that existed. Architecture really deals with those same principles, rhythm and proportion and scale,” Gines said. “It’s very clear in hip-hop because those beats are expressed so clearly.”

Gines said the “Exposing Faculty” gallery allows the architecture faculty an opportunity to display the creative work and models they produce outside the classroom.

“At the School of Architecture, we interact with our students so directly all the time. We are constantly critiquing their work,” Gines said. “I think when the students see the work that we’re doing, they probably take us a bit more seriously.”

David Lewis, fourth year architecture major and current president of TSD, is the student curator of the “Exposing Faculty” exhibit. To create the exhibit, he received instruction from the majority of professors featured in the exhibition. He said he gains invaluable inspiration from viewing his professors’ work.

“I think it’s been really beneficial to be able to see that not only do the professors do architecture works, but they do other works. They can pursue other creative outlets,” Lewis said. “Plus it also gives us a really grounded sense. It establishes the credibility of our professors. To see these pretty incredible things that they’ve done gives us not only faith in the things that they know, but in the opportunities we have out there for us.”

The “Exposing Faculty” exhibit is currently on display in the Giles Gallery on the third floor of Giles Hall until Oct. 15.

‘What is Eco?’ exhibit to kick off Oct. 23 with reception

October 15th, 2013 Comments Off


What is Eco?
The exhibit will endeavor to answer that question using project profiles from Watershed’s architectural and green consulting work as well as two interactive design challenges. Students are encouraged to visit, sketch and pin up their design solutions in the “Sun* Shade” and “Rain * Water” areas of the exhibit. Four winning contributions will be profiled in Watershed’s “Ripple Effects” blog, which reaches more than 3,000 design professionals and building owners across the south east.

About Watershed
From their website:
“What’s in a name? Our office is located on the Eastern Shore of the Mobile Bay, at the very bottom of the fourth largest watershed in this country. The actions of millions of people and businesses upstream have significant impacts on the health of our bay and therefore our local economy. While not everyone lives in such a extreme location, we chose the name Watershed as a reminder that we all live downstream.
The alternate meaning of a watershed moment or event also struck a chord in the depths of the recession. Our founding concept was that the economic downturn could be a watershed event, stimulating people to examine the way we build and the way our communities grow so that we can chart a more sustainable course. Since branching out of the “green team” at Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects in 2008, WATERSHED has grown to serve clients across the deep south, focusing on high performance buildings for our hot humid climate.
Our mission is to create and improve buildings so that they to leave this region better than we found it. We want to go beyond “mitigation” or reducing the harm of development, to creating positive impacts on the natural world, positive economic gains and positive social impacts.
Our method is three fold: to build expertise around affordable, sustainable building solutions for our hot humid climate; to create built environments that inspire a greater connection with the natural world; and to perform our work in the spirit of collaboration, sharing information with our communities and clients.”

Click here for the full schedule of exhibitions.

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