Architecture students present fall 2017 Final Reviews

December 11th, 2017 Comments Off on Architecture students present fall 2017 Final Reviews

Thurs., Nov. 16 and Fri. Nov. 17 – Fifth-Year Reviews
Jackson Urban projects

Mon., Nov. 20 – First-Year Reviews
Foundational intervention (3 media: wood; metal; casting)

Mon., Nov. 27 – Second-Year Reviews
Collaborative Studio w/ BCS   ‘Quaker Meeting House’

Tues., Nov. 28 – Third-Year Reviews
‘Urban Chicago medium density Housing’

Wed., Nov. 29 – Fourth-Year Reviews

Studio 1: Mass Timber Office Bldg in Jackson

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

Studio 2: Ripley MS Master Planning w/ CSTC

 

MSU students recognized for wood-structure design achievements

November 14th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU students recognized for wood-structure design achievements

(Prahbu’s virtual tour of his winning design.)

 

By Sammy McDavid | Mississippi State University

Two Mississippi State architecture majors are recent winners of the highest national honors presented in a design competition sponsored by the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.

University seniors Omkar H. Prabhu, a native of Mumbai, India, and Curtis M. Reed of Montgomery, Alabama, took first- and second-place, respectively, in the organization’s Sustainable Versatility Design Awards challenge.

The judges’ vote was unanimous for Prabhu, whose award was accompanied by a $1,500 cash prize. Reed’s came with $750. Prabhu traveled to Newport, Rhode Island, earlier this semester to personally accept his award during NELMA’s annual meeting.

MSU was among more than 20 institutions throughout the U.S. whose students submitted design proposals for the intense and demanding competition.

Both students are at the School of Architecture’s downtown Jackson center, completing the fifth and final year in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design’s architecture program—the only one of its kind in the Magnolia State.

Founded in 1933 and based in Cumberland, Maine, NELMA is the non-profit trade organization representing the softwood lumber industry throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. For more, see www.nelma.org.

The NELMA competition brief “called for the redesign of each applicant’s architecture school by utilizing innovative timber technologies and sustainable practices,” said Jacob A. Gines.

Prabhu and Reed’s winning designs were adaptations of work completed last year in the architecture school’s TIMB(R) Studio that the MSU assistant professor leads.

TIMB(R) is the acronym for Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined. Open to fourth-year architecture majors, the campus-based studio was supported by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative  Inc., an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to responsible forest management, along with the Mississippi Forestry Association and Weyerhaeuser Co. through its SFI Conservation and Community Partnership Grants Program.

Last year, both students also won significant design recognitions. Prabhu became the fourth MSU architecture major named an Undergraduate Research Fellow of the Method Studio, a Utah-based architectural design firm. For Reed, it was the top $500 TIMB(R)-sponsored prize for most innovative uses of interior and exterior wood technologies in the design of an architecture studio.

 

For more about the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design and its School of Architecture, visit, respectively, www.caad.msstate.edu/caad/home.php and www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/home.php. Gines may be reached at jgines@caad.msstate.edu or 662-325-0094.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, also available online at www.msstate.edu.

See the feature on the Northern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA) website.

Christopher Scott Hunter delivers Harrison Lecture

November 7th, 2017 Comments Off on Christopher Scott Hunter delivers Harrison Lecture

By Kelsey Brownlee

On Mon., Nov. 6, Christopher Scott Hunter presented the third Harrison Lecture for fall 2017. The event took place in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall at 4 p.m. 

Hunter came and spoke about Texas A&M University, which he currently attends. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Science in Architecture from Texas A&M University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in architecture.

Hunter has about 30 years of experience under his belt from working on big architecture projects for major design firms in Dallas, Texas.

School of Architecture announces fall 2017 Final Jury Review schedule

November 1st, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces fall 2017 Final Jury Review schedule

Fifth-Year Program  FINAL JURY SCHEDULE    (in Jackson MS)                                                                       Jury to be in the 5th-Year Jackson Center on Capitol Street. Please call first to confirm times. 601.354.6480

Thurs., Nov. 16
Fifth-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Jackson Urban projects

Fri., Nov. 17
Fifth-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Jackson Urban projects

Main Campus  FINAL JURY SCHEDULE    (in Starkville)                                                                                   Jury to be in either Giles Gallery or Fazio Jury Room 

Mon., Nov. 20
First-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Foundational intervention (3 media: wood; metal; casting)

Mon., Nov. 27
Second-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Collaborative Studio w/ BCS   ‘Quaker Meeting House’

Tues., Nov. 28
Third-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
‘Urban Chicago medium density Housing’

Wed., Nov. 29
Fourth-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
2 studios: 1) Mass Timber Office Bldg in Jackson &  2) Ripley MS Master Planning w/ CSTC

 

Timothy McDonald presents second fall 2017 Harrison Lecture

October 29th, 2017 Comments Off on Timothy McDonald presents second fall 2017 Harrison Lecture

By Kelsey Brownlee

On Fri., Oct. 27, Timothy McDonald presented the second Harrison Lecture for fall 2017. The event took place in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m. 

McDonald spoke about his firm, Onion Flats, which he and his brother founded. Onion Flats is a Philadelphia based real estate development/design/build firm. McDonald serves as lead architect and construction manager for many of Onion Flats’ projects.

Tim has been an adjunct professor of architecture at Philadelphia University, Temple University, University of Calgary and University of Pennsylvania. He also holds positions in many neighborhood association zoning committees. 

MSU architecture students participate in 2017 field trips

October 14th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU architecture students participate in 2017 field trips

Mississippi State’s School of Architecture’s annual Field Trip Week was Sept. 24-29. These field trips allow for students to travel to metropolitan areas to meet with architecture professionals, visit sites, and observe urban environments.

First-Year Studio: Dallas, Texas
Professors: Andrew Tripp, Francesca Hankins, and Ryan Fierro
Some of the places that the students were able to visit were:

  • The Interfaith Peace Chapel by Philip Johnson
  • Kimbell Art Museum by Louis I. Kahn
  • Marty Leonard Chapel by E. Fay Jones

    Kimball Art Museum

    Picture 1 of 1

Second-Year Studio: Washington, D.C.
Professors: John Poros and Alexis Gregory
Students were able to visit the following places:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
  • National Building Museum
  • Finnish Embassy
  • Washington Cathedral
  • Sidwell Friends
  • Perkins + Will DC Office
  • National Gallery of Art
  • United States Capitol Building
  • National Mall
  • Monticello
  • School of Architecture at the University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia Lawn

Third-Year Studio: Chicago, Ill.
Professors: Bryan Norwood and Justin Taylor 

Fourth-Year Studio: Boston, Mass.
Professors: Jacob Gines and Fred Esenwein
While in Boston, the students were able to visit several different locations:

  • Old North Church
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • MIT Chapel
    • Kresge Auditorium
    • MIT Media Lab
    • Ray and Maria Stata Center
    • Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex
    • Baker House
    • Simmons Hall
  • Harvard University
    • Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
    • Sever Hall/Grossman Library
    • Harvard Yard
    • Austin Hall
    • Gund Hall
    • Harkness Commons
    • Design Research Building
    • Harvard University Science Center
    • Peabody Terrace
  • Boston City Hall
  • John F. Kennedy Federal Building
  • Boston Government Service Center
  • Historic Otis House
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • Boston Common
  • Paul Revere House
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art
  • University of Massachusetts
    • Design Building
    • Integrative Learning Center
    • Fine Arts Center
  • Northeastern University Museum of Fine Arts
  • Trinity Church
  • Boston Public Library
  • John Hancock Tower
  • Copley Place
  • Church of the Covenant
  • Phillips Exeter Academy Library

 

MSU Collaborative Studio completes bench design/build

October 10th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU Collaborative Studio completes bench design/build

(photos by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)

The fall 2017 Collaborative Studio has been busy so far this semester.

Forty-four architecture and 39 building construction science students collaborated on the design and construction of benches used by 13 American Utopian communities and also built benches of their own design.

Professors:
Associate Professor Alexis Gregory (architecture)
Briar Jones, lecturer (building construction science)
Visiting Associate Professor George Martin (building construction science)
Professor John Poros (architecture)

Review I:

(photos by John Poros)

Review II:

(photos by John Poros)

Check out videos the students created explaining the construction of their bench designs:

See the work featured as the State Spotlight!

Marika Dunne featured as university’s ‘Our People’

September 8th, 2017 Comments Off on Marika Dunne featured as university’s ‘Our People’

Photo by Beth Wynn | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University

Even though Marika Dunne has family in Washington, D.C., and visits often, she had never stepped foot in the U.S. Capitol. That all changed, however, with eight days of hard work and dedication.

Dunne – an entering freshman architecture major in Mississippi State University’s Shackouls Honors College – was encouraged last year by her Starkville High School art teacher, Andrew Lark, to enter the 2017 National Congressional Art Competition.

With the deadline closing in, Dunne took over her family’s dining room and went straight to work every day after school for eight days. 

“Starting is by far the hardest part,” she said.

But she soon completed her piece, a white charcoal pencil still-life drawing on black paper, which she titled “Southern Silver.”

“We could submit any type of art, but my favorite is realistic, fine art,” the daughter of James and Demetra Dunne said. “I like that it’s possible to make something look real.”

She credits Lark for that skill.

“He taught me so much about how to do a piece like that – how to shade objects and make them feel real,” she said. “And, it was his composition that I drew.”

Dunne was shocked when she found out she won Best in Show for the state’s Third Congressional District.

“I was just so honored to have won, but then I found out it came with more,” she said.

Along with winning, Dunne’s work will represent U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi, and will hang in one of the hallways of the Capitol for the entire year.

Marika Dunne with her winning artwork and U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi. (photo submitted)

She also received four one-way tickets courtesy of Southwest Airlines, which she cashed in for two round-trip tickets to D.C. for her mother and her to see the exhibit and take part in the competition’s reception.

“Congressman Harper took us on an amazing tour of the building,” she said. “I was just really impressed by how he took time out of his day to talk to us and show us around.”

Dunne said this was her first real composition work, and it has given her further confidence in her abilities as she immerses herself in her first year of architecture school.

“It showed me that if I really stick with it, I can get something done and make it look real if I remember to focus on what that object is in real life,” she said.

The competition also has given her a new outlook on life.

“It was so cool to walk around the Capitol and know that I did something to get there,” she said. “Through the rest of my life, I will be trying to do stuff to get me somewhere – not wait around and let stuff happen.”

Carl Joe Williams presents first fall 2017 Harrison Lecture

August 28th, 2017 Comments Off on Carl Joe Williams presents first fall 2017 Harrison Lecture

Images by Ryan Fierro

By Kelsey Brownlee

On Fri., Aug. 25, Carl Joe Williams presented the first Harrison Lecture for fall 2017. The event took place in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m. 

Williams came and spoke about Blights Out, which he is a founding member of. Blights Out is a collective of artists, activists and architects working to imagine and design a new model for housing development centered outside the for-profit market; Blights Out generates dialogue, art and action to support the movement for permanently affordable housing and challenge blight, displacement and gentrification.

Williams’ work has been displayed in several venues throughout the United States, including Journeys, an installation at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Williams’ Sculptural Trees installation on the median of Veterans Boulevard.

See the full Harrison Lecture Series schedule here.

School of Architecture announces 2017-2018 Giles Gallery exhibition schedule

August 23rd, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces 2017-2018 Giles Gallery exhibition schedule

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