School of Architecture, AIA to host Atmos Energy Workshop

March 19th, 2013 Comments Off on School of Architecture, AIA to host Atmos Energy Workshop

Each year, the Mississippi State University School of Architecture and the Mississippi chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) host a CEU energy-related lecture/workshop open to students, professors, regional practitioners and other interested members of the community. This annual event, sponsored by Atmos Energy, consists of a structured workshop with two industry speakers.

This year’s workshop will be held on Thurs., April 11 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the School of Architecture’s fifth-year program facilities in Jackson – the Stuart C. Irby Jr. Studios (509 East Capitol Street). The cost is $55 for AIA members and $95 for nonmembers; architecture students get in for free, and lunch will be provided.

The program will begin with a welcome and presentation on “The Golden Age of Gas” by Bob Kerley, vice president of Atmos Energy, Mississippi Division.

Next, the featured speaker, Alison G. Kwok, Ph.D, LEED® AP, will discuss the conceptual and practical aspects of Solar PV and how an office can immediately start promoting and specifying this technology in order to affect immediate environmental change. She will demonstrate how to get started and what resources to use when designing with this technology in mind.

Kwok, a registered architect, is a professor at the University of Oregon. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkley in 1990 and earned her Ph.D in 1997. Kwok is co-author of The Green Studio Handbook, a book of practical guidelines for applying environmental strategies during the schematic design of green buildings. She is also the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Upjohn Research Initiative and is currently collaborating with architectural firms to document the design and delivery process of new buildings that meet the 2030 Challenge.

The final speaker, Michael Smith, PE, LEED® AP, will discuss “Multi-Zone Gas Heat Pump Technology.”

Smith is president and founder of MD Engineering, a design engineering firm based out of Plano, Texas. He graduated from MSU in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Mississippi, Texas and eight other states.  MD Engineering has a history of providing innovative and energy efficient projects, including designing the city of Starkville’s first LEED-certified project. MD Engineering projects have also included active and passive chilled beams, photovoltaic systems, LED lighting systems and natural gas heat pumps.

To register for the event or for more information, contact Joe Blake, executive director of AIA Mississippi, at 601-360-0082 or

Or, click here to register now! (Online registration ends Tues., April 9 at 12 p.m.)

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