School of Architecture awards first Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship

September 28th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture awards first Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Maria Degtyareva

Maria Degtyareva, a third-year architecture student at Mississippi State University, is the fall 2015 recipient of the newly established Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Degtyareva, daughter of Grigoriy and Larisa Degtyareva of Novosibirks, Russia, will receive $3,000 and will spend the semester conducting research with Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

Gines, who is in his fourth year of teaching in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, also serves as the vice president of research and design at Method, a full-service architectural and design firm based in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gines said the firm hopes to establish itself as “thought leaders” in the architectural community – both to generate and disseminate knowledge.

“There is a lot of support for connecting academia to the profession of architecture,” he added. “With this fellowship there is a unique opportunity to strengthen that connection between the Mississippi State School of Architecture and Method Studio, which is a leader around the area for architecture and design.”

“We are honored to be working with Method Studio and value the confidence they have placed in the School of Architecture,” added F.L. Crane Professor and Director of the school Michael Berk. “This research collaboration is an important endorsement of our faculty expertise and will provide our faculty with research assistants, enabling us to continue to push the boundaries of cutting-edge tectonic research.”

While the firm may not be local, Degtyareva and future fellows will be conducting research on issues that are transportable across regions.

“There is strength and value in connecting not just locally but at a distance as well,” said Gines.

The fellowship will also provide students a unique opportunity to interface with professionals with a possibility to present at Method Studio.

“Maria will start to understand at a deeper level the concerns, opportunities and issues that the profession is facing right now,” said Gines. “It’s really great for her to play this critical role in formulating some research – not just for a firm but for the architectural community.”

Degtyareva has already started on her first research assignment – to compare and document design trends in student housing across the U.S.

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