Recognition Day was held on May 10 in Giles Hall in Starkville.The Annual Dr. William and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture was presented by Harriet Fulbright.
Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award Professor Jane Britt Greenwood The architectural firm of Allen & Hoshall of Jackson 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 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-, fourth-, or fifth-year of the program.
Tau Sigma Delta First-Year Design Award Ryan Fierro The award is presented to the first-year design student who has exhibited excellence in design.
Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal Casey Tomecek The medal is presented by the third- and fourth-year student membership of the society to a graduating fifth-year student who has expanded the students' insight and awareness of architecture through his or her thesis project.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.
NOMAS Diversity Award Kapish Cheema Jake Johnson Chosen by the NOMAS membership, the award is given to a student who has shown outstanding initiative and leadership in promoting diversity within the school and the larger community.American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Award Salena Tew 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.”
Faculty Book Awards First-Year: Ria Bennett and Ryan Fierro Second-Year: Kevin Flores Third-Year: Brooke Dorman, Cory May and Landon Kennedy Fourth-Year: Chance Stokes and Michael Varhalla These awards, selected by faculty, go to students who exhibit design excellence.
The 2013 Brick Industry Association Design Competition Winners $1,000 travel award: Samantha King $1,000 travel award: Haley Whiteman Honorable Mention: Robert Ledet Honorable Mention: John Taylor Schaffhauser The Brick Industry Association Design Competition – sponsored by the Brick Industry Association, Southeast Region – is an award given each year to two students who are the winners of a semester-long third-year studio competition. The 2013 Brick Industry Association Design Competition was for the design of a Community Arts Center in Birmingham, Ala.
Fourth-Year Capstone Awards Honorable Mention: Tyler Bauman, Ryan Callahan, Danielle Glass and Jacob Owens $500 winners: Mack Braden and Nick Purvis The Capstone Awards are in recognition of exceptional comprehensive design as demonstrated by a fourth-year student. This year, the project was a Blues Museum for The Howlin’ Wolf Blues Society to honor the legendary and seminal blues musician who was born just outside West Point. It is a real project with potential to influence the future design of the actual building project. The program focused on the reuse and addition to the historical McClure Furniture building in downtown West Point along with the consideration of solar panels in a building design. The faculty and students were integrally engaged with the clients including: Richard Ramsey, the director of the Howlin’ Wolf Society; Roger Pryor, Architect w/ Pryor Morrow; the Mayor’s Office; and the West Point Arts Council. This funded studio allowed for student travel to the Delta to analyze the B.B. King Museum along with a trip to visit Sun Records and Beale Street in Memphis. The independent jurors for the selection of these awards were John Beard, AIA, Beard + Riser, Greenwood; and Kevin Moore, assistant professor at The University of Auburn School of Architecture.ARCC King Award Chelsea Pierce Chelsea’s work: For urban areas, sustainability is a working concept, where goals, measurements, and outcomes have undergone extensive research and implementation. In rural areas, almost no research has been done to see how sustainability could be measured or what sustainability goals make sense. This project that Chelsea has worked on attempts to identify indicators for the triple bottom line of economy, community and the environment that relate strongly to rural conditions. The goal is to provide a mechanism for rural communities to understand the impact of the environmental decisions that they make on the socio-economic issues that they care about the most. Chelsea was a team leader in developing the sustainability indicators for the project. She researched existing indicators, worked with primary data sources, and weighed a myriad of possible measures to develop a set of indicators that would work for small rural towns. For these reasons, Chelsea is the recipient of the 2013 ARCC King Medal. Selection for this award is made by the entire faculty. Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, cofounder 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.
Jurists Award Joel Wasser Dennis Daniels Andrew Robertson The Jurists Award, a book award, is conferred by the fifth-year design faculty upon the students who have achieved the greatest personal growth as designers and whose work has contributed to the overall success of the fifth-year design studio.
Academic Achievement Award Scott Penman 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 Will Randolph In September 2004 Dave Young and Eddie Rives, owners of Creative Windows & Doors, and David Morris, Marvin Windows Representative, established this $4,000 traveling fellowship for a student completing the fifth-year.
Alpha Rho Chi Medal Carolyn Lundemo Since 1931 Alpha Rho Chi, a national professional fraternity for architecture and the allied arts, has been awarding the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. 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 Certificate: Scott Penman Medal: Matt Robinson 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 to the runner-up. Selection is made by the entire faculty.Read the story on MSU's website.