H3 makes Architect magazine’s top 50

September 13th, 2013 Comments Off on H3 makes Architect magazine’s top 50


H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC was recently honored with a ranking by Architect magazine. The firm was ranked 41 overall and ninth for design.

Daria Pizzetta, AIA, partner, graduated from the School of Architecture in 1983 and currently serves on the Advisory Council.

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Research center director part of team receiving $100,000 research grant

July 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Research center director part of team receiving $100,000 research grant

(By Kenneth Billings | MSU)

David Perkes

David Perkes

A member of the Mississippi State architecture faculty is part of a four-person team receiving the American Institute of Architecture’s prestigious Latrobe Prize.

The $100,000 research grant this year is going to associate professor David Perkes, director of the university’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi; Bryan Bell, executive director of Design Corps; University of Illinois at Chicago professor Roberta Feldman; and Sergio Palleroni, senior fellow for the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University.

The honor recognizes their proposal, titled “Public Interest Practice in Architecture.” The team will “investigate the needs that can be addressed by public interest practices and the variety of ways that public interest practices are operating.”

Perkes has led the Harrison County studio since 2005, when it was established to provide architectural design and planning services, and leadership to Mississippi coastal communities affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Perkes said their research will focus on three questions: what are needs that may be addressed by public interest practices; how current public interest practices are operating; and what is necessary for public interest work to become a significant segment of architectural practice?

“Our research will benefit the public, in part, from the knowledge gained about the public’s needs and the effectiveness of architectural practice to address those needs from the surveys and interviews,” Perkes said. “Our objectives overall are intended to strengthen existing practices and to provide guidance for the development of a public interest component for a significant segment of architectural practice.”

The grant, named for architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, is awarded biennially by the AIA College of Fellows for research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession. (For more on the AIA, visit www.aia.org/.)

Read the guide,“Wisdom from the Field: Public Interest Architecture in Practice,” co-authored by Perkes.

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Architecture professor Alexis Gregory has paper accepted into BTES summer conference

April 17th, 2013 Comments Off on Architecture professor Alexis Gregory has paper accepted into BTES summer conference

Alexis Gregory’s paper, “Teaching Building Technology Through Haptic Learning Techniques,” has been accepted into the 2013 Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES) conference.

Gregory, AIA, is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at MSU. Her paper will be presented at the conference, which will be held on July 12-13 at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.

Papers that best matched this year’s conference theme of “Teaching Tectonics” were chosen and blind-reviewed by three peers.

Paper Abstract:
“Students struggle to understand concepts and the application of those concepts when they are only engaged in a lecture hall. The proliferation of only visual and verbal learning techniques is not enough to help our students understand the materials and technologies necessary in architecture. Haptic learning techniques take the visual and verbal and make it real for our students. This paper posits that the addition of haptic learning techniques in construction technology classes will not only strengthen the connection between the visual and the actual, but also create more opportunities to teach the materials and technologies our students will need to become successful architects. The traits of Millennial students and how those traits can be harnessed to integrate haptic learning in construction technology courses will be discussed, as well as courses that have implemented these ideas and techniques.

Construction technology courses teach the traits of materials and the construction detailing of those materials in relation to the architectural design. Student projects range from scaled structural models to help students understand the limitations and connections of the materials and structural systems to full scale details of structural connections that help students better understand all of the decisions inherent in design and its impact on the architecture. Smaller scale projects allow a different level of haptic experience by giving the students the opportunity to both design and construct their ideas. These haptic learning techniques not only help the students better understand design and its relationship to construction, but also their integrated relationship and how important it is they work together to create beautiful architecture.”

Architecture alumna Belinda Stewart elevated to AIA Fellow

February 12th, 2013 Comments Off on Architecture alumna Belinda Stewart elevated to AIA Fellow

Belinda Stewart was one of just 122 AIA members elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the 2013 Jury of Fellows.

Out of a total of over 80,000 AIA members, only about 3,000 members have received this distinguished honor.

Stewart, the founder of Belinda Stewart Architects, PA and past AIA Mississippi president, was honored in the Public Service Work category.

Anne Marie Decker, the current president of the Mississippi chapter of AIA, described Stewart in a congratulatory letter.

“Belinda has been serving her community and the state of Mississippi as an exceptional architect in the broadest sense of the term for many years. She is a trailblazer, a successful architect in small town Mississippi, the first female president of AIA Mississippi and now the first female Fellow of the Institute from Mississippi.” (Click here to read the full letter).

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Stewart and the 2013 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2013 National AIA Convention.

See the list of 2013 AIA Fellows.

See Belinda Stewart’s Summary of Achievements.

Fifth-year Architecture student receives AIA Scholarship

November 28th, 2012 Comments Off on Fifth-year Architecture student receives AIA Scholarship

Carolyn Lundemo, a fifth-year student in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, has received a $2,000 scholarship from the Mobile Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in association with the AIA Component Scholarship Program.

Justin Lucas, the 2012 president of the Mobile Chapter of the AIA and a graduate from the Mississippi State School of Architecture, will present the award to Lundemo at the organization’s Christmas party.

“I am very excited for the opportunities that can potentially come from receiving this award,” Lundemo said, adding that she is especially excited to meet Lucas and the other AIA members at the party.

A graduate of Pearl River High School in New York, Lundemo has worked to support herself through school each year and said being a fifth-year student is especially challenging because she has met the cap for student loans.

“The extra funding will allow me to just concentrate on my work rather than my budget,” she said. “It’ll relieve a lot of stress.”

After graduation, Lundemo plans to continue her education through gaining experience at a firm.

“The plan is to put in as many hours as possible to enable myself to take the licensing exams furthering my goal of being a licensed architect.”

The fifth-year student also wants to use her talent to help others by volunteering for programs like Habitat for Humanity and working with less fortunate children to encourage them to express their creative ideas.

“I am ready for this next phase and cannot wait to get out and put my touch on the world through design.”

Touchstone honored as 2012 Alumni Fellow

November 13th, 2012 Comments Off on Touchstone honored as 2012 Alumni Fellow

Bradley Tochstone accepts the award for 2012 Alumni Fellow from Dean Jim West. (Photo by Russ Houston | MSU University Relations)

Bradley C. Touchstone, AIA, was recently chosen to represent the College of Architecture, Art and Design in the MSU Alumni Association’s class of 2012 Alumni Fellows.

Touchstone, a 1992 graduate from the School of Architecture, has over 15 years of bridge design experience and has operated his own firm for the past 10 years. The founder and principal of Touchstone Architecture and Consulting, P. A., he has dedicated his career to the planning, design and construction of transportation projects worldwide.

The MSU alumnus has participated in a leadership role on some of the nation’s largest transportation projects including the $4 billion Columbia River Crossing in Portland, Ore., the $5 billion Detroit River International Crossing between the U.S. and Canada and the $245 million Christopher Bond Bridge in Kansas City, Mo. He has also worked on signature international projects including the A-25 Completion Project in Montreal, Canada, and the recently completed Saadiyat Bridge in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

The 2012 Alumni Fellow has given hundreds of presentations and lectures on transportation-related subjects. He has taught at the Florida A&M School of Architecture and was a featured speaker at the International Bridge Conference.

His work has been published both nationally and internationally in publications such as Architectural Digest, Bridge Design and Engineering International, Roads and Bridges, Florida and Caribbean Architect and Engineering News Record.

Touchstone and the eight other 2012 Alumni Fellows will be honored on campus Nov. 15-17 in conjunction with the MSU vs. Arkansas football game.

Check out the story about the Alumni Fellows in Alumnus magazine on Page 42!

Herrmann named ‘Emerging Professional’ by AIA

July 20th, 2012 Comments Off on Herrmann named ‘Emerging Professional’ by AIA

Valley Retreat, Hans C. Herrmann, Hans Herrmann Design

According to The American Institute of Architecture’s website:
The American Institute of Architects, Center for Emerging Professionals sponsors an annual exhibition of architectural work, art, and designs of emerging architectural professionals across North America. This annual exhibition promotes the compelling work of the rising generation of architects and designers and inspires professionals to continue to mentor and engage the many talented and motivated emerging professionals across the country.

The annual exhibition is presented at AIA National’s headquarters, the American Center for Architecture, in Washington, DC. The exhibition is on display from February through the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference.

Professor Hans Herrmann’s work was selected for 2012.

2012 AIA MS Brick Award Winners announced

July 12th, 2012 Comments Off on 2012 AIA MS Brick Award Winners announced

According to AIA Mississippi’s website, the purpose of the competition is to honor and promote exemplary architectural design when clay brick is used as a predominant building material.  Awards honor the best and most innovative use of brick in commercial, residential, landscape projects, or in other unique applications.

A jury of architects from outside the state reviewed the project submittals and selected winners based on the skill and creativeness of the architect or architectural firm designing with brick. Award certificates were presented to the winning architectural firm, project owner, and the brick manufacturer and supplier. The President’s Award – the top brick award winner – carries with it a $2,000 scholarship donation to the winning firm’s architectural school of choice.

The MSU School of Architecture was well represented. Congratulations to the following 2012 award winners.

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