Duvall Decker firm featured on World-Architects

May 22nd, 2015 Comments Off on Duvall Decker firm featured on World-Architects

Photo: Timothy Hursley (via world-architects.com)

Photo: Timothy Hursley (via world-architects.com)

World-Architects.com, the premium network of outstanding architects, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, lighting consultants and architectural photographers, recently featured Duvall Decker Architects Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services Cooperative Data Center.

“Two buildings with disparate functions and programing create an ensemble, in which an expanded field of potential experience is promoted. A monolithic, poured-in-place hardened concrete data center and a flexible, open steel frame office building, are positioned and shaped as sisters.”

Duvall Decker Architects specializes in public buildings, state institutions, school and university buildings, affordable housing and planning. The firm is a recognized leader and has received state, regional and national awards for design excellence. Most recently, the building featured by World-Architects.com (above) was awarded the 2014 Design with Brick President’s Award. The design for the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building at Hinds Community College was honored with a 2013 AIA Committee on Architecture for Education Excellence Award. The Oak Ridge House received a 2013 AIA Gulf State Region Honor Award. The Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center earned a 2013 AIA Gulf State Region Honor Citation and a 2011 Design with Brick President’s Award. The firm’s work has frequently been published and highlighted in publications such as the Journal of Architectural Education, Houses for All Regions, a book published by AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network, Design Bureau Magazine, the Oxford American and in exhibits such as AIA’s “Design for the Decades.”

Anne Marie Decker (MSU S|ARC Class of 1994) is principal with and her partner Roy Decker. Anne Marie was the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Alumni Fellow in 2009; most recently, she served as the Eminent Architect of Practice at the Jackson Center and was the 2015 Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecturer for the school’s annual Recognition Day.

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Jackson architect, MSU alumna to serve as School of Architecture’s third ‘Eminent Architect of Practice’

December 10th, 2014 Comments Off on Jackson architect, MSU alumna to serve as School of Architecture’s third ‘Eminent Architect of Practice’

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Anne Marie Decker, AIA, will serve as the Mississippi State University School of Architecture’s 2015 Eminent Architect of Practice.

Decker, a 1994 summa cum laude graduate of the school, will work with the fifth-year studio faculty at the Stuart C. Irby Jr. Studios in Jackson to help students in their last semester of study produce their capstone comprehensive projects.

The school established the Eminent Architect of Practice visiting faculty position in 2011 as a way to bring a distinguished award-winning architect of contemporary practice to the MSU campus to teach and mentor students. Decker represents the third Eminent Architect, following Larry Scarpa, FAIA, and Todd Walker, FAIA.

“This semester-long faculty appointment is reserved for nationally recognized, award-winning architects to become an integral part of the studio teaching experience at MSU and most importantly, to interact, energize and critique student projects,” said Michael Berk, AIA, F.L. Crane Professor and director of the School of Architecture. “We are incredibly honored that Anne Marie has agreed to serve with us in this prestigious teaching position.”

Decker is a principal with her partner Roy Decker, AIA, in Duvall Decker Architects P.A. located in Jackson. In 2004, she was honored as the Alumni Fellow for the College of Architecture, Art and Design for her achievements in practice. In 2009, she and Roy Decker jointly held the Paul Rudolf Visiting Professorship at the Auburn University School of Architecture. She has lectured on the firm’s work at numerous universities and conferences including AIA Louisiana’s Celebrate Architecture Symposium, the International Merleau-Ponty Circle Conference, Mississippi State University, Louisiana State University and the University of Utah.

Duvall Decker Architects specializes in public buildings, state institutions, school and university buildings, affordable housing and planning. The firm is a recognized leader and has received state, regional and national awards for design excellence. Most recently the design for the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building at Hinds Community College was honored with a 2013 AIA Committee on Architecture for Education Excellence Award. The Oak Ridge House received a 2013 AIA Gulf State Region Honor Award. The Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center earned a 2013 AIA Gulf State Region Honor Citation and a 2011 Design with Brick President’s Award. The firm’s work has frequently been published and highlighted in publications such as the Journal of Architectural Education, Houses for All Regions, a book published by AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network, Design Bureau Magazine, the Oxford American and in exhibits such as AIA’s “Design for the Decades.”

Anne Marie Decker currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and holds the title of past president. She is a registered architect in Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Tennessee.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

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Duvall Decker office by Duvall Decker Architects P.A, Jackson, MS

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Oak Ridge House by Duvall Decker Architects P.A, Jackson, MS

Duvall Decker Architects earns national recognition

June 20th, 2013 Comments Off on Duvall Decker Architects earns national recognition

south facade of the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building design by Duvall Decker Architects, P.A. | Photo Credit: Mark Howell

South facade of the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building designed by Duvall Decker Architects, P.A. | Photo Credit: Mark Howell

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Designed by Jackson architectural firm Duvall Decker Architects, P.A., the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building on the Jackson Campus of Hinds Community College has been recognized with an AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Award of Excellence. The award honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.

As one of seven projects chosen from 80 submissions, the project was reviewed by a panel of prominent professionals specializing in educational facility design.

Jurors commented, “(t)his simple and honest building with strong forms and an elegant façade shows that a few simple gestures can render a sense of identity to an otherwise nondescript campus. The rigorous use of materials, straightforward detailing and clarity of concept elevates the modest program to a new level. The jury admired the light, airy classrooms that combined the translucent, transparent, fixed and operable glazing.”

Jurors noted that all of the winning projects “exemplify innovation through the client’s educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process. In addition, connection to the site, surrounding campus, community and environment are evident in the design solutions.”

The building is on the Academic/Technical Center campus, one of six campuses of Hinds Community College, the largest community college in the state of Mississippi. Upon notification of the award, college president, Dr. Clyde Muse said, “I’ve never seen an architect get so much character out of a rectangle.”

The 2013 CAE Awards will be presented at a special reception during the AIA National Convention on June 20th, 2013, in Denver, Colo. Anne Marie Decker, a 1994 graduate from the MSU School of Architecture, will accept the award.

 Additional recognition
American-Architects is taking a state-by-state look at architecture in the United States for its 2013 Building of the Week feature. The e-magazine will present one recent project from each state in alphabetical order, from Alabama to Wyoming. Projects will be added every Monday for 50 weeks.

The Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building is the project chosen to represent Mississippi.

Click here to read the full email interview conducted by John Hill with American-Architects about the featured building.

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.

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