(Via the National American Institute of Architects’ release)
The AIA Foundation, now called the Architects Foundation, recently announced two more Regional Resilience Design Studios as part of its ongoing National Resilience Initiative, which aims to create a network of Regional Resilience Design Studios across the country.
The two new studios are Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, part of the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Art and Design; and the University of Arkansas’ Community Design Center at the Fay Jones School of Architecture.
“These two new studios, based on the Gulf Coast and in tornado-prone Arkansas, are crucial to our creating a national network of resilience design experts who can help communities become resilient and prepare both for disasters and the effects of climate change,” said Sherry-Lea Bloodworth-Botop, Executive Director of the Architects Foundation.
Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, located in Biloxi, Mississippi, was created to respond to Hurricane Katrina and has evolved from disaster recovery to long-term efforts of resilience. The design studio has a full-time staff of planners, architects and landscape architects and works in collaboration with many municipal and community organizations on projects that address mitigation and adaption of households and communities facing hurricane risks, the economic challenges of living in expanded flood zones, and coastal environments threatened by increased development and sea level rise. The design studio’s work includes fortified and flood-proof building design, community engaged storm water and flood-resistant landscapes, low impact land-use in watershed planning, and regional information and cooperation.
“The challenge to transform our cities to be more resilient for extreme events should be seen as an opportunity to make our cities better places to live from day to day,” said David Perkes, Director, Gulf Coast Community Design Studio. “The increasing public awareness of risk is an opportunity for all of us to make stronger and more livable cities.”
First announced at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the NRI is a partnership that also includes the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Rockefeller’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative and others that seek to build a network of community-and university-based design studios dedicated to sharing best practices about how to help communities establish built environments that are more prepared for disasters and more resilient following shocks and stresses.
In 2014, the Foundation announced the first Regional Resilience Design Studio at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Center for Resilient Design in Newark, N.J. The program was kicked-off with an initial $250,000 social impact investment by Benjamin Moore & Co.
“Having the American Institute of Architects name the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio as a nationally-recognized Regional Resilience Center is quite an honor for the School of Architecture,” said F.L. Crane Endowed Professor and Director Michael Berk. “It truly speaks of the amazing outreach and seminal research which the GCCDS has been conducting over the past decade in the wake of Katrina. This designation acknowledges their leadership as an international ‘think-tank’ in disaster-resilient matters.”
About the Architects Foundation
The American Institute of Architects Foundation, now called the Architects Foundation, advances excellence in design for the benefit of the public. As a nonprofit philanthropic extension of the American Institute of Architects, the Architects Foundation is the consummate voice and advocate for architecture and design in America. The Architects Foundation is dedicated to the belief that good design is good for all and plays an essential role in transforming lives and building a better world.
(Front row, left to right): Robert Ledet, Landon Kennedy, Trey Symington, Melinda Ingram, KeAirra Williams, Ashlyn Temple, Anna Lyle, Samantha King, J. Brooke Dorman, Sanjay Rajput, Nick Purvis, Will Commarato, Anthony Penny, Will Tonos; (back row, left to right): Katherine Ernst, Kyle Stover, John Taylor Schaffhauser, Michael Davis, David Lewis, Cory May, Rusty McInnis, Emily Lysek, Byron Belle, Nick Dodd, Jared Barnett, Rachel McKinley, Mark Riley, Colton Stephens, McKenzie Moran, Alex Reeves, Larry Travis, Clay Cottingham and John Thomas (photo: Justin Taylor)
Dean West introduces Dr. Peter Ryan.
Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 8, 2015 in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.
Dr. Peter Ryan
Dr. Peter Ryan, associate provost for Academic Affairs, welcomed everyone to campus.
F.L. Crane Professor and Director welcomes his former student Anne Marie Decker.
Anne Marie Decker
Alumna Anne Marie Decker gave the 25th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.
Faculty was recognized before announcing the awards.
2014-2015 School of Architecture Awards:
Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Recipient: Associate Professor Jassen Callender
The architectural firm of Allen & Hoshall of Jackson, Mississippi, 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 Honor Society (TSD)
Chapter President: Mary Sanders
Faculty Advisors: Hans Herrmann, Associate Professor
Jacob Gines, Assistant Professor
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-year.
Ashton Aime, Ria Bennett, Caleb Fearing, Ryan Fiero,
TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Richard Cottingham, J. Brooke Dorman, Landon Kennedy,
David Lewis, Rusty McInnis, Alex Reeves,
John Taylor Schaffhauser, Larry Travis
TSD First-Year Design Award
Recipient: Matthew Lewis
The Tau Sigma Delta First-Year Design Award is presented to the first-year design student who has exhibited excellence in design. This is a book award.
TSD Bronze Award
Recipient: Jared Barnett
The Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal is presented by the third- and fourth-year student membership of the society to a fifth-year student who, in his/her thesis
project, has expanded the students’ insight and awareness of architecture.
TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient: Erik Herman
The Tau Sigma Delta Faculty Book Award is presented by the third- and fourth-year student members to the faculty member who has inspired them
TSD Charles Calvo Digital Media Award
Recipient: Ryan Mura
In fall 2000, Tau Sigma Delta established this book award in memory of a School of Architecture faculty member, Charles Calvo, and his contribution to the field of digital media in architecture. This award goes to a fourth-year student who, like Charles, has exemplified an incredible knowledge and skill in digital media and has continually educated other students in this field. A copy of the book given to the award winner is also given to the library in memory of Charles.
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President: Aryn Phillips
Faculty Advisors: Emily McGlohn, Assistant Professor
Erik Herman, Visiting Assistant Professor
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) is the student arm of the 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.
The 2015 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient: Kapish Cheema
Chosen by the NOMAS membership, the NOMAS Diversity Award is given to a
student who has shown outstanding initiative and leadership in promoting diversity within the School and the larger community.
Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Chapter President: Megan Vansant
Faculty Advisor: Justin Taylor, Assistant Clinical Professor
Alpha Rho Chi is the only national co-ed professional/social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. MSU’s Hippodamus chapter includes members representing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering. Their mission is academic excellence, and the group focuses on leadership, mentoring and professionalism.
Alpha Rho Chi Student Book Award
Recipient: Melinda Ingram
The Alpha Rho Chi student book award is given to a graduating fifth-year
architecture student who is an active member of Alpha Rho Chi who has
furthered the mission of the fraternity through service.
American Institute of Architecture Students
Chapter President (2015-2016): Emily Turner
Faculty Advisor: Alexis Gregory, Assistant Professor
American Institute of Architecture Students is the student counterpart of the American Institute of Architects. The chapter works closely with professional architects in the state through the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
(Anna Barr not pictured)
AIAS Member of the Year Award
Recipient: Anna Barr
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.”
Mississippi Chapter AIA Book Award
Presented by: Michael Berk, Director
Recipient: Alex Reeves
This inaugural award is funded by the Mississippi Chapter of the American
Institute of Architects. It recognizes a high-achieving student who holds a
leadership position within the MSU chapter of the American Institute of
(Rayce Belton and Tahir Khan not pictured)
First-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Andrew R. Tripp, Assistant Professor
Recipient: Rayce Belton, Tahir Khan
This award is a book selected by the first-year faculty and is presented to a first-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.
Second-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Justin Taylor, Assistant Clinical Professor
Recipient: Lara Lynn Waddell
This award is a book selected by the second-year faculty and is presented to a second-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.
Third-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Alexis Gregory, Assistant Professor
Recipients: Ashton Aime, Ria Bennett
This award is a book selected by the third-year faculty and is presented to a third-year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.
Fourth-Year Capstone Awards:
Fourth-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Hans Herrmann, Associate Professor
Recipients: Cody Smith, Haley Whiteman
This award is a book selected by the fourth-year faculty and is presented to a fourth-
year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.
Fourth-Year Jurists’ Award
Recipients: Hannah Waycaster, Haley Whiteman
The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by visiting jurors and critics upon the
student(s) who has achieved the greatest personal growth as a designer, and whose
work has contributed to the overall success of the fourth-year Design Studio.
ARCC King Award
Presented by: John Poros, CSTC Director
Recipient: Anthony Penny
Selection for this award is made by the entire faculty. Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder 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.
Fifth-Year Jurists’ Award
Presented by: Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients: Jared Barnett, Will Commarato
The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by the fifth-year design faculty upon the student(s) who has achieved the greatest personal growth as a designer and whose work has contributed to the overall success of the fifth-year Design Studio.
Academic Achievement Award
Recipient: John Taylor Schaffhauser
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
($2,500) Recipient: J. Brooke Dorman
In September 2004, Dave Young and Eddie Rives, owners of Creative Windows & Doors; and David Morris, Marvin Windows representative, established this traveling fellowship for a student completing the fifth-year.
Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by: Dean Jim West
Recipient: David Lewis
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.
John Taylor Schaffhauser
AIA Henry Adams Certificate and Medal
Presented by: Professor Michael Berk
Certificate Recipient: Clay Cottingham
Medal Recipient: John Taylor Schaffhauser
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 is awarded to the runner-up. Selection is made by the entire faculty.
Other Notable Student Awards, 2014-2015
Second Place, Gensler Diversity Award
Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm, has awarded nearly $200,000 in academic scholarship over the last 15 years. The Gensler Diversity Scholarship is a juried program recognizing emerging talent among African-American college students enrolled in an accredited architecture program. As a second place winner, Aryn will receive $5,000 and has accepted a paid internship this summer with Gensler in Washington, D.C.
Best Undergraduate Paper, Building Technology Educators Society
Ria Bennett, Cody Smith, Bill Plott
The student group, dubbed the “Audit Squad,” received a $1,000 award for their paper, “The Leaky American Dream: A Study of Air Infiltration Rates of Residential Construction Over Forty Years,” which was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn. Ria and Cody have each been awarded the Jason Labutka Travel Scholarship ($1,500 each), which will fund their trip to the 2015 BTES Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, this summer to accept the award.
Alpha Rho Chi National Fraternal Service Award
Melinda Ingram, Sang Nguyen
Melinda and Sang were recognized by the Alpha Rho Chi Grand Council for their efforts developing and supporting national fraternity projects and mentoring other student members at universities across the country. Faculty Advisor: Assistant Clinical Professor Justin Taylor
Mississippi Modern Exhibit at Charnley-Norwood House, Ocean Springs
Mary Sanders, Landon Kennedy, David Lewis
These Tau Sigma Delta students curated this photography exhibition, which was part of the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s MOD educational program.
Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award
for Excellence in Architecture
This $500 award was established in 1997 in honor and memory of William Lincoln Giles, a charter member of ARF. It is given each year to a student selected by the School of Architecture on the basis of academic excellence and overall leadership within the school. Funding for the award comes from a contribution by Ms. Hazel Presson, aunt of Ginger Giles Jones, Dr. Giles’ daughter.
First Place, MSU S3 Innovation Challenge
Emily received a $500 cash prize and prototyping stipend for her project titled, “Emergency Homeless Shelter.” Faculty Advisor: Visiting Assistant Professor Erik Herman
First Place, 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
J. Brooke Dorman
Brooke’s project, titled “Technical Publications Detailing,” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.
First Place (tie), Arts and Humanities Category, 2014 MSU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium
J. Brooke Dorman
Brooke’s project, titled “Exposing Gaps in Student Literature for Building Construction Technology,” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.
Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Ryan received $1,900 for his proposal, “Regional Material sand Sustainability.” He conducted his research under faculty mentor Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.
Honors Undergraduate Research Program Travel Award
Ryan received $750 in funding to present two accepted posters, “Material Stewardship and Sustainable Practices” and “Mapping the Regional Landscape of Building Materials” at the 6th North American Materials Education Symposium hosted at Ohio State University. Faculty Mentor: Assistant Professor Jacob Gines
Second Place, Arts and Humanities Category, Spring 2015 MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium
Team: Anna Barr, Patrick Brown, Lucas Posey
“Improving on Outreach Design” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.
Second Place, Service Learning Category, Spring 2015 MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium
Team: Anna Barr, Patrick Brown, Lucas Posey
“Improving on Outreach Design” was completed under the guidance of Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory.
2015 Office of Research and Economic Development Undergraduate Research Assistant Award
J. Brooke Dorman
Brooke was honored for her work with Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory on her book, Comprehensive Tectonics: Technical Building Assemblies from the Ground to the Sky
Paul Grootkerk Travel Award
($4,000) Yerix Morel
The Paul Grootkerk Travel Award (funded by Ted T. Porter) is available to full-time students who will have completed their second year of study. Candidates must have a minimum MSU 2.5 GPA, be hard working, and can demonstrate financial need.
Rowan Taylor Endowed Scholarship
($2,500) Cody Smith
Applicants must be entering the fifth year of architectural study within the school; have maintained a minimum MSU 3.0 GPA; have demonstrated exceptional design work and ability to achieve exceptional design; and have demonstrated financial need.
Acme Brick Company Scholarship
($2,000) Aryn Phillips
Applicants must be: entering the fifth-year design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum grade point average of 3.0; be of good moral character; and have demonstrated leadership ability and strong overall academic performance.
Duvall Decker Minority Travel Scholarship
($2,000) Danielle Griffin
Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time student and be a member of an under-represented minority group in the practice of architecture and also meet the following criteria: 1)self motivated learner; 2)high GPA; 3)demonstrate financial need.
Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Annual Scholarship
($2,000) Devin Carr, Megan Vansant
In May 2007, Taylor Guild III and David Hardy established this scholarship to assist talented students in their fifth-year of study in the architecture program.
Lyndall Gail Wood Memorial Scholarship
($2,000) Sara Peppers
This scholarship was established by the Wood family to honor Lyndall Gail’s passion as an MSU architecture student. Applicants must be full-time students entering the fourth-year design studio in the School of Architecture, be in excellent academic standing with the university, and be a student with exceptional design ability.
Fred Carl, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
($1,500) Mary Holland
Applicants must be entering the first-year design studio; residents of Mississippi; have achieved a minimum composite ACT score of 28, and can demonstrate financial need.
Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Edward Holmes
Any full-time MSU students in their third- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Applicants must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.
Creig B. Hoskins Architects Scholarship
($1,000) Tony D. Coleman, Sierra Gillion
Applicants must be entering the first-year design studio in the School of Architecture; be a resident of one of the following Mississippi counties: Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Coahoma, Grenada, Humphreys, Leflore, Montgomery, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Washington, Yalobusha; and can demonstrate financial need.
Interior Elements Annual Scholarship
($1,000) Edward Holmes
Applicants must be full-time students entering the fourth-year design studio, be in excellent academic standing, and be a student with exceptional design ability.
Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Aryn Phillips
Students must be entering their third-year; have a 2.80+ GPA; be of good moral character; have demonstrated leadership; can show financial need; and a resident of: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, or Yazoo Counties.
Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Annual Scholarship
($1,000) Maria Degtyareva,
Caleb Fearing, Zachary Henry, Yerix Morel, Lara Lynn Waddell
Candidates must be full-time students at Mississippi State University; have completed their second-year of design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.
Boral Bricks, Inc. Loyalty Scholarship
($500) Danielle Mason
Applicants must be majoring in Building Construction Science or Architecture, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be an entering freshman.
Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500) Diondria Bingham,
Kapish Cheema, Savannah Ingram, Haley Whiteman
Any full-time MSU students in their second- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Students must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.
Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship
(CAAD software) Richard Bryant, Shelby Christian,
Jake Gartman, Patrick Greene, Alan Pittman
Applicants must be full-time MSU students entering the second-year design studio in the School of Architecture; and can demonstrate financial need.
Johnson-McAdams Design Discovery Scholarships
($600) 4 Awards, To Be Determined
Applicants must be from Leflore County, or be an under-represented minority group in architecture; and be interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines.
Joseph L. Echols D2 Scholarships (Design Discovery)
($600) 3 Awards, To Be Determined
Candidates must: be a high school student who shows an interest in majoring in architecture by taking college preparatory math and science courses and demonstrating ability; show strong work ethic and satisfactory performance; be a minority student from the Marshall County area; demonstrate financial need.
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2015 Recognition Day Program
MSU architecture major Ryan Fierro recently presented his research at the 2015 North American Materials Education Symposium. (Photo by Assistant Professor Jacob Gines)
A Mississippi State architecture major from Madison, Alabama, is adding a major international-level achievement to his resume.
Ryan M. Fierro, a third-year student in the university’s School of Architecture, recently presented two research reports at the 2015 North American Materials Education Symposium. He is a graduate of Pope John Paul II Catholic High School and an MSU President’s List Scholar.
Held this year at Ohio State University, NAMES’s sixth international meeting brought together educators, researchers, students and practitioners from a range of fields to discuss the teaching of materials.
“Building Materials Stewardship and Sustainable Practices” and “Mapping the Regional Landscape of Building Materials” were the titles of Fierro’s visual presentations.
When beginning research last summer, Fierro said he initially focused on building-product manufacturing processes for wood, glass, steel and concrete and their effects on the atmosphere and buildings in which they exist. The focus shifted, however, as he began to understand more about how certain byproducts may be used as substitutes for portland cement, the chief binding agent in concrete, he explained.
His findings were so impressive that assistant professor Jacob Gines, Fierro’s architecture faculty mentor, encouraged him to consider submitting his work at the NAMES gathering.
“The environmental impacts of producing portland cement are well documented,” Gines said. “Ryan’s research is eye-opening and informative regarding various alternatives to portland cement as a key ingredient in concrete.”
Fierro, who serves as Gines’ teaching assistant, said he built on early research findings to conclude the project with outlines of ways various substances similar to cement could be substituted and, in the process, how each could have more positive impacts on the environment.
“By its very nature, the production of portland cement is catastrophically bad for the environment,” Fierro explained. “For every pound of cement produced, an equal pound of carbon-dioxide is released into the atmosphere.”
Gines said he is very proud of the professionalism demonstrated both in Fierro’s research achievement and symposium address. “Presenting to a room full of material scientists and engineers can be daunting for an undergraduate architecture student, but Ryan did an amazing job and won the respect of many in the process,” he said.
For his part, Fierro expressed hope that the research can provide useful referential guides for designers and builders who may be considering materials covered in his reports.