CAAD to hold career fair February 19-20

January 29th, 2014 Comments Off on CAAD to hold career fair February 19-20

The Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art, and Design will hold a career fair on Feb. 19 and 2 in Giles Hall.

The fair is open to all companies interested in speaking to students in the college’s four disciplines: architecture, art, interior design and building construction science. This event will be a great opportunity for firms to get exposure to students and have a presence on MSU’s campus for future recruiting needs.

To register, visit the MSU Career Center website, and click “Employer Registration” under “Architecture, Art & Design Fair” listed at the bottom of the “events” page. A username and password will be emailed to you after you fill out the information form.

If you have any questions about registration, contact Angie Chrestman at or 662-325-3823 or Jan Fitzgerald at

Wednesday, February 19
3:30 – 5:00: Panel Discussion (optional)
5:00 – 6:30: Career Fair Giles (refreshments provided)

Thursday, February 20
We have rooms available if you want to stay over and interview candidates that you met at the fair.  Listed below are the times available for interviewing:
8:30 – 11:30: Interviews (Montgomery Hall – Career Center)
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 4:30 : Interviews Resume

Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum Project wins 2013 ASLA Student Collaboration Award

October 3rd, 2013 Comments Off on Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum Project wins 2013 ASLA Student Collaboration Award

Approximately 100 MSU students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design participated in the design and construction of the Green Building Technology Demonstration Pavilion at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in Starkville. Photo by: Megan Bean

Approximately 100 MSU students from the College of Architecture, Art and Design participated in the design and construction of the Green Building Technology Demonstration Pavilion at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum in Starkville. Photo by: Megan Bean

The Green Building Technology Demonstration Pavilion project was realized under the guidance School of Architecture assistant professor Hans C. Herrmann, AIA, LEED Green Associate, and assistant professor of landscape architecture W. Cory Gallo, ASLA, with special assistance by extension associate Brian Tempelton, ASLA.

The project demonstrated ecological building and site design principles. The project received more than $50,000 in private and public material and funding donations.

It was featured by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as a 2013 Year of Public Service Project and was awarded an American Society of Landscape Architects, Mississippi Chapter, Merit Award.

Most recently, the project was honored with an ASLA Professional and Student Award of Excellence in the category of Student Collaboration. (Click here to see the full article)

Faculty Advisors include Brian Templeton, ASLA; Cory Gallo, ASLA; Wayne Wilkerson; Tim Schauwecker; Hans Hermann, AIA; Justin Taylor; and Suzanne Powney.

Students who worked on the project include: (architecture) Jared Barnett, Amy Bragg, Reed Bradford, Katherine Ernst, Jonathon Greer, Scott Polley, Nick Purvis, Salena Tew and John Thomas; (building construction science) Lake Jackson; and (art) Johnathan Nowell.

The October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine features the winning projects, and the awards will be presented during the ASLA Annual Meeting in Boston on Nov. 18.

Landscape architecture, architecture, building construction science, landscape contracting and graphic design students worked on various phases of the project.

Read the story on MSU’s website.

Community invited to pavilion dedication, open house at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum

April 1st, 2013 Comments Off on Community invited to pavilion dedication, open house at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum

Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum invite the public to participate in a dedication ceremony of the MSU student-built Green Building Technology Demonstration Pavilion. The event will be held on April 15 at 5 p.m. at the museum, located at the corner of Fellowship and Russell Streets in Starkville. The museum will remain open following the dedication, and guests will be treated to light refreshments and music.

History of the project
The old Mobile and Ohio train station has served Starkville and Mississippi State since 1976 when the city of Starkville charged Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum with the collection, organization and preservation of historical artifacts of the local area. Years later, the School of Architecture was contacted to consult on the design of the interior part of the building. The refurbished Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum opened, and it soon became apparent that there was an existing water issue, which required attention. The Museum Board entered into a partnership with the Landscape Architecture Department at Mississippi State University to design and implement an approach to the problem. Through the creativity of MSU faculty and students, the utilitarian solution resulted in a beautification project and an educational arena for the surrounding community. The initial phase of the project consisted of a welcoming landscape design as a conduit to route rainwater effectively away from the building.

The next goal of this beneficial partnership with Mississippi State University was to design a pavilion to serve as an open-air, small space to be used for programs of educational, entertainment and civic significance; over this area a generous green roof was built, and a “living lawn” of environmentally appropriate plants and grasses were planted.  This phase of the project was designed and constructed jointly by the School of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture under the guidance of landscape architecture professors Corey Gallo and Brian Tempelton and architecture professor Hans Herrmann. Landscape architecture, architecture, building construction science and graphic design students worked on various phases of the project. The roof serves as a natural covering and demonstrates what can be achieved by the symbiotic relationship between humans and the elements around them. An endeavor of this kind exists as testament to the highly successful relationship between the city and the university.

Professors Cory Gallo and Hans Herrmann presented on this project, “Stretching Sustainability: Interdisciplinary Design/Build at the Limits,” at the Annual Conference of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) in Austin, Texas, from March 26 – 30. Click here to view the presentation slides.

H3 Hardy Collaboration featured in Architect magazine

January 31st, 2013 Comments Off on H3 Hardy Collaboration featured in Architect magazine

(From Architect, The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects)

2012 Design Review
By John Gendall
Category: Bond

Lincoln Center Theater LCT3
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

Lincoln Center Theater LCT3, by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

Though its campus houses many of New York’s most preeminent performing arts institutions, Lincoln Center felt it was still missing a small theater amenable to emerging playwrights and more intimate performances. But it was also missing something else: available space to build such a theater. The dense Manhattan neighborhood wouldn’t allow any give in the campus footprint, and though there are open plazas, these have become canonical urban areas in their own right. In the end, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture settled on an unlikely solution: perching the new 23,000-square-foot Claire Tow Theater, home to Lincoln Center Theater LCT3, atop the Eero Saarinen-designed Lincoln Center Theater.

The rooftop addition rests on six concrete structural columns in the existing building, bridging the gaps between them with steel trusses. The architects punched through one of Saarinen’s concrete ceiling coffers to accommodate a channel-glass-enclosed elevator shaft, which connects the new 112-seat theater to the existing lobby. Aluminum screens prevent excessive heat gain and break up the addition’s mass. Clad in glass, the orthogonal building corresponds to Saarinen’s midcentury aesthetic beneath it. Now there are three main horizontal registers: Saarinen’s hulking concrete entablature, with the original glass curtainwall lobby directly underneath, and the new glass addition above.

”You’re messing with iconic architecture here, and the potential to go awry is huge. Yet they did a great job of being respectful of the existing building while still giving you a sense that they were trying to create something that had some identity.” —G. Martin Moeller Jr.

Project Credits
Project  Lincoln Center Theater LCT3, New York
Client  Lincoln Center Theater
Architect  H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, New York—Ariel Fausto, AIA (partner); Hugh Hardy, FAIA (founding partner); Mercedes Armillas, AIA (associate); Sara Silvestri*, Angela Chi, Margaret Sullivan (director of interiors); Lissa Evans
M/E/P/F Engineer  Arup
Structural Engineer  Severud Associates
Theater Consultant  Fisher Dachs
Acoustical Consultant  Jaffe Holden
Vertical Transportation  Van Deusen & Associates
Lighting Consultant  Fisher Marantz Stone
LEED Consultant  Ambrosino DePinto Schmieder
Code Consultant  William Vitacco Associates
Signage/Graphic Design  MTWTF
Contractor  Yorke Construction Corp.
Size  23,000 square feet
Cost  Withheld
Photographer  Francis Dzikowski/ESTO

*Sara Silvestri is a 2011 graduate of the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University.

Student work up in Giles Gallery

December 14th, 2012 Comments Off on Student work up in Giles Gallery

Have you had a chance to see some of the fantastic work that currently fills the gallery in Giles Hall?

Students who have work in the gallery:
second-year: Patrick Brown, Cody Smith, Kevin Flores, Devin Carr, West Pierce, Sang Nguyen, Mary Sanders and Aryn Phillips
third-year: Larry Travis, Jake Johnson, Landon Kennedy, Jordan Hanson, William Commarato, Alex Reeves and Jared Barnett
fourth-year: Chance Stokes, Michael Varhalla, Mack Braden, Kristin Perry, Clay Cottingham and Sanjay Rajput

A special thanks to Mack Braden, Kristin Perry and Tau Sigma Delta for their hard work getting this set up!

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.”

Simmons discusses façade projects at Harrison Lecture

November 15th, 2012 Comments Off on Simmons discusses façade projects at Harrison Lecture

Marc Simmons talks to School of Architecture student David Lewis. (Photo by Haley Whiteman)

Marc Simmons was the final Harrison Lecturer for the fall 2012 semester.

Simmons, founding partner at Front Inc., briefly discussed his company before detailing three projects he has worked on.

Simmons described Front Inc., which he helped start 10 years ago, as a multidisciplinary design/engineering firm that includes professionals with a hybrid of backgrounds. The firm has locations in New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Hong Kong.

Simmons said he and his partners started Front Inc. “to engage in the execution of good work on our own terms.”

“We are interested in our clients, the people that have a cultural need and desire to build,” he said.

He said the company is proud of its ability to work with and listen to clients’ needs and wants on a project.

“We’ve become skilled at interpreting the context of a project,” he said, “and that is likely going to develop into a successful outcome.”

Next, Simmons explained some of those projects and the processes that went into designing and building them.

The first project he discussed had a unique challenge; for security purposes, the façade had to be 100% blast resistant.

After precedent research, drawings, tests and mock-ups, Simmons and his team created a design that met the challenge and included a large, diagonal steel grid.

Simmons next discussed a project he worked on near his office in Brooklyn. Front Inc. was asked to provide a structure to enclose a 1922 fully restored carousel.

He showed an image from his office of the team working on a giant white board.

“It all starts here,” he said, explaining that his office is full of these boards and that great ideas come from these team brainstorming sessions.

The team came up with several ideas that included a pavilion that could move sideways, projections of images from the carousel onto walls and full acrylic walls.

The final design, however, ended up including seven acrylic sheet panels that fold and have joints made out of Velcro and sailing fabric, which Simmons described as having a “Terminator 2 liquid metal aesthetic.”

Simmons and his team are currently working on an extension to the Kimbell Art Museum in Texas.

He detailed the current state of the project, and ended the lecture with a question and answer session.

Walter Hood, a professor at the University of California, Berkley, will present the next Harrison Lecture on Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.

View the full schedule.

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!

Friday Forum discusses the architecture of hip hop

November 12th, 2012 Comments Off on Friday Forum discusses the architecture of hip hop

Professor Jake Gines discusses the architecture of Hip Hop at Friday Forum on Nov. 9.

Jake Gines, professor in the School of Architecture, presented “The Architecture of Hip Hop” at the Nov. 9 Friday Forum.

Seeing how the culture of hip hop tied into architecture and design was Gines’ thesis work, which he said was met with a lot of adversity.

Gines said hip hop and many of its related forms of expression, such as rapping, break dancing and graffiti, is something a lot of people can relate to and gives many a venue to express themselves.

“You can’t help but get a sense that there’s this yearning to voice your opinion, and the only way it’s going to be heard is in an aggressive way,” he said.

Gines learned more about this aggressive sense of expression when he visited Watts in South Central Los Angeles for research. Watts, often known for the Watts Riots in 1965, is also home to the Watts Towers. The towers were built by Simon Rodia in the early 1900s out of found materials such as steel, concrete, bottles and doll figurines and served as inspiration for Gines’ project.

He chose a piece of land to the northwest of the towers for his project and got to work on research and site models. Research included demographics, gang crime statistics, gang turfs and crime activity.

The professor also chose to explore the message and rhythm of two songs – Tupac Shakur’s “Changes,” which discusses living conditions and what we need to do to change that, and “Why We Thugs” by Ice-Cube, which conveys a similar message in a more aggressive way.

Gines applied his research to design a pedestrian bridge that would go over the railroad tracks in Watts.

“In the end, I began to come up with a scheme that allowed the architecture to gently rest on its landscape and provide movement around and through the site,” he said.

Gines had a graffiti artist paint his project on boards for his thesis presentation “in order to present it in a way that seemed to respond to the culture,” he said.

The professor later used his findings to help students make connections between various forms of music and architecture.

Big turnout for TRASHIONshow, JUNK2FUNK Sale 2012

November 12th, 2012 Comments Off on Big turnout for TRASHIONshow, JUNK2FUNK Sale 2012

Students in the School of Architecture design attire out of reused materials each year for models from MSU’s Fashion Board.

The annual TRASHIONshow, put on by the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) and the MSU Fashion Board, was held Wednesday, Nov 7 in Giles Hall. People showed up from all across campus and the community for the event, which raised $160 in donations.

Before and after the TRASHIONshow, the group also held the first-ever JUNK2FUNK Sale, which raised $150.

Samantha King, treasurer for NOMAs, said the money will go toward an ADA philanthropy design project.

Some of the student’s designs are currently on display in the gallery in Giles Hall.

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