March 6th, 2014 Comments Off
Photo by Alessio Boni
Architect Charles Renfro, AIA, will present a lecture at the War Memorial in Jackson on March 21.
Renfro, a partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an award winning, 90-person interdisciplinary design studio that integrates the performing arts, visual arts and architecture, is one of eight lecturers who make up the 2013-2014 Mississippi State University School of Architecture endowed Harrison Lecture Series line-up.
The annual series, sponsored by Robert and Freda Harrison of Jackson, brings in national and international architects and others in the trade to speak to School of Architecture alumni, faculty and students as well as the MSU community.
“This particular lecture affords us the opportunity to have an internationally recognized firm make a presentation in the Jackson Metro area, which focuses on the ‘practice’ of architecture,” said Michael Berk, director of the school. “The work of these firms is intended to connect more readily with the professionals and locally interested community members in the state.”
Renfro will speak at 3:30 p.m. at the War Memorial (120 North State Street, Jackson 39201), and a reception will immediately follow at the fifth-year facilities for the MSU School of Architecture, the Stuart C. Irby Jr. Studios (509 East Capitol Street, Jackson 39201). Both the lecture and reception are open to the public.
“The School of Architecture will be busing down students and faculty from Starkville to also participate and celebrate this unique event,” said Berk.
Renfro lectures frequently both in the United States and abroad. His work with DS+R has been exhibited worldwide at many museums and institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Centre Pompidou. Prior to joining the firm, his independent art and architectural work had been exhibited in galleries nationwide, including the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York.
For more information, contact Alexis Gregory at 662.325.0722 or firstname.lastname@example.org
More on Charles Renfro (Bio)
See the lecture poster.
March 6th, 2014 Comments Off
Photo by Alexis Gregory
By Alexis Gregory
The Third-Year Collaborative Studio conducted their midterm presentation on the design of a new fire station in Caledonia for the Lowndes County Volunteer Fire Department on Wed., March 5, in the Michael Fazio Jury Room in Giles Hall.
Twelve student teams composed of students from the School of Architecture and the Building Construction Science Program presented their work to a collection of volunteer fire fighters, professional architects, professional constructors and faculty from both departments.
Guest reviewers included John Beard and Dale Riser from Beard + Riser Architects in Greenwood; Ryan Florreich from JBHM Architects PA in Jackson; Michael Grote from the MSU Gulf Coast Community Design Studio; Dan Whatley, construction administrator at MSU; and Tim Younger and Sammy Fondren from the Lowndes County Fire Service.
The Third-Year Collaborative Studio will present their final work on Wed., April 30 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Giles Hall Gallery.
March 4th, 2014 Comments Off
The annual Beaux Arts Ball, “Black and White,” will be held on Sat., April 5, from 8 – 11 p.m. at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum Pavilion.
The event will feature a cash bar and catering by City Bagel.
Tickets are $10 now through March 10 and $15 after that and can be purchased from Caroline Cooper in Freeman 106 or from any AIAS officer.
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March 3rd, 2014 Comments Off
photo by David Lewis
A reception was held at 5 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 26 for Tau Sigma Delta’s “Graphic Design” exhibit.
The designer, John Schaffhauser with Schaffhauser Design, briefly discussed his work and background with students before allowing them to ask questions about particular pieces.
February 25th, 2014 Comments Off
On March 4, current Enterprise Rose Fellows will visit the MSU School of Architecture to lead discussions and present their work and projects from around the United States.
Architecture students are encouraged to join in the discussions and learn about different paths to follow after graduation and what the Enterprise Rose Fellowship entails.
The presentations will start at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall. Afterward, all are invited to join the fellows for a Fat Tuesday Feast.
February 21st, 2014 Comments Off
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Jeff Seabold, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Homes, has been named as one of 10 finalists for the People and Planet Award.
Seabold, a 2002 graduate of the School of Architecture, was nominated for the award for his residential work.
The public will have an opportunity to vote for a finalist, and three winners will be chosen.
Please support our alumnus, and vote today! (Seabold Architectural Studio; Jackson, MS)
(Voting is open through 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28).
February 17th, 2014 Comments Off
On Saturday, Feb. 1, the College of Architecture, Art and Design held Academic Insight, an event for admitted MSU students and their guests. This is the second time the college has held the event, and 98 guests attended.
The event was meant to help students get a better understanding of the programs within the college and was a chance for students to meet other incoming students, current students and professors.
After a department fair, students and their guests had a chance to mingle with current students and faculty over breakfast before Dean Jim West presented an overview of the college.
After the presentation, the group split up into the four college units – architecture, art, interior design and building construction science – and went to those facilities for a “breakout session.”
During the sessions, parents had a chance to meet with the program directors and faculty while students worked on an activity meant to give them a glimpse into their program.
Architecture students worked with Assistant Professor Justin Taylor and current architecture student volunteers on a kit-of-parts project. The students used laser-cut cardboard shapes to design form and space.
“The students I interacted with during the session were very enthusiastic and inquisitive and had interesting solutions to the kit-of-parts project,” said Joseph Rose, a third-year architecture student who also serves on the Dean’s Council. “The students really took advantage of the opportunity to interact and seek advice from current architecture students.”
February 17th, 2014 Comments Off
The Carl Small Town Center (CSTC), a research center housed within the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University, is hosting a “Design for Public Officials” seminar.
The event, which is open to all North Mississippi public officials and persons interested in improving their communities, will focus on the value of good design for towns located in the state’s Hills and Delta regions. It will be held at The Inn at Ole Miss in Oxford on Mon., March 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The seminar will provide public officials with useful and applicable knowledge, including the tools to become advocates of good design for their communities. Attendees will also learn what’s needed to be successful in planning and economic development projects for tourism, recreation and job recruitment.
Topics will include the value of good design, transportation, rural sustainability, and creative economy and tourism.
Speakers will be Bob Barber, former planner for the city of Hernando; Heather Deutsch, bicycle program specialist with the District Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.; John Poros, rural sustainability expert and director of the CSTC; and Kennedy Smith, community development and revitalization expert with the Community Land Use and Economics Group out of Arlington, Va.
Attendees will earn two Certified Municipal Official (CMO)) credits. The registration fee is $30 before March 14 or $45 after March 14. Lunch is included in the workshop.
Public officials also are encouraged to bring ideas and information about their local projects to discuss with panelists during the project sharing session.
For more information about the seminar, contact Leah Faulk Kemp at 662-325-2304 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the CSTC, visit carlsmalltowncenter.org.
Get the registration form here.
Read the story on MSU’s website.
February 12th, 2014 Comments Off
Due to a flight cancellation, this lecture has been canceled.
Architect Julie Eizenberg, representing the American Institute of Architects, speaks Friday [Feb. 14] at Mississippi State.
The latest guest for the School of Architecture’s 2013-14 Harrison Lecture Series, Eizenberg begins her presentation at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium of the university’s Giles Hall. The event is free and open to all.
She is founding principal of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Koning Eizenberg Architecture, a firm honored, to date, with more than 100 awards for design, sustainability and historic preservation.
Eizenberg, who leads the firm’s design and master planning efforts, was recognized in 2012 with the AIA’s Los Angeles Gold Medal for her influence on the theory and practice of architecture.
Sponsored by Robert and Freda Harrison of Jackson, the speaker series regularly brings national and international architects, as well as other designers, to share their knowledge and expertise with MSU architecture students, faculty and alumni, as well as interested members of the local community.
Robert Harrison is a retired architect, consultant and founding partner of JH&H Architects.
For more information, contact assistant professor Alexis Gregory at 662-325-0722 or email@example.com.
February 10th, 2014 Comments Off
The fourth-year School of Architecture studios have partnered with the Mississippi Maritime Museum in Pascagoula for their 2014 capstone project.
The thirty-four architecture students are working on a conceptual vision of how Lowery Island might be developed. The students’ visions include how the Mississippi Maritime Museum might become a part of Lowery Island over the long term.
The visions were shared with the museum’s Board of Directors on Feb. 1 for future consideration along with members of the city of Pascagoula’s Planning Department.
The project is a follow-up to MSU’s earlier visit in January for the suggestions of design and functional use of the Museum’s two facilities on 611 DuPont street in Pascagoula. The Maritime Museum acquired the old PHS Math & Science building and Band Hall in 2013, and plans are underway to convert these facilities into a Maritime Museum that will reflect the state of Mississippi’s 300 years of maritime history. Read more about this part of the project.
The Museum Board of Directors expressed their appreciation for the applications of ideas from MSU and welcomes their continued input for the future.