MSU students recognized for wood-structure design achievements

November 14th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU students recognized for wood-structure design achievements

(Prahbu’s virtual tour of his winning design.)

 

By Sammy McDavid | Mississippi State University

Two Mississippi State architecture majors are recent winners of the highest national honors presented in a design competition sponsored by the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.

University seniors Omkar H. Prabhu of Mumbai, India, and Curtis M. Reed of Montgomery, Alabama, took first- and second-place, respectively, in the organization’s Sustainable Versatility Design Awards challenge.

The judges’ vote was unanimous for Prabhu, whose award was accompanied by a $1,500 cash prize. Reed’s came with $750.

MSU was among more than 20 institutions throughout the U.S. whose students submitted design proposals for the intense and demanding competition.

Both students are at the  School of Architecture’s downtown Jackson center, completing the fifth and final year in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design’s architecture program—the only one of its kind in the Magnolia State.

Founded in 1933 and based in Cumberland, Maine, NELMA is the non-profit trade organization representing the softwood lumber industry throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. For more, see www.nelma.org.

The NELMA competition brief “called for the redesign of each applicant’s architecture school by utilizing innovative timber technologies and sustainable practices,” said Jacob A. Gines.

Prabhu and Reed’s winning designs were adaptations of work completed last year in the architecture school’s TIMB(R) Studio that the MSU assistant professor leads.

TIMB(R) is the acronym for Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined. Open to fourth-year architecture majors, the campus-based studio is supported by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative  Inc., an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to responsible forest management, along with the Mississippi Forestry Commission and Weyerhaeuser Co. through its SFI Conservation and Community Partnership Grants Program. 

For more about the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design and its School of Architecture, visit, respectively, www.caad.msstate.edu/caad/home.php and www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/home.php. Gines may be reached at jgines@caad.msstate.edu or 662-325-0094.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, also available online at www.msstate.edu.

See the feature on the Northern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA) website.

Esenwein, Tripp named editors of ‘Arris’ architecture historian journal

November 13th, 2017 Comments Off on Esenwein, Tripp named editors of ‘Arris’ architecture historian journal

By | Sasha Steinberg

Fred Esenwein, left, and Andrew Tripp, pictured with Virginia Price, past president of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Two faculty members in Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture are the new editors of “Arris – The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.”

Assistant professors Fred Esenwein and Andrew Tripp each will serve a three-year term from 2018-2021. One of several subchapters of the highly distinguished Society of Architectural Historians, SESAH is the only subchapter to publish a scholarly journal. 

Esenwein is a licensed architect in Virginia whose academic research concentrates on American architecture. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s in architecture from Virginia Tech, as well as a doctorate in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to a bachelor’s in architecture from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City’s East Village, Tripp has a master’s and doctorate in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Christopher Scott Hunter delivers Harrison Lecture

November 7th, 2017 Comments Off on Christopher Scott Hunter delivers Harrison Lecture

By Kelsey Brownlee

On Mon., Nov. 6, Christopher Scott Hunter presented the third Harrison Lecture for fall 2017. The event took place in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall at 4 p.m. 

Hunter came and spoke about Texas A&M University, which he currently attends. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Science in Architecture from Texas A&M University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in architecture.

Hunter has about 30 years of experience under his belt from working on big architecture projects for major design firms in Dallas, Texas.

School of Architecture announces fall 2017 Final Jury Review schedule

November 1st, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces fall 2017 Final Jury Review schedule

Fifth-Year Program  FINAL JURY SCHEDULE    (in Jackson MS)                                                                       Jury to be in the 5th-Year Jackson Center on Capitol Street. Please call first to confirm times. 601.354.6480

Thurs., Nov. 16
Fifth-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Jackson Urban projects

Fri., Nov. 17
Fifth-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Jackson Urban projects

Main Campus  FINAL JURY SCHEDULE    (in Starkville)                                                                                   Jury to be in either Giles Gallery or Fazio Jury Room 

Mon., Nov. 20
First-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Foundational intervention (3 media: wood; metal; casting)

Mon., Nov. 27
Second-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Collaborative Studio w/ BCS   ‘Quaker Meeting House’

Tues., Nov. 28
Third-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
‘Urban Chicago medium density Housing’

Wed., Nov. 29
Fourth-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
2 studios: 1) Mass Timber Office Bldg in Jackson &  2) Ripley MS Master Planning w/ CSTC

 

Timothy McDonald presents second fall 2017 Harrison Lecture

October 29th, 2017 Comments Off on Timothy McDonald presents second fall 2017 Harrison Lecture

By Kelsey Brownlee

On Fri., Oct. 27, Timothy McDonald presented the second Harrison Lecture for fall 2017. The event took place in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m. 

McDonald spoke about his firm, Onion Flats, which he and his brother founded. Onion Flats is a Philadelphia based real estate development/design/build firm. McDonald serves as lead architect and construction manager for many of Onion Flats’ projects.

Tim has been an adjunct professor of architecture at Philadelphia University, Temple University, University of Calgary and University of Pennsylvania. He also holds positions in many neighborhood association zoning committees. 

Reception held for architecture faculty exhibit

October 25th, 2017 Comments Off on Reception held for architecture faculty exhibit

By | Kelsey Brownlee

A reception was held October 18 in Giles Hall gallery featuring a collection of S|ARC faculty work and hobbies. See slideshow above for some of the work from the event. 

MSU School of Architecture honors 21 students with 2017-18 scholarships

October 19th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture honors 21 students with 2017-18 scholarships

Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture is recognizing 21 students with scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year.

Part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, the School of Architecture offers the only curriculum in the state leading to a professional degree in architecture. Its curriculum is designed to emphasize independent thinking within an ethical framework to inform and challenge the contemporary practice of architecture.

This year’s scholarship recipients include (by hometown):

ALABASTER, Alabama—Senior Yerix R. Morel, son of Yerix and Carola Morel receiving a $1,000 Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Endowed Scholarship. He is a Thompson High School graduate.

COLUMBUS—Senior Donald D. Murray, son of Willie and Diane Murray and New Hope High School graduate receiving a $1,000 Charles H. Dean Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship and $500 Pryor and Morrow Annual Scholarship. He also holds a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from MSU.

COMO—Senior Cory B. Moxley, son of Elvis Moxley and Angela Emerson receiving a $1,000 Matt L. Virden III and M.L. Virden IV Memorial Scholarship. He is a Riverside High School graduate.

DRUMMONDS, Tennessee—Freshman Mattison B. Ping, daughter of Brian and Anna Ping receiving the Erin Remerow Parsons Loyalty Scholarship, which is $1,000 per year if criteria are met. She transferred from Dyersburg State Community College and is a graduate of Munford High School.

FAIRBURN, Georgia—Sophomore McKenzie R. Johnson, daughter of Denise L. Johnson receiving a $500 Joseph Echols Scholars Program Scholarship. A graduate of Landmark Christian School, she also is receiving the Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship, which will provide software required for her studies in the second-year architecture studio.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama—Senior Hannah I. Hebinck, daughter of Craig and Crystal Morgan receiving a $1,000 Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Endowed Scholarship. She is a Madison Academy graduate.

LINDALE, Texas—Freshman De’Vion L. Dingle, son of Keyontia Berry receiving the Erin Remerow Parsons Loyalty Scholarship, which is $1,000 per year if criteria are met. He is a Lindale High School graduate.

MADISON, Alabama—Senior Anna K. Barr, daughter of Allan and Kathryn Barr receiving a $1,350 Mockbee Hall and Drake Annual Scholarship. She is a Bob Jones High School graduate.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee—Senior Rashida L. “Mo” Momoh, daughter of Khadijat Momoh receiving an $850 Joseph Echols Scholars Program scholarship. A graduate of Arlington High School, she also is the recipient of a $1,000 Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Endowed Scholarship and $2,500 McCarty Architects Student Housing Team Architecture Scholarship.

MUMBAI, India—Senior Omkar H. Prabhu, son of Harischandra Prabhu and Amita Prabhu receiving a $2,000 Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Annual Scholarship. He is a Pace Junior Science College graduate.

NEWTON—Junior Damion S. Hardy, son of Fredrick Hardy and Veronica Keyes receiving a $2,500 McCarty Architects Student Housing Team Architecture Scholarship. A Newton High School graduate, Hardy also is receiving a $500 Pryor and Morrow Annual Scholarship.

NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia—Senior Maria Degtyareva, daughter of Grigory and Larisa Degtyareva receiving a $1,000 Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Endowed Scholarship. A graduate of Gymnazium #1, she also is receiving a $500 Pryor and Morrow Annual Scholarship.

OCEAN SPRINGS—Senior Jake A. Gartman, son of Stan and Cristina Gartman receiving a $1,000 Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Annual Scholarship. He is a Vancleave High School graduate.

OXFORD—Freshman Osman Daniel “Dany” Morales, son of Osman and Exenia Morales receiving the Erin Remerow Parsons Loyalty Scholarship, which is $1,000 per year if criteria are met. He is an Oxford High School graduate.

PEARL—Senior Diondria M. Bingham, daughter of Ronald and Donna Bingham receiving a $500 Pryor and Morrow Annual Scholarship.

MANDEVILLE, Louisiana—Freshman Calvin D. Smith, son of Daniel and Tonja Smith receiving the Erin Remerow Parsons Loyalty Scholarship, which is $1,000 per year if criteria are met. He is a Lakeshore High School graduate.

RANDOLPH—Sophomore Sarah E. Hoing, daughter of Timothy and Sonia Hoing receiving the Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship, which will provide software required for her studies in the second-year architecture studio. A South Pontotoc High School graduate, she also is receiving a $500 Pryor and Morrow Annual Scholarship.

RIDGELAND—Freshman Caley T. Watts, daughter of Carl and Nancy Watts receiving the Erin Remerow Parsons Loyalty Scholarship, which is $1,000 per year if criteria are met. She is a Saint Andrews Episcopal School graduate.

SOUTHAVEN—Senior Patrick T. Greene, son of Vincent and Denise Greene receiving a $500 Pryor and Morrow Annual Scholarship and $850 Joseph Echols Scholars Program Scholarship. He is a DeSoto Central High School graduate.

SUMRALL—Junior Austin L. Keaton, son of Kenny Keaton and Natasha Williams receiving a $1,000 Lyndall Gail Wood Endowed Memorial Scholarship; and sophomore Hannah C. Strider, daughter of Mack and Brenda Strider receiving the Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship, which will provide software required for her studies in the second-year architecture studio. Both are graduates of Sumrall High School and also receiving a $500 Pryor and Morrow Annual Scholarship.

For more information on MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design and its School of Architecture, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Read it on Mississippi State’s website! 

MSU architecture students participate in 2017 field trips

October 14th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU architecture students participate in 2017 field trips

Mississippi State’s School of Architecture’s annual Field Trip Week was Sept. 24-29. These field trips allow for students to travel to metropolitan areas to meet with architecture professionals, visit sites, and observe urban environments.

First-Year Studio: Dallas, Texas
Professors: Andrew Tripp, Francesca Hankins, and Ryan Fierro
Some of the places that the students were able to visit were:

  • The Interfaith Peace Chapel by Philip Johnson
  • Kimbell Art Museum by Louis I. Kahn
  • Marty Leonard Chapel by E. Fay Jones

    Kimball Art Museum

    Picture 1 of 1

Second-Year Studio: Washington, D.C.
Professors: John Poros and Alexis Gregory
Students were able to visit the following places:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
  • National Building Museum
  • Finnish Embassy
  • Washington Cathedral
  • Sidwell Friends
  • Perkins + Will DC Office
  • National Gallery of Art
  • United States Capitol Building
  • National Mall
  • Monticello
  • School of Architecture at the University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia Lawn

Third-Year Studio: Chicago, Ill.
Professors: Bryan Norwood and Justin Taylor 

Fourth-Year Studio: Boston, Mass.
Professors: Jacob Gines and Fred Esenwein
While in Boston, the students were able to visit several different locations:

  • Old North Church
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • MIT Chapel
    • Kresge Auditorium
    • MIT Media Lab
    • Ray and Maria Stata Center
    • Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex
    • Baker House
    • Simmons Hall
  • Harvard University
    • Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
    • Sever Hall/Grossman Library
    • Harvard Yard
    • Austin Hall
    • Gund Hall
    • Harkness Commons
    • Design Research Building
    • Harvard University Science Center
    • Peabody Terrace
  • Boston City Hall
  • John F. Kennedy Federal Building
  • Boston Government Service Center
  • Historic Otis House
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • Boston Common
  • Paul Revere House
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art
  • University of Massachusetts
    • Design Building
    • Integrative Learning Center
    • Fine Arts Center
  • Northeastern University Museum of Fine Arts
  • Trinity Church
  • Boston Public Library
  • John Hancock Tower
  • Copley Place
  • Church of the Covenant
  • Phillips Exeter Academy Library

 

School of Architecture hosts Advisory Board for fall 2017 meeting

October 12th, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture hosts Advisory Board for fall 2017 meeting

The Mississippi State University School of Architecture Advisory Board met on Mon., Oct. 10, in the Hunter Henry Center on campus in Starkville.

After the business meeting, the group was invited to an open house event at the Carl Small Town Center to meet with the new director Leah Kemp and see exhibits of current work.

A reception was held following the open house for the current exhibition on display in the Giles Gallery, “Bridges of Touchstone,” featuring work by alumnus and board member Bradley Touchstone’s firm.

(photos by Kelsey Brownlee)

MSU Collaborative Studio completes bench design/build

October 10th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU Collaborative Studio completes bench design/build

(photos by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University)

The fall 2017 Collaborative Studio has been busy so far this semester.

Forty-four architecture and 39 building construction science students collaborated on the design and construction of benches used by 13 American Utopian communities and also built benches of their own design.

Professors:
Associate Professor Alexis Gregory (architecture)
Briar Jones, lecturer (building construction science)
Visiting Associate Professor George Martin (building construction science)
Professor John Poros (architecture)

Review I:

(photos by John Poros)

Review II:

(photos by John Poros)

Check out videos the students created explaining the construction of their bench designs:

See the work featured as the State Spotlight!

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