November 19th, 2015 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture one of three to win NCARB award
By Zack Plair | Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture will use funds from a highly-competitive national grant to expand its students’ horizons.
The school, part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, was one of three programs in the nation to receive a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards award, the organization announced recently. With the $30,048 award, the school will plan and implement a new class for undergraduates, called Expanding the Agency of Architects, for the fall 2016 semester.
NCARB awards recognize architecture programs that integrate practice and education; raise awareness of the architect’s responsibilities for the public health, safety, and welfare; and bring non-faculty practitioners into the academy. This is MSU’s second NCARB award, the first received for a project in 2003.
“Winning the NCARB Prize is like receiving an Emmy Award for a faculty member in the discipline of architecture,” said Michael Berk, director for the College of Architecture, Art and Design. “This national acknowledgement reinforces the strong relationship our faculty and students have with the architectural profession in our state.”
Associate Professor John Poros and Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn will instruct the course, which will focus on how architects can use their skills for social impact. The main idea, McGlohn said, is to compel students to break free from the idea of waiting for clients to bring in projects and instead develop projects to take to prospective clients.
“It’s really about community involvement and identifying issues that can be solved through architecture and design,” McGlohn said. “You see a need, take the idea to the community, and you can sometimes even find the funding mechanism for the project.”
Poros also directs the Carl Small Town Center at MSU, an outreach program in the School of Architecture that works with communities across Mississippi on project design.
The three-credit-hour course will consist of lectures, McGlohn said, and a final project that will send students to Greenwood. While there, they will meet with community members, investigate a problem, propose design solutions and find funding for the project. Greenwood architect and Enterprise Rose Fellow Emily Roush-Elliot will assist the students in the field, McGlohn added, and she will conduct a series of hands-on workshops on campus during the course of the semester.
McGlohn expects the course to accommodate 12-20 students per semester, and all majors are welcome. Though the grant only guarantees one semester of the course, she hopes the School of Architecture can offer the course each fall.
For more information on NCARB, visit www.ncarb.org.
November 18th, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture student receives AIA St Louis Scholarship Award
By Marissa Landon
Third-year architecture student Curtis Reed recently received a $500 AIA St Louis Scholarship Award.
According to the AIA St. Louis website, the scholarship fund was founded in 1965 to assist students from the greater St. Louis region enrolled in an architecture program accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). Today the AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund is one of the largest scholarship programs in the country. Financial support is provided to students entering their third, fourth or fifth-year of studies.
“I’d like to give a big thanks to Bob Winters and the rest of the AIA Saint Louis board of directors for having chosen me to receive the summer scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year,” Reed said. “The cost of school these days is outrageous, but with the help from scholarships like this, I can continue to pursue this passion.”
November 16th, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture alumnus Lance Davis staying busy with U.S. General Services Administration
Lance Davis, AIA, LEED program manager for Design Excellence Architecture+Sustainability, in front of the U.S. General Services Administration in Washington, D.C. (photo via http://plus.usgbc.org/monumental-green/)
Program Manager for Design Excellence Architecture+Sustainability for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Lance Davis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and a 1995 graduate of the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, has been staying busy lately.
Davis was recently asked to be part of the plenary panel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference, Past Forward.
During the conference, Davis presented a power session, “ESPCs: Using Energy Efficiency Initiatives to Spark Reinvestment,” where he discussed the use of ESPCs for historic preservation.
This week, Davis will speak at the Embassy of Canada about his work for the sustainability of architecture for the U.S. Federal Government and how Canada can play a better role in this effort.
At the end of the week, he is also scheduled to speak at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Federal Summit in Washington, D.C., on GSA’s sustainability efforts and successes. His Nov. 20 G10 session is titled “Mending Mid-Century Modern.”
The USGBC’s magazine, USGBC+, recently featured the work of the Federal Government in an article titled “Monumental Green,” and Davis was interviewed for the piece.
November 12th, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture student honored as 2015 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year
(left to right): Joel Myers, Huntington Ingalls rep.; Ryan Colvin, senior coordinator at the MSU Career Center; Michael Berk, F.L. Crane Professor and director of the School of Architecture; Jake Johnson; Alexis Gregory, assistant professor and School of Architecture co-op coordinator; and Bryan Moore, Huntington Ingalls rep.
By Marrisa Landon
Jacob “Jake” Johnson, a fifth-year architecture student, has been named the 2015 Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year. This award recognizes one outstanding co-op student at Mississippi State each year for academic excellence, exhibited professionalism in the work place and leadership in respective organizations.
Johnson received a $500 scholarship sponsored by Huntington Ingalls and a recognition plaque. This marks the first year a non-engineering student has been selected as the Epting/Mathews Co-op Student of the Year.
Johnson completed a thirteen-month co-op with Seay, Seay & Litchfield Architects in Montgomery, Ala..
This co-op “allowed me to experience projects at every stage of development and to see first-hand the many roles that architects play,” said Johnson. “My time there greatly challenged my abilities, helped me understand my future goals within the field and has since impacted my work in the classroom.”
November 6th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds 2015 NOMAS Trashion Show
TrashionShow2015 from Justin on Vimeo.
Mississippi State University’s seventh annual NOMAS Trashion Show was held on Wednesday [Nov. 4] at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall.
MSU Fashion Board models sported fashionable outfits designed by architecture, fashion design and merchandising students.
This years fashions were made from soda cans, water bottle labels, dryer sheets, straws, newspapers, bottle caps and other recycled goods.
November 4th, 2015 Comments Off on Architecture studio helps improve local community garden
By Zack Plair | Mississippi State University
Several Mississippi State groups are working with the Starkville Boys and Girls Club to help promote long-term healthy eating habits among local youths.
First, university students in a fourth-year School of Architecture design studio are making plans to transform the club’s community garden into a larger, more accessible and efficient horticultural space.
The class is taught by assistant professor Alexis Gregory, who said the team soon will begin construction of six raised garden beds, two shaded pavilions and a storage space for tools. An Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible ramp leading from the club’s main building on Lynn Lane to the back garden area also will be built.
Gregory estimated that the project should be complete by mid-spring, weather permitting.
The architecture majors are joining with others on campus to organize a sustainable program in which club members learn to maintain the garden and take home vegetables they grow.
The larger effort involves the MSU Horticulture Club, assistant professor Brittney Oliver of School of Human Sciences’ food science, nutrition and health promotion department and assistant professor Kenneth Anthony of the College of Education’s curriculum, instruction and special education department.
“We’re wanting to educate children on healthy eating and food sustainability,” Gregory explained. “Hopefully, through this program, these ideas will transfer to their parents.”
After determining total project costs at approximately $10,000, Gregory said the team opened a GoFundMe account. Members also are soliciting material donations from local businesses, she added.
A mini-grant provided by MSU’s Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence is enabling senior Lorianna A. Livingston of Columbus, a CASLE Service-Learning Scholar, to provide graphic design services.
An art/graphic design major, Livingston said that in addition to finding new ways for incorporating various building materials into her creations, the project has provided many positive interactions with a diverse group of clients and project team members.
“It is extremely rewarding to work collaboratively with groups of students and faculty from all over campus to serve our community,” Livingston said. “The faculty and staff at the Boys and Girls Club have been very appreciative of our efforts, and we are so excited to be able to complete this project for them.”
Once the new beds are built and ready for planting, students in the MSU Horticulture Club will supply and recommend plant materials, conduct educational sessions on gardening preparation and maintenance, and help guide Boys and Girls Club members through the planting process.
Richard Harkess, horticulture club faculty adviser, said the highly coordinated approach that all involved have brought to the project ultimately will help make a positive difference in the lives of many Starkville families.
“When children pull radishes out of the ground that they grew from seeds, they are more likely to take a bite of one than they would be if their mom brought it home from the grocery store and put it on their plate,” the professor of plant and soil sciences observed. “This will help give these kids a better idea of where their food comes from.”
According to Gregory, a Healthy Hometown grant in 2011 funded the club’s first community garden project, with volunteers from the community and MSU helping maintain it since that time.
Healthy Hometown grants are provided by the Jackson-based Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.
Boys and Girls Club director Jeffrey Johnson said the current construction project, when combined with curriculum and support provided by the Mississippi State academic partnership, should help the organization’s young members become even more involved.
“We’ll have programs that will promote health and nutrition, boost the kids’ self-confidence, and also this garden is going to look great,” Johnson said. “This is a great example of how the club can branch out to better connect with Starkville and MSU.”
Follow Gregory’s fourth-year studio and their design and construction of the Educational Garden project for the Boys & Girls Club in Starkville on Twitter, Facebook and on Instagram under “MSU Learn & Grow.”
Click here to view the architecture studio’s project board.
November 3rd, 2015 Comments Off on Models to showcase trash transformations at NOMAS Trashion Show
By Georgia Clarke | Mississippi State University
MSU Fashion Board models will stroll the runway Wednesday [Nov. 4] at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall. The models will be sporting fashionable outfits made of materials varying from soda cans, water bottle labels, dryer sheets and straws, to newspapers, bottle caps, and other recycled goods. (via msstate.edu)
Trash will be transformed into fashion at Mississippi State University’s seventh annual NOMAS Trashion Show.
MSU Fashion Board models will stroll the runway Wednesday [Nov. 4] at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall. Free and open to the public, the show is anticipated to fill quickly, so early arrival is advised.
The models will be sporting fashionable outfits made of materials varying from soda cans, water bottle labels, dryer sheets and straws, to newspapers, bottle caps, and other recycled goods, said Elizabeth Bueche, treasurer of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students. The masterminds behind the designs are architecture and fashion design and merchandising students.
“Each year we challenge ourselves by pushing for new ideas,” said Bueche, a third year architecture student from Maryville, Tennessee.
“Designers and members have been working diligently for this year’s Trashion Show, and we can’t wait for everyone to come out and see the designs,” she added.
In addition to the show, Junk to Funk also will return, but with a twist. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., just before the Trashion show, guests can receive a makeover by a Fashion Board member, a custom made-to-order “Trashion” accessory and two professional photographs for $20. The whole process is anticipated to take less than 10 minutes.
Both the Trashion show and Junk to Funk are sponsored by MSU’s School of Architecture, School of Human Sciences, Fashion Board and the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS).
On Instagram, follow NOMAS @msunomas and Fashion Board @msufashionboard. When posting or searching photos from the show, use #msutrashion2k15.
October 30th, 2015 Comments Off on Hamilton presents research lunch and learn
Associate Vice President for Research J.A. “Drew” Hamilton Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research J.A. “Drew” Hamilton Jr., Ph.D., presented a lunch and learn to faculty and staff in the College of Architecture, Art and Design on Oct. 30.
Hamilton discussed research resources for faculty within the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED).
One particular resource his office provides is research publicity through Jim Laird, research editor.
Hamilton then explained the FY 2015 funding initiatives, which include faculty research support, cross-college research grants (Joint DAFVM) and undergraduate research programs.
“ORED is here to help,” said Hamilton, explaining the office’s many research support units, which include the Office of Research Compliance (which includes human-subjects research), Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Office of Lab Animal Resources, Office of Sponsored Programs Administration, Office of Technology Management and the Office of Research Security.
Hamilton gave several research funding pointers.
He encouraged faculty to find opportunities early and make personal contact with program managers.
“Stay late,” he said, adding that faculty can then make those key contacts and ask questions after workshops and other events are over.
Another pointer he gave was to “face rejection and prepare for round two.”
“Rejection is part of being an academic,” said Hamilton, adding that he has only been funded on the first try a few times.
Additional pointers included getting help from experienced researchers and drafting your own budget – then having it checked and corrected by appropriate staff.
Hamilton ended the presentation with extramural funding suggestions.
He told faculty to be willing to work with others and find something interesting they can actually do.
He also stressed the importance of having senior faculty on a team to increase credibility of a proposal.
“Think outside the box,” he said. “Not everything is an exact fit for what you are looking for.”
He added, laughing, “No one fails tenure because they brought in too much extramural funding.”
October 28th, 2015 Comments Off on Collaborative Studio researches Japanese teahouses, treated to ceremony demonstration
Traditional Japanese tea ceremony demonstration from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.
Chieko Iwata, MSU’s Japan outreach coordinator, recently visited the second-year Collaborative Studio.
Her visit included a lecture on traditional Japanese teahouses and a demonstration of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
This experience will assist both the architecture and building construction science students in the fall Collaborative Studio with their own design of a contemporary teahut.
These designs will be shared at the final reviews at the end of November. View the final review schedule here.
October 27th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture Advisory Board meets
The Advisory Board for the School of Architecture met on Mon., Oct. 26 in the Shackouls Executive Board Room in the Hunter Henry Center on campus.
Members of the board came together to discuss issues affecting the school.
The group was introduced to Associate Dean Greg G. Hall, who presented an update on the College of Architecture, Art and Design.
Mississippi State University Provost and Executive Vice President Jerome A. “Jerry” Gilbert also presented an update on the university and entertained a question and answer session with the group.
Faculty joined the board for discussions during lunch, and fourth-year student Zach Henry presented a video showing work from the fall 2014 Collaborative Studio.
Following lunch, CAAD Director of Development P.K. Thomas discussed fundraising and gift opportunities.
When the meeting adjourned, the group was invited to visit with students in studio in Giles Hall.