CAAD research centers receive AIA/MS 2014 Design Awards

November 6th, 2014 Comments Off on CAAD research centers receive AIA/MS 2014 Design Awards

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Women in Construction Training Center (GCCDS)

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Baptist Town Master Plan (CSTC)

On October 16, the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Mississippi) hosted a Design Awards Celebration in Jackson to honor recipients of its Design Awards and Member Awards, as well as newly licensed architects, landscape architects and interior designers in the state.

The two research centers housed in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design both were honored at the event.

The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) received an Honor Award in the Architecture/New Construction category for the Women in Construction Training Center for the Moore Community House.

Women in Construction is an organization that trains and assists women to get jobs in construction-related fields. Over the years Women in Construction has been a partner with the GCCDS on many projects for homeowners and for the community.

David Perkes, director of the GCCDS said, “It was especially rewarding to work with them to create a work space that embodies their ‘can-do’ culture. Building the project was as important as getting it built, and the completed building is a testament of the capability of the women students, staff and volunteers.”

The Carl Small Town Center (CSTC) received a Citation Award in the Master Planning and Urban Design Category for the Baptist Town Master Plan for the Greenwood Leflore Carroll Economic Development Foundation.

“The award for the Baptist Town Master Plan reaffirms the longterm effort the CSTC has made in its commitment to Greenwood and the Baptist Town neighborhood,” said Leah Kemp, assistant director of the CSTC. “We are starting to see these master plan elements come to life as recent housing has been installed and the community center is under renovation.”

“It is a testament to the School of Architecture’s commitment to ‘community design’ and ‘social justice’ when our research centers are recognized for their amazing outreach work with Design Awards from the AIA Mississippi Chapter,” said Michael Berk, F.L. Crane Professor and director of the School of Architecture. “The work that our centers produce is nothing short of heroic — and the impacts to the communities will be felt for generations.”

The AIA Mississippi Design Awards program is part of the annual program of events, Mississippi Celebrates Architecture, presented by AIA Mississippi. The goal of the program, which also features an Educational Symposium and a Public Outreach and Exhibition, is to promote and celebrate the role of architecture in Mississippi’s culture. The Design Awards program further seeks to encourages design excellence and elevate the quality of architecture and design in the state by recognizing and honoring members’ works of distinction.

Read the story on the MSU website.

 

Several alumni and friends of the School of Architecture were also honored at the event. See the full list of AIA/MS 2014 Design Awards below.

Honor Awards:
Albert & Associates Architects, P.A.
(Renovation/Restoration)
Charnley-Norwood House Restoration
Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources
& Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History

• Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons Architects & Engineers, PA
(Architecture/New Construction)
Puckett Machinery Headquarters
Hastings Puckett

• Gulf Coast Community Design Studio
(Architecture/New Construction)
Women in Construction Training Center
Moore Community House

Merit Awards:
JBHM Architecture
(Architecture/New Construction)
Tupelo Aquatics Center
City of Tupelo

• Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.
(Renovation/Restoration)
James H. White Library Renovation
Mississippi Valley State University
Bureau of Building, Grounds and Real Property Management
State of Mississippi

• Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.
(Renovation/Restoration)
Mississippi Dept. of Information Technology Services
Cooperative Data Center
Bureau of Building, Grounds and Real Property Management
State of Mississippi

Citations:
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(Architecture/New Construction)
Waveland Business Center
City of Waveland

• WFT Architects, P.A.
(Renovation/Restoration)
Rehabilitation of the Medgar Evers House Museum
Tougaloo College

• WFT Architects, P.A.
(Renovation/Restoration)
Exterior Rehabilitation of the John W. Boddie House
(The Mansion), Phase II
Tougaloo College

• Carl Small Town Center
(Master Planning Urban Design)
Baptist Town Master Plan
Greenwood Leflore Carroll Economic Development Foundation

• Belinda Stewart Architects, P.A.
(Architecture/New Construction)
Delta Blues Museum Muddy Waters Addition
Delta Blues Museum

CSTC to host Fat Tuesday Feast

February 25th, 2014 Comments Off on CSTC to host Fat Tuesday Feast

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.

Dean Jim West featured in Starkville Daily News

April 30th, 2013 Comments Off on Dean Jim West featured in Starkville Daily News

Jim West, dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, gave a presentation on the college’s statewide impact at the Starkville Rotary Club on Monday, April 29 at the Starkville Country Club.

Click to read the article by Steven Nalley in the Starkville Daily News from April 30.

CSTC well represented at American Planning Association national conference

April 25th, 2013 Comments Off on CSTC well represented at American Planning Association national conference

John Poros presents on rural sustainability at the APA national conference in Chicago.

John Poros recently presented a session on his research on rural sustainability at the American Planning Association’s national conference. The conference was held on April 15th in Chicago, Ill.

Poros is the associate professor in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State and the director of Carl Small Town Center (CSTC), a nonprofit community design and outreach component of the School.

Poros’ session was attended by more than 200 participants and was selected as the Small Town and Rural Planning session for the year.

Leah Kemp also presented at the conference’s poster session.

The poster was titled “Baptist Town Neighborhood Revitalization.” Kemp serves as the assistant director of the CSTC and presented recent work the center has done to help the Greenwood neighborhood.

CREATE Common Ground class focuses on Calhoun City

January 31st, 2013 Comments Off on CREATE Common Ground class focuses on Calhoun City

Students in the CREATE Common Ground class taught by Leah Kemp had their initial visit to Calhoun City on January 24. They met with Mayor J.R. Denton and a team of community stakeholders to learn more about the area that will be the focus of their semester-long community improvement projects. (Photo By Leah Kemp)

Each year, a community in Northeast Mississippi is selected from a pool of applicants to participate with the CREATE Common Ground class. The result of a partnership between the Carl Small Town Center (CSTC) and the CREATE Foundation in 1998, it is the partnership’s belief that the greatest asset to a community’s development is the community’s ability to identify and understand the impact of the built environment on the quality of life.

This year, Calhoun City was selected to be the site of this semester-long service-learning course taught by Leah F. Kemp, assistant director of the CSTC. Throughout the semester, Kemp and her class of eight architecture students from Mississippi State University will be visiting Calhoun City for meetings, observation and research.

On January 24, the group toured the town and met with Mayor J.R. Denton and a team of community stakeholders to learn more about Calhoun City. While visiting, Kemp led a presentation at the Rotary Club, where members were anxious to hear from students about their initial impressions of the town.

The students will now use their research to develop projects – suggested ways to improve the community. They will meet again with the mayor and team of stakeholders for feedback on their projects before their final presentations at the end of the semester.

This summer, the students’ projects will be compiled into a book by the CSTC that will be presented to Calhoun City. The book will also contain recommendations for funding and grants that could help the town implement some of the projects.

“This can be a tool for them for both short-term and long-range planning,” said Kemp.

CREATE Common Ground has worked with dozens of municipalities throughout the fifteen years since its inception. Kemp said many of the projects have been implemented, including a student’s project to create a park in downtown Fulton.

For more information about CREATE Common Ground, contact Leah Kemp at (662) 325-2207.

Carl Small Town Center, Architecture students receive APA MS awards

October 17th, 2012 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center, Architecture students receive APA MS awards

The Carl Small Town Center (CSTC) has received the Public Outreach Award from The Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA MS). The center won the award for its MS Bypass Guidelines, which were published this year.

The Public Outreach award was one of only three awards given by the MS APA this year and is for an individual or program that uses information and education about the value of planning to create greater awareness among citizens and other segments of society.

Rachel McKinley and Zachary James, students in the School of Architecture, also received the Collaborative Project Award from APA MS. The award is for their work done in the CSTC’s CREATE Common Ground class last spring, which focused on revitalizing New Albany.

The Collaborative Project Award recognizes research, projects or other activities in which a student has worked collaboratively with practitioners/planners and/or faculty.

The awards will be accepted at the annual conference in Meridian next Friday, Oct. 26.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Creating Sense of Place: Collaborative, Sustainable & Innovative.”

Read the story by Leah Barbour | MSU University Relations

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