School of Architecture student discusses impact of Design Discovery Summer Workshop

November 5th, 2012 Comments Off on School of Architecture student discusses impact of Design Discovery Summer Workshop

On the fourth day of Design Discovery, campers were divided into groups and assigned the task of creating a “cardboard lounge table device.” The device had to serve as a chair and perform one other function. Rashidat Momoh demonstrates the chair function of her group’s device.

Rashidat Momoh became interested in architecture as a freshman in high school.  Four years later, she heard about the Design Discovery Summer Workshop during her orientation for the Honors College at Mississippi State University and immediately got to work applying.

According to the Michael Berk, director of the School of Architecture, the eight-day workshop in intended to provide “an accurate account and full simulation of the what it would be like to study architecture or design in a university setting without the added pressures of grades.”

Momoh also applied for the Johnson-McAdams Design Discovery Camp Scholarship and was one of five campers to receive the aid for summer 2012. The scholarship covered her camp expenses, including meals, lodging and supplies.

“Historically, the Johnson-McAdams Scholarship has done an excellent job of bringing diverse populations of students to our campus to engage in this workshop/camp,” said Berk, “and ultimately choose careers in architecture.”

Momoh said the workshop was a huge benefit to her. “If I hadn’t gotten the scholarship and come to Design Discovery, I wouldn’t have been as prepared for this year – money-wise and mentally,” the now first-year student in the School of Architecture said.

“Design Discovery definitely made me more aware of what we would be working on because I really had no idea what architecture was and how intense this would be,” she said.

Momoh left the summer camp both scared and excited. “But I still wanted to come here a lot,” she said. “It didn’t discourage me at all.”

Currently, first-year students in the School of Architecture are working on mock site plans through a class project called “Time Tables.” Students have been divided into groups with the assignment of documenting how a table changes during a meal, similar to how a site would change over time.

Momoh said she plans to intern for a couple of years when she graduates.

“I also want to travel, hopefully, and study overseas and maybe eventually open my own business,” she said.

Find out more information about Design Discovery.

School of Architecture alumna hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers

August 7th, 2012 Comments Off on School of Architecture alumna hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Janet Marie Smith as Senior VP of Planning and Development.

Smith, known throughout the sports world for her work with the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves, joins the Dodgers immediately.  She most recently served as the Orioles Vice President of Planning and Development.

“Dodger Stadium is one of the most iconic venues in sports and Janet Marie is one of the few people I would trust with its future,” said Dodger President Stan Kasten. “She respects baseball’s tradition and knows how to retain a ballpark’s distinctive charms while providing fans with the amenities and comfort they’ve come to expect. Any fan that has walked through the gates at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the renovated Fenway Park or Atlanta’s Turner Field has been a beneficiary of her understanding of what a ballpark means to its community. Every new baseball stadium built since 1992 has been influenced by what she helped build at Camden Yards.  And we thank Orioles owner Peter Angelos for allowing Janet Marie to join us.”

In her new role with the Dodgers, Smith will oversee upgrades and enhancements to Dodger Stadium.

“I’m looking forward to working with the new Dodgers ownership to find ways to create an even better fan experience,” said Smith. “Dodger Stadium is a treasured piece of the Los Angeles community and a special place where I watched more than a dozen games per season when I lived in L.A. during the early 1980s. It’s important to all of us that we restore and enhance the park in a way that honors its heritage and highlights its distinctive appeals, while still capturing what fans want and franchises need in a modern venue.”

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