Duvall Decker firm featured on World-Architects

May 22nd, 2015 Comments Off on Duvall Decker firm featured on World-Architects

Photo: Timothy Hursley (via world-architects.com)

Photo: Timothy Hursley (via world-architects.com)

World-Architects.com, the premium network of outstanding architects, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, lighting consultants and architectural photographers, recently featured Duvall Decker Architects Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services Cooperative Data Center.

“Two buildings with disparate functions and programing create an ensemble, in which an expanded field of potential experience is promoted. A monolithic, poured-in-place hardened concrete data center and a flexible, open steel frame office building, are positioned and shaped as sisters.”

Duvall Decker Architects specializes in public buildings, state institutions, school and university buildings, affordable housing and planning. The firm is a recognized leader and has received state, regional and national awards for design excellence. Most recently, the building featured by World-Architects.com (above) was awarded the 2014 Design with Brick President’s Award. The design for the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building at Hinds Community College was honored with a 2013 AIA Committee on Architecture for Education Excellence Award. The Oak Ridge House received a 2013 AIA Gulf State Region Honor Award. The Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center earned a 2013 AIA Gulf State Region Honor Citation and a 2011 Design with Brick President’s Award. The firm’s work has frequently been published and highlighted in publications such as the Journal of Architectural Education, Houses for All Regions, a book published by AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network, Design Bureau Magazine, the Oxford American and in exhibits such as AIA’s “Design for the Decades.”

Anne Marie Decker (MSU S|ARC Class of 1994) is principal with and her partner Roy Decker. Anne Marie was the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Alumni Fellow in 2009; most recently, she served as the Eminent Architect of Practice at the Jackson Center and was the 2015 Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecturer for the school’s annual Recognition Day.

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Jackson architect, MSU alumna to serve as School of Architecture’s third ‘Eminent Architect of Practice’

December 10th, 2014 Comments Off on Jackson architect, MSU alumna to serve as School of Architecture’s third ‘Eminent Architect of Practice’

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Anne Marie Decker, AIA, will serve as the Mississippi State University School of Architecture’s 2015 Eminent Architect of Practice.

Decker, a 1994 summa cum laude graduate of the school, will work with the fifth-year studio faculty at the Stuart C. Irby Jr. Studios in Jackson to help students in their last semester of study produce their capstone comprehensive projects.

The school established the Eminent Architect of Practice visiting faculty position in 2011 as a way to bring a distinguished award-winning architect of contemporary practice to the MSU campus to teach and mentor students. Decker represents the third Eminent Architect, following Larry Scarpa, FAIA, and Todd Walker, FAIA.

“This semester-long faculty appointment is reserved for nationally recognized, award-winning architects to become an integral part of the studio teaching experience at MSU and most importantly, to interact, energize and critique student projects,” said Michael Berk, AIA, F.L. Crane Professor and director of the School of Architecture. “We are incredibly honored that Anne Marie has agreed to serve with us in this prestigious teaching position.”

Decker is a principal with her partner Roy Decker, AIA, in Duvall Decker Architects P.A. located in Jackson. In 2004, she was honored as the Alumni Fellow for the College of Architecture, Art and Design for her achievements in practice. In 2009, she and Roy Decker jointly held the Paul Rudolf Visiting Professorship at the Auburn University School of Architecture. She has lectured on the firm’s work at numerous universities and conferences including AIA Louisiana’s Celebrate Architecture Symposium, the International Merleau-Ponty Circle Conference, Mississippi State University, Louisiana State University and the University of Utah.

Duvall Decker Architects specializes in public buildings, state institutions, school and university buildings, affordable housing and planning. The firm is a recognized leader and has received state, regional and national awards for design excellence. Most recently the design for the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building at Hinds Community College was honored with a 2013 AIA Committee on Architecture for Education Excellence Award. The Oak Ridge House received a 2013 AIA Gulf State Region Honor Award. The Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center earned a 2013 AIA Gulf State Region Honor Citation and a 2011 Design with Brick President’s Award. The firm’s work has frequently been published and highlighted in publications such as the Journal of Architectural Education, Houses for All Regions, a book published by AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network, Design Bureau Magazine, the Oxford American and in exhibits such as AIA’s “Design for the Decades.”

Anne Marie Decker currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and holds the title of past president. She is a registered architect in Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Tennessee.

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Duvall Decker house

Duvall Decker office by Duvall Decker Architects P.A, Jackson, MS

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Oak Ridge House by Duvall Decker Architects P.A, Jackson, MS

Third-year architecture students present final projects, win BIA Awards

April 30th, 2013 Comments Off on Third-year architecture students present final projects, win BIA Awards

Haley Whiteman, who won a $1,000 Brick Award for her project, is busy at work before the final review presentation.

The third-year studio in the School of Architecture presented their designs for a Community Arts Center project located in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, April 23. Professors were Alexis Gregory, AIA; Emily McGlohn; Todd Walker, FAIA; and Chris Cosper, AIA (BCS).

The students worked on intermittent assignments throughout the semester with the second-year Building Construction Science students, allowing both studios time to work independently and as a team.

The students also researched and created the project programs consisting of three different focus areas for the Community Arts Center – Film/Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Historic/Industrial Arts. The students were allowed to choose one of the three possible program types, and they used this to create their building design. The students were also tasked with utilizing brick as a major component in their building but in a new and innovative way. This challenge, part of a yearly design competition funded by a generous grant from the Brick Industry Association (BIA), supports the pedagogical focus of the studio as the Tectonics II studio for the School of Architecture.

The reviewers of the student work included Glen Clapper, AIA, architectural services manager for the Brick Industry Association in the Southeast Region; Patrick Nelson, AIA, and Jermaine Washington, principals of Regarding Architecture in Birmingham; Brittany Foley, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, project architect with Williams Blackstock Architects in Birmingham; Matt Foley, NCARB, LEED AP, associate at Davis Architects in Birmingham; and Roy Decker, principal of Duvall Decker Architects P.A. located in Jackson.

The reviewers selected the winning projects by looking at how the students utilized brick as both a design and construction material in their project and felt that the winning projects were the most successful in their use of brick.

Brick Industry Association Winners 2013:
Samantha King – $1,000 Brick Award
Haley Whiteman – $1,000 Brick Award
Robert Ledet – Honorable Mention
John Taylor Schaffhauser – Honorable Mention

Students hard at work on their projects before the final reviews:

Final reviews:

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