MSU professors receive Bringing Theory to Practice grant

August 9th, 2012 Comments Off on MSU professors receive Bringing Theory to Practice grant

Alexis Gregory, AIA, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, and her research partner, Dr. April Heiselt in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, have been awarded a $1,000 Seminar grant.  The grant comes from the Bringing Theory to Practice Project, an independent organization working in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

AAC&U’s website states:
The proposed project is a civic seminar on the importance of community engagement in architecture education. The seminar brings together members from the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, College of Education, T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability, and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (RRTC), as well as the Starkville Commission on Disability, and the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity to discuss the creation and implementation of service-learning architecture coursework that will teach students about the importance of universal design through community engagement. The grant will facilitate a community-wide effort to engage students in a transformative experience to better the lives of their fellow citizens through the design of accessible architecture.

Architecture professor published in AIA Forward

August 9th, 2012 Comments Off on Architecture professor published in AIA Forward

Alexis Gregory, AIA, assistant professor in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, published an article in the summer issue of AIA Forward journal, Forward 112: Process.  Check out her article on Page 118!

According to the publication staff, the summer issue raises a number of provocative questions about the nature of the design process and explores possibilities for design discovery.  What are the processes we follow and invent when learning, teaching and practicing design? The articles describe a series of balancing acts, compelling cross-sections of thought and design process that direct us to look inward to our own balance of art and practice, theory and science, teaching and learning.

Forward, a scholarly journal, is produced by the National Associates Committee to provide a voice for Associate AIA members within the Institute.

Architecture students design Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity house

August 7th, 2012 Comments Off on Architecture students design Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity house

Alexis Gregory did a lot of work at her previous job in Savannah, Ga., with nonprofits, so it was no surprise for her to get involved in Starkville as well.

“It’s just a passion that I have,” the assistant professor in the School of Architecture at MSU said.

Gregory worked with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity last fall and began a class with 11 students last spring to design houses for the organization.

Students researched projects other universities have done, general information about Habitat for Humanity and information about the local chapter.  They also were able to take field trips to local Habitat for Humanity houses and others throughout the state.

“The students learned a lot by seeing other people’s homes and learning how people other than themselves live,” said Gregory. “They also learned how hard it is to work with such a limited building footprint because the building slab was existing; the students had to work within that limitation.”

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