Carl Joe Williams presents first fall 2017 Harrison Lecture

August 28th, 2017 Comments Off on Carl Joe Williams presents first fall 2017 Harrison Lecture

Images by Ryan Fierro

By Kelsey Brownlee

On Fri., Aug. 25, Carl Joe Williams presented the first Harrison Lecture for fall 2017. The event took place in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m. 

Williams came and spoke about Blights Out, which he is a founding member of. Blights Out is a collective of artists, activists and architects working to imagine and design a new model for housing development centered outside the for-profit market; Blights Out generates dialogue, art and action to support the movement for permanently affordable housing and challenge blight, displacement and gentrification.

Williams’ work has been displayed in several venues throughout the United States, including Journeys, an installation at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Williams’ Sculptural Trees installation on the median of Veterans Boulevard.

See the full Harrison Lecture Series schedule here.

Jason Steiner presents spring Harrison Lecture

March 24th, 2016 Comments Off on Jason Steiner presents spring Harrison Lecture


Jason Steiner, associate principal and digital design director at Mithun Inc., presented the second Harrison Lecture this spring for the 2015-2016 series.

Steiner discussed his firm and their Sustainability Treehouse.

Blending artistic vision with analytic expertise, Steiner leads Mithun’s visual design team in integrating digital modeling, performance analysis and visualization into the design process. With advanced degrees in environmental design and architecture, he assists clients in visually understanding and articulating their goals through the medium of graphic communication. By employing technology such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Jason creates compelling representations that bring value to clients by inspiring community consensus and excitement, garnering municipal approval and investor support; and bringing to light challenges and opportunities related to site analysis, sustainable building strategies, and concept development.

A reception, hosted by Tau Sigma Delta, was held following the lecture in the Giles Gallery, which is currently displaying work by Mithun.

Virginia San Fratello presents Harrison Lecture as part of annual NOMAS Symposium

March 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Virginia San Fratello presents Harrison Lecture as part of annual NOMAS Symposium

The annual National Organization of Minority Students (NOMAS) symposium was held on March 4.


As part of the events, students debated on analog vs. digital advantages for architecture.


Following the debate, Virginia San Fratello delivered the Harrison Lecture in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

San Fratello is an architect, artist and educator. She is a partner at Rael San Fratello and in Emerging Objects, which is a pioneering design and research company that specializes in 3D printed materials and objects for the built environment based in Oakland, Calif. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University in the city of New York. Her research focuses on the convergence of digital, ecological and creative material explorations. The research is applied through the design and fabrication of innovative buildings and their components, furniture elements and site specific installations that often look at inherent material resources and have embedded political consequences. Rael San Fratello was the recipient of the Emerging Voices Award, Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation Design Award for their Hydro Wall concept, a finalist in the WPA 2.0 design competition and winner of the Van Alen Institute’s Life at the Speed of Rail competition. Their work has been published in Architect, Metropolis Magazine, L’Arca, DOMUS, the NY Times, Interior Design Magazine and MARK Magazine among others.

Gerardo Salinas to present Harrison Lecture on Nov. 14

November 11th, 2014 Comments Off on Gerardo Salinas to present Harrison Lecture on Nov. 14

Architect Gerardo Salinas will present a lecture as part of the annual Harrison Lecture Series on Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.

Salinas works for Rojkind Arquitectos, a Mexico City-based architecture firm whose work spans across a diverse and global platform. Salinas is engaged in implementing and expanding the firm’s mission of designing highly experiential, civic-minded spaces and works to discover new methods and opportunities to expand architectural practice.

The Harrison Lecture Series is presented by the School of Architecture and is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI.

View the full Harrison Lecture Series schedule.

Lunch, lecture concludes 2013-2014 Harrison Lecture Series

April 15th, 2014 Comments Off on Lunch, lecture concludes 2013-2014 Harrison Lecture Series

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The School of Architecture Lecture Committee hosted a cookout reception for all School of Architecture students and faculty on Fri., April 1, in honor of Bob Harris.

The reception, held in the Giles Hall Courtyard, was coordinated and run by students from all four architecture student organizations including AIAS, Alpha Rho Chi, NOMAS and Tau Sigma Delta.

Immediately following the cookout, Harris presented the final Harrison Lecture of the 2013-2014 Harrison Lecture Series. (Harris’ lecture, originally scheduled for Jan. 31, was postponed due to a flight cancellation.)

School of Architecture to host lunch reception for Harrison Lecturer

April 9th, 2014 Comments Off on School of Architecture to host lunch reception for Harrison Lecturer

The School of Architecture Lecture Committee is hosting a free lunch reception for all School of Architecture students and faculty on Fri., April 1, starting at 11:30 a.m. in honor of Bob Harris, the final speaker in the 2013-2014 Harrison Lecture Series. (Harris’ lecture, originally scheduled for Jan. 31, was postponed due to a flight cancellation.)

The reception will be coordinated and run by students from all four architecture student organizations including AIAS, Alpha Rho Chi, NOMAS and Tau Sigma Delta.

The lunch reception will be held in the Giles Hall Courtyard, where students and faculty will have the opportunity to chat with Harris.

The lecture will be held immediately following in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium at 1 p.m.

Architect Charles Renfro lectures at War Memorial in Jackson

March 25th, 2014 Comments Off on Architect Charles Renfro lectures at War Memorial in Jackson

Charles Renfro, AIA, lectures at the War Memorial. (photo by David Lewis)

Charles Renfro, AIA, lectures at the War Memorial. (photo by David Lewis)

Charles Renfro, AIA, a partner at Diller Scofido + Renfro (DS+R), presented a selection of works designed by the architecture firm based on the theme of “Civic Service” on Fri., March 21 at the War Memorial in Jackson.

Renfro discussed the work of architects as a service to the communities in which they work. He used various DS+R projects such as the High Line in New York, N.Y., and The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Mass., as examples of this civic architecture.

Students were able to discuss the presentation and the work of DS+R with Renfro at the reception following the lecture in the fifth-year facilities for the MSU School of Architecture.

Canceled: Honored architect Julie Eizenberg to speak Friday

February 12th, 2014 Comments Off on Canceled: Honored architect Julie Eizenberg to speak Friday

Julie Eizenberg HeadshotDue to a flight cancellation, this lecture has been canceled. 

Via msstate.edu.

Architect Julie Eizenberg, representing the American Institute of Architects, speaks Friday [Feb. 14] at Mississippi State.

The latest guest for the School of Architecture’s 2013-14 Harrison Lecture Series, Eizenberg begins her presentation at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium of the university’s Giles Hall. The event is free and open to all.

She is founding principal of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Koning Eizenberg Architecture, a firm honored, to date, with more than 100 awards for design, sustainability and historic preservation.

Eizenberg, who leads the firm’s design and master planning efforts, was recognized in 2012 with the AIA’s Los Angeles Gold Medal for her influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

Sponsored by Robert and Freda Harrison of Jackson, the speaker series regularly brings national and international architects, as well as other designers, to share their knowledge and expertise with MSU architecture students, faculty and alumni, as well as interested members of the local community.

Robert Harrison is a retired architect, consultant and founding partner of JH&H Architects.

For more information, contact assistant professor Alexis Gregory at 662-325-0722 or agregory@caad.msstate.edu.

Jennifer Bonner presents Harrison Lecture

October 21st, 2013 Comments Off on Jennifer Bonner presents Harrison Lecture

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Jennifer Bonner, assistant professor at Georgia Tech and director of Studio Bonner, presented the second Harrison Lecture for the semester on Oct. 18.

In Bonner’s presentation, “Misbehaving in Architecture (And Other Nonsensical Devices for Practice and Teaching),” she showed several images of architecture “misbehaving.” Bonner discussed “misbehaving” to not mean breaking building codes or being irresponsible but to mean doing unexpected things. Some examples she gave included leaving a ceiling unfinished in a nice building, using the look of an enlarged composition notebook as the skin of a building in an Atlanta suburb and the using concrete cinder blocks for a house in an upscale neighborhood.

The architect also discussed what a post-2008 practice might look like and gave several examples of what her firm had done in recent years.

She finished up the lecture with examples of some of her work.

Bonner received a bachelor of architecture from Auburn University and a master of architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she was awarded the James Templeton Kelley Prize for the top graduating project. Her undergraduate thesis project, the Cedar Pavilion, was designed and constructed at the Rural Studio in Perry County, Ala. She has received numerous awards including an AR Award for Emerging Architecture in 2005 and has exhibited at institutions in London; Istanbul; Washington, D.C.; Austria; Barcelona; and Cincinnati. Previously, Bonner has taught design studios and seminars at Woodbury University, Auburn University, the Architectural Association and Lund University. Her research and work has been published in journals including Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Wallpaper, a+t, DAMn, Art Papers and GSD Platform. Her professional experience includes work in the offices of Foster + Partners and David Chipperfield Architects in London.

Gordon Watkinson hosts photography workshop

September 18th, 2013 Comments Off on Gordon Watkinson hosts photography workshop

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The first Harrison Lecturer, photographer Gordon Watkinson, offered a short workshop on how to photograph a building to students in the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Collaborative Tectonics Studio.

Watkinson taught architecture and building construction science students how to use several pieces of equipment including a wide-angle lens.

The workshop’s subject was Giles Hall, and the resulting photographs will be used in the School of Architecture’s yearly publication of student work, BARNworks.

Students who participated in the workshop include:
Kapish Cheema (Architecture)
Robby Keifer (Building Construction Science)
Brent Gaude (Building Construction Science)
Rashidat Momoh (Architecture)
Ryan Fierro (Architecture)
Anna Barr (Architecture)
David Lewis (Architecture)
Cory  May (Architecture)
Katherine Ernst (Architecture)

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