MSU architecture majors make Oktoc Community Club more accessible

December 21st, 2017 Comments Off on MSU architecture majors make Oktoc Community Club more accessible

Efforts by nearly 20 Mississippi State architecture majors are making the Magnolia State’s oldest community club more accessible.

A new wooden ramp at the Oktoc Community Club recently was designed and constructed by the university’s Freedom by Design team. Now meeting federal accessibility standards, the entranceway on the historic building’s eastern side is situated near a primary parking area.

Freedom by Design is the community service arm of the American Institute of Architecture’s student chapter in the MSU School of Architecture.

Established in 1927, the community club was among many launched statewide by what now is the MSU Extension Service to share current information on subjects related to farm production and food preparation and delivery. Members of the south Oktibbeha organization pride themselves for having held monthly meetings without fail over the entire 90-year period.

“The building is your traditional white rural church style and has steps at each entrance,” explained Larry Box, chairman of the club’s house and grounds committee.

After several members commented on “a need for a ramp to facilitate entrance,” Box said he was encouraged by wife Florence to reach out to the MSU architecture school.

“This project fit really well with the Freedom by Design spirit,” said Emily Turner, a fourth-year student and FBD co-director. A Starkville resident, she attends MSU as a Presidential Scholar.

A trade-marked title, Freedom by Design was created to “provide real-world experience through working with clients, learning from local licensed architects and contractors and experiencing the practical impacts of architecture and design.” Its members focus on finding professional solutions to address physical and other major societal barriers. For more, visit www.aias.org/freedom-by-design.

As they will following graduation and required licensure, the MSU architecture students began the project with a design charrette to brainstorm preliminary concepts. After completing research to ascertain their design complied with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 and was within budget, they developed a virtual model to present to the client.

The project took two weeks to complete. The rigorous demands of daily class schedules led team members to complete much of the work at night, Turner said. She gave special credit for meeting the deadline to Pablo Vargas of Ridgeland, a second-year architecture student and the project’s construction manager.

She also praised support provided by the Boxes, both retired public school employees. “Dr. Box was a great partner to have for our second project; he stayed late to help us and his wife baked treats.” she said.

Turner said the project was much larger than the group’s first venture, the design and construction of compost bins for the Starkville Boys and Girls Club community garden.

She also noted how the Oktoc project involved a number of first-year majors that “didn’t have a lot of experience in building.” Nonetheless, she said the freshmen “took advantage of this opportunity to learn how to interact with a real-world client. We learned some really important skills that most students just don’t get in architecture school.”

Box said he and other club members are “very pleased” with the outcome. “It looks good and is very functional,” he added. “These kids worked hard and I was impressed with their work ethic.”

In addition to Turner and Vargas, the FBD team included (by hometown):

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Sophomore Jacob B. “Jake” Haasl.
CORDOVA, Tenn.—Freshman Aaron M. Jones.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga.—Sophomore McKenzie R. “Kenzie” Johnson, project manager
FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Freshman Audrey Eisner.
HARVEST, Ala.—Sophomore Breanna H. “Bre” Richeson.
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.—Freshman Pace M. Dempsey.
LINDALE, Texas—Freshman De’Vion L. Dingle.
MADISON—Junior Alexander D. “Alex” Boyd, publicity co-chair; and sophomore Ashley E. Casteel, director.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Senior Felipe M. Olvera, publicity co-chair.
NEW ALBANY—Freshman Daisy Huerta.
SOUTHAVEN—Sophomore Mariah J. Green.
STEENS—Sophomore Madison C. Holbrook.
SUMRALL—Sophomore Hannah C. Strider.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—Sophomore Jose Solorzano.
WIGGINS—Junior Kaitlyn R. Breland.

For more about MSU’s Freedom by Design chapter, contact Turner at eet84@msstate.edu or find the group on Instagram at fbd_msstate.

Information on the School of Architecture is found at www.caad.msstate.edu/caad/home.php.

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Read more in The Columbus Dispatch.

MSU students propose innovative designs for metro area forestry and wildlife outreach center

December 21st, 2017 Comments Off on MSU students propose innovative designs for metro area forestry and wildlife outreach center

Mississippi State University senior architecture students Maxwell J. “Max” Wilson of Spring Hill, Tennessee, left, and Shelby G. Christian of Vancleave discuss their proposal for a forestry and wildlife outreach center in Flowood with Mississippi Forestry Association Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. The project was part of MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines’ fall-semester introduction to mass timber studio course that is made possible with support from the Mississippi Forestry Foundation, the fundraising arm of the MFA. (Photo by Russ Houston)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Eighteen architecture students in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design recently presented master plan and building proposals for a forestry and wildlife outreach center in Mississippi’s largest urban natural area.

The student projects were part of MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines’s fall-semester introduction to mass timber studio course supported by the Mississippi Forestry Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Mississippi Forestry Association.

The Mississippi Forestry Foundation has long provided financial support to MSU on behalf of the Mississippi Forestry Association. In 2016, the MFF created the TIMB(R) Fund, to assist the School of Architecture in educating students on the value and benefits of building with wood through the design of a proposed state-of-the-art wood structure for public outreach and education. TIMB(R) is an acronym that stands for Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined.

In 2017, the MFF committed $50,000 for continued work with the university’s colleges of Architecture, Art and Design, and Forest Resources. $37,500 of the MFF’s TIMB(R) Fund gift is benefiting the School of Architecture’s fourth-year studio course planned for five separate semesters. A total of $12,500 of the MFF gift supports the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts’ Advancement Fund, assisting with travel, research, conference participation and hosting, and other activities furthering work in the areas of cross-laminated timber and mass timber-related technology.

As part of Gines’ fall-semester mass timber studio course, nine student teams each designed a state-of-the-art forestry and wildlife outreach center located on the Fannye Cook Natural Area, a 2,700-acre site along the Pearl River in Flowood that is named for the late Mississippi pioneer conservationist and scientist and owned by nonprofit Wildlife Mississippi. Wildlife Mississippi plans to develop approximately 25 miles of trails for recreation and exercise, create wildlife and forest interpretive areas and viewing platforms/towers, construct educational venues such as a pavilion and amphitheater and provide direct access to the Pearl River. In addition to the forestry center, structures planned at the entry of the area include a visitor center, comfort station and pad site for future development.

In their project proposals, students were required to use mass timber building technologies as the primary structural system. Water management, energy and forestry conservation, and promotion of physical wellness in terms of outdoor activity also were top design priorities.

During a recent event in Giles Hall, each student team gave a presentation that left MFA and Wildlife Mississippi representatives with the challenging task of selecting three winning proposals. The building proposals also will be submitted to the Innovation 2030 student design competition sponsored by Santa Fe, New Mexico-based nonprofit Architecture 2030.

MFA Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. presented first and second places with a monetary prize and copy of Kenneth Frampton’s book “Labour, Work and Architecture.”

Ratcliff also thanked the entire class of students for working together on a project that will help promote “mass timber as a viable option for construction in Mississippi” and “the value of forests and forestry products to our state.”

Mississippi State University senior architecture students Barnes Brown of Franklin, Tennessee, second from left, and Patrick T. Greene of Southaven, second from right, received first place for their forestry and wildlife outreach center master plan and building proposal. Congratulating them are (left) Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU College of Forest Resources’ Department of Sustainable Bioproducts; (center) MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines; and (right) Mississippi Forestry Association Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. (Photo by Allison Matthews)

Seniors Barnes Brown of Franklin, Tennessee, and Patrick T. Greene of Southaven made up the first place team. Each received a copy of Bryan Nash Gill’s book “Woodcut” in addition to the aforementioned prizes.

“We wanted to showcase forestry in Mississippi through the landscaping you see as you go throughout the building,” Brown said. “The raised atrium space we proposed would provide visitors with a nice moment where they could see the construction of cross-laminated timber. As they walk in, our hope would be for them to say ‘Wow, this building is all wood.’”

Greene said features in his and Brown’s proposed 14,300-square-foot building design include a catering kitchen, classroom, social space, executive and accounting offices, multipurpose room, conference center and boardroom. The center itself would be built using materials harvested on-site and Mississippi-sourced softwoods, Brown added.

“Our overall and driving concept of this site is to establish a respectful relationship between the intervention of man and the untouched wilderness,” Greene said. “The method that we propose is a datum, or concrete/gravel walkway established perpendicular to the existing road, which determines the orientation of each building adjacent to it. The datum ties the tranquil essence of the lake with the natural canopy provided by the trees.”

Gines praised the students for “raising the bar and putting in a tremendous amount of work for this exciting project focused on mass timber as a renewable, locally-sourced construction material.”

“The School of Architecture is proud to be at the forefront of construction education. We want to be leaders of mass timber in Mississippi, and I believe that starts here at Mississippi State University,” Gines said. “We are thankful for the support of the Mississippi Forestry Foundation in providing funding for this architecture studio and being advocates for the wonderful work our students have done and will continue to do.”

Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU College of Forest Resources’ Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, also offered words of gratitude for the students’ efforts.

“I’m an unabashed advocate for wood and timber products, and the architectural buildings, structures and thoughts you all have developed will inspire people and create a market for our creative material of choice – wood,” Shmulsky said.

Learn more about the Mississippi Forestry Association at www.msforestry.net; and Wildlife Mississippi at www.wildlifemiss.org.

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Learn more about the College of Forest Resources and its Department of Sustainable Bioproducts at www.cfr.msstate.edu.

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Mississippi State University senior architecture students David N. “Nate” Johnson of Meridian, second from left, and Kelli R. Weiland of Coahoma, second from right, received second place for their forestry and wildlife outreach center master plan and building proposal. Congratulating them are (left) Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU College of Forest Resources’ Department of Sustainable Bioproducts; (center) MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines; and (right) Mississippi Forestry Association Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. (Photo by Allison Matthews)

Mississippi State University senior architecture students Alan C. Pittman of Pelahatchie, second from left, and Lee Bryant of Starkville, second from right, received honorable mention for their forestry and wildlife outreach center master plan and building proposal. Congratulating them are (left) Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU College of Forest Resources’ Department of Sustainable Bioproducts; (center) MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines; and (right) Mississippi Forestry Association Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. (Photo by Allison Matthews)

 

Association of Retired Faculty presents MSU students with achievement awards

December 21st, 2017 Comments Off on Association of Retired Faculty presents MSU students with achievement awards

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Four Mississippi State students are receiving awards for outstanding achievement from the university’s Association of Retired Faculty.

Founded in 1986, the ARF presents outstanding student achievement awards that serve as tributes or memorials to colleagues and association members who made major contributions to student development over their careers at the 139-year-old land-grant institution.

All MSU seniors, this year’s student winners were recognized formally at the organization’s recent end-of-the-year banquet. Receiving $500 and a special awards plaque, honorees include:

—Kennedy J. Brown, an industrial engineering major from Columbus, receiving the Harry Charles F. Simrall Award for Engineering Excellence. Brown served as vice president of communications for Delta Gamma sorority. As systems safety engineering manager for MSU’s EcoCAR 3 team, she earned second place for her systems safety presentation in the 2016 national EcoCAR competition. Under her leadership as president, the local chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers won a Gold Award for outstanding chapter activity.

—Meredith A. Hilliard, an English and foreign language/Spanish double-major from Hernando, receiving the Peyton Ward Williams Jr. Distinguished Writing Award. A Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College student, Hilliard is an MSU John and Renée Grisham Presidential Scholar and Society of Scholars inductee. Her research has been recognized with a first place award in the Arts and Humanities Division of the Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the honors college. She also is a fourth-year member of the State Singers, MSU’s premier choral ensemble.

—Anne Larrah Johnson, a biochemistry/pre-dental major from Dyersburg, Tennessee, receiving the Charles E. Lindley Leadership in Agriculture Award. Along with memberships in Pi Beta Phi sorority, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Professional Health Club, Pre-Dental Society, Physicians on the Rise and the Student Association’s Bulldog Bash Committee, Johnson has assisted with alumni and recruiting events as an MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador. Outside of the university, she tutors children at Ms. Smith’s Educational Services in Starkville.

—Leah S. Ballard Welborn, an architecture major from Mathiston, receiving the William L. Giles Award for Excellence in Architecture. An MSU communication/pre-law bachelor’s graduate, Welborn currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of BARNworks, the School of Architecture’s nationally distributed publication showcasing top student work. Her other leadership roles include president of Tau Sigma Delta architecture honor society; executive board superintendent of Alpha Rho Chi architecture fraternity; and freedom by design historian for the American Institute of Architecture Students campus chapter.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Architecture students present fall 2017 Final Reviews

December 11th, 2017 Comments Off on Architecture students present fall 2017 Final Reviews

Thurs., Nov. 16 and Fri. Nov. 17 – Fifth-Year Reviews
Jackson Urban projects

Mon., Nov. 20 – First-Year Reviews
Foundational intervention (3 media: wood; metal; casting)

Mon., Nov. 27 – Second-Year Reviews
Collaborative Studio w/ BCS   ‘Quaker Meeting House’

Tues., Nov. 28 – Third-Year Reviews
‘Urban Chicago medium density Housing’

Wed., Nov. 29 – Fourth-Year Reviews

Studio 1: Mass Timber Office Bldg in Jackson

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

Studio 2: Ripley MS Master Planning w/ CSTC

 

Carl Small Town Center at MSU receives public outreach, design honors for ‘Marking the Mule’ project

November 19th, 2017 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center at MSU receives public outreach, design honors for ‘Marking the Mule’ project

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s Carl Small Town Center is receiving two statewide awards for its “Marking the Mule” project focused on advancing citizen engagement in the Marks community.

On the university’s behalf, CSTC Director Leah F. Kemp recently accepted a 2017 Public Outreach Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association at its joint conference with the national APA organization in Birmingham, Alabama. The award recognizes an individual or program that uses information and education to raise awareness about the value of planning among communities and locales. Award criteria include innovation, comprehensiveness, holistic approach, transferability, quality, implementation and technology use. 

The project also received an AIA Design Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects during the organization’s recent Public, Design, Community and Membership Awards Celebration at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

In July 2015, MSU’s Carl Small Town Center was awarded a $25,000 Our Town grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to create a trail and make plans for an interpretive center that tells the story of a 1968 Mule Train, a program of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Poor People’s Campaign.”

The yearlong public outreach campaign project engaged local residents, historians, architects, planners and state tourism and historic preservation officials. The integrated planning process created a vision for a cultural trail and interpretive center focused on events surrounding the Mule Train.

Documentation of oral histories, outreach at a local blues festival, a hands-on design charrette and multiple feedback loops culminated in the design of an interpretive center and trail, as well as construction of a trailhead marker doubling as a welcome sign at the intersection of Mississippi Highway 6/U.S. Highway 278 and M.L.K. Jr. Drive in Marks.

Kemp said the “Marking the Mule” project gave the Carl Small Town Center and Marks residents the opportunity to have a meaningful impact through the development of a tangible project in the Quitman County community.

“At the Carl Small Town Center, we truly enjoy engaging with communities to find the best solutions to their challenges,” Kemp said. “In the form of multimodal trails, we were able to address tourism and health and wellness, promote historical significance, and provide entryway signage for the Marks community. The resulting awards our center has received are a reflection of this successful project and partnership.”

Fred E. Carl Jr., a major Mississippi State benefactor and the Carl Small Town Center’s namesake, is a Greenwood resident who founded and served as the first president and CEO of nationally recognized Viking Range Corp. A one-time architecture major at MSU, he endowed the university’s statewide community design outreach program in 2004.

For more on the College of Architecture, Art and Design, visit www.caad.msstate.edu; its Carl Small Town Center, at http://carlsmalltowncenter.org or www.msstate.edu/videos/2016/07/carl-small-town-center.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

See the story in the Maroon Memo.

Read about it in The Clarion Ledger.

See the article in the Mississippi Business Journal.

MSU students recognized for wood-structure design achievements

November 14th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU students recognized for wood-structure design achievements

(Prahbu’s virtual tour of his winning design.)

 

By Sammy McDavid | Mississippi State University

Two Mississippi State architecture majors are recent winners of the highest national honors presented in a design competition sponsored by the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.

University seniors Omkar H. Prabhu, a native of Mumbai, India, and Curtis M. Reed of Montgomery, Alabama, took first- and second-place, respectively, in the organization’s Sustainable Versatility Design Awards challenge.

The judges’ vote was unanimous for Prabhu, whose award was accompanied by a $1,500 cash prize. Reed’s came with $750. Prabhu traveled to Newport, Rhode Island, earlier this semester to personally accept his award during NELMA’s annual meeting.

MSU was among more than 20 institutions throughout the U.S. whose students submitted design proposals for the intense and demanding competition.

Both students are at the School of Architecture’s downtown Jackson center, completing the fifth and final year in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design’s architecture program—the only one of its kind in the Magnolia State.

Founded in 1933 and based in Cumberland, Maine, NELMA is the non-profit trade organization representing the softwood lumber industry throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. For more, see www.nelma.org.

The NELMA competition brief “called for the redesign of each applicant’s architecture school by utilizing innovative timber technologies and sustainable practices,” said Jacob A. Gines.

Prabhu and Reed’s winning designs were adaptations of work completed last year in the architecture school’s TIMB(R) Studio that the MSU assistant professor leads.

TIMB(R) is the acronym for Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined. Open to fourth-year architecture majors, the campus-based studio was supported by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative  Inc., an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to responsible forest management, along with the Mississippi Forestry Association and Weyerhaeuser Co. through its SFI Conservation and Community Partnership Grants Program.

Last year, both students also won significant design recognitions. Prabhu became the fourth MSU architecture major named an Undergraduate Research Fellow of the Method Studio, a Utah-based architectural design firm. For Reed, it was the top $500 TIMB(R)-sponsored prize for most innovative uses of interior and exterior wood technologies in the design of an architecture studio.

 

For more about the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design and its School of Architecture, visit, respectively, www.caad.msstate.edu/caad/home.php and www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/home.php. Gines may be reached at jgines@caad.msstate.edu or 662-325-0094.

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See the feature on the Northern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA) website.

Esenwein, Tripp named editors of ‘Arris’ architecture historian journal

November 13th, 2017 Comments Off on Esenwein, Tripp named editors of ‘Arris’ architecture historian journal

By | Sasha Steinberg

Fred Esenwein, left, and Andrew Tripp, pictured with Virginia Price, past president of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Two faculty members in Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture are the new editors of “Arris – The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.”

Assistant professors Fred Esenwein and Andrew Tripp each will serve a three-year term from 2018-2021. One of several subchapters of the highly distinguished Society of Architectural Historians, SESAH is the only subchapter to publish a scholarly journal. 

Esenwein is a licensed architect in Virginia whose academic research concentrates on American architecture. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s in architecture from Virginia Tech, as well as a doctorate in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to a bachelor’s in architecture from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City’s East Village, Tripp has a master’s and doctorate in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Christopher Scott Hunter delivers Harrison Lecture

November 7th, 2017 Comments Off on Christopher Scott Hunter delivers Harrison Lecture

By Kelsey Brownlee

On Mon., Nov. 6, Christopher Scott Hunter presented the third Harrison Lecture for fall 2017. The event took place in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall at 4 p.m. 

Hunter came and spoke about Texas A&M University, which he currently attends. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Science in Architecture from Texas A&M University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in architecture.

Hunter has about 30 years of experience under his belt from working on big architecture projects for major design firms in Dallas, Texas.

School of Architecture announces fall 2017 Final Jury Review schedule

November 1st, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces fall 2017 Final Jury Review schedule

Fifth-Year Program  FINAL JURY SCHEDULE    (in Jackson MS)                                                                       Jury to be in the 5th-Year Jackson Center on Capitol Street. Please call first to confirm times. 601.354.6480

Thurs., Nov. 16
Fifth-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Jackson Urban projects

Fri., Nov. 17
Fifth-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Jackson Urban projects

Main Campus  FINAL JURY SCHEDULE    (in Starkville)                                                                                   Jury to be in either Giles Gallery or Fazio Jury Room 

Mon., Nov. 20
First-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Foundational intervention (3 media: wood; metal; casting)

Mon., Nov. 27
Second-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Collaborative Studio w/ BCS   ‘Quaker Meeting House’

Tues., Nov. 28
Third-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
‘Urban Chicago medium density Housing’

Wed., Nov. 29
Fourth-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
2 studios: 1) Mass Timber Office Bldg in Jackson &  2) Ripley MS Master Planning w/ CSTC

 

Timothy McDonald presents second fall 2017 Harrison Lecture

October 29th, 2017 Comments Off on Timothy McDonald presents second fall 2017 Harrison Lecture

By Kelsey Brownlee

On Fri., Oct. 27, Timothy McDonald presented the second Harrison Lecture for fall 2017. The event took place in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m. 

McDonald spoke about his firm, Onion Flats, which he and his brother founded. Onion Flats is a Philadelphia based real estate development/design/build firm. McDonald serves as lead architect and construction manager for many of Onion Flats’ projects.

Tim has been an adjunct professor of architecture at Philadelphia University, Temple University, University of Calgary and University of Pennsylvania. He also holds positions in many neighborhood association zoning committees. 

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