Carl Small Town Center writes guidelines for downtown renovation

August 6th, 2018 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center writes guidelines for downtown renovation

Kemp

By Alex Holloway | Columbus Dispatch

The city of Starkville and the Carl Small Town Center are partnering to craft a set of guidelines to help preserve the character of the city’s downtown. 

Community Development Department Director Buddy Sanders said the process for the guidelines started about two-and-a-half years ago. 

“The historic preservation commission became concerned about possible redevelopments in the downtown area and the effect that a renovation may have on a downtown building losing the character of that historic property,” Sanders said. 

Commissioners reached out to then-Greater Starkville Development CEO Jennifer Gregory, who suggested creating a set of guidelines to offer for businesses looking to move into or renovate a building downtown.  

The city applied for a Certified Local Government grant through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. In June, the city received the grant, which will offer $6,500 in reimbursement for the $13,000 contract with the Carl Small Town Center, which aldermen approved at the most recent regular board meeting. The city is paying $3,250 of the contract’s cost, and the remaining $3,250 is covered through in-kind volunteer services from the center. 

Leah Kemp, director of the Carl Small Town Center, said the template is going to focus on exterior characteristics of the buildings. 

“We look at the height of the buildings, the character and the materiality,” she said. “We look at how they were made. The goal is to provide options so future development can not necessarily return things to the way they were, but make decisions in keeping with the character and scale of what is already there. 

“Sometimes in other cities, you can see bad examples of what not to do,” she added. “We are going to provide in our standards examples of what to do and what not to do.” 

Sanders said the guidelines will focus wholly on the outside of buildings. 

“A bright, canary yellow paint is not going to work on a 1910 building,” he said. 

Work has to be completed on the design guidelines by mid-September, and Sanders said he expects it to be finished before then, with the center already “moving quickly” on the work. 

He said the document will be strictly suggestive, rather than codified in an ordinance. Still, he said the center will likely present the document to the board of aldermen when it’s completed. 

“We were very open with the Carl Small Town Center that we wanted the document to be a template for other Mississippi cities,” Sanders said. 

Kemp said the work Starkville is doing could set a positive model for other communities. 

“The more progressive communities around the state are the ones who understand the value of preserving their identities,” she said. “Starkville is poised to grow a whole lot more, and the local board and mayor understand that and want to make sure they’re growing in a positive way. 

“I think Starkville has been charged with setting a sense of design excellence,” she later added. “This template will help set that standard of excellence so Starkville can be looked at as a place that sets a good example for other communities.”

MSU School of Architecture adds Callender as associate director

July 30th, 2018 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture adds Callender as associate director

Jassen Callender | Photo by Jamen Berk

Mississippi State’s School of Architecture Fifth-Year Program Director Jassen Callender has taken on additional university leadership duties as the school’s permanent associate director.

Callender, an associate professor, began his new role on July 1, supporting Director Michael Berk in administrative work for the school. Callender will be on the Starkville campus regularly and also will work remotely from the Jackson-based SARC Fifth-Year Program.

“Jassen has many years of professional practice, studio and lecture teaching, as well as administrative experience and scholarly research,” said Berk, who also holds the F.L. Crane Endowed Professorship. “He is a seasoned academic with practical skill, and he is a sought-after academic with a long list of invitations to prestigious programs around the country.”

Prior to the formation of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the School of Architecture—offering the only curriculum in the state of Mississippi leading to a professional degree in architecture—was a stand-alone unit on campus with two administrators, a dean and associate dean. When transitioned into a college, the school lost one of its administrators, a void that Callender now fills as associate director.

“The School of Architecture has long established itself as a leader in the field, and the appointment of Jassen Callender as the associate director will provide an excellent support to the school moving forward,” said College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Angi Elsea Bourgeois. “Jassen’s expertise will be an asset to both our faculty and students.”

A 1994 MSU School of Architecture alumnus, Callender teaches advanced studios and Theory of Urban Design at the Jackson Center. He also is an occasional practitioner, painter and writer, member of the Society of Architectural Historians and a regional board member of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Callender’s educational background underscores this range of interests and concerns, from undergraduate training in both architecture and philosophy to graduate work in painting, sculpture and art history leading to a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2001.

These activities and his subsequent research aim at deepening human understanding of how meaning is constructed and shared through the built environment. His first book, “Architecture History and Theory in Reverse,” was published by Routledge in July 2017.

Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design and its School of Architecture at www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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Mississippi State architecture students selected as finalists in national masonry competition

July 17th, 2018 Comments Off on Mississippi State architecture students selected as finalists in national masonry competition

In preparation for the local Unit Design Competition, MSU Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob A. Gines’s materials class traveled to Saturn Materials LLC in Columbus to see the manufacturing process firsthand and research the parameters and restraints of making a concrete masonry unit. (Photos submitted)

A team of three Mississippi State architecture students is a top three finalist for a national masonry competition.

Designers of “The Pulse” custom-brick entry in the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) 2018 Unit Design Competition include juniors Madison C. Holbrook of Steens; McKenzie R. Johnson of Fayetteville, Georgia; and Baron O. Necaise of Gulfport.

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of NCMA and the first year that the MSU School of Architecture has been involved in the Unit Design Competition, so it’s exciting to be a part of that legacy,” said the team’s faculty adviser and Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob A. Gines.

As a finalist, the team is invited—expenses paid—to NCMA’s mid-year conference in Chicago, Illinois, to present its design on August 1, along with the other two finalist teams from Ball State University and Iowa State University.

“We are beyond grateful for this opportunity and for all of the support and help from the faculty here at State,” Johnson said. “Professor Gines, Professor Justin Taylor and (Building Services Coordinator) Scott Hudspeth have encouraged and helped us through this process, and just making it to nationals is enough in itself.”

“It has been such an amazing experience working with our professors to learn how to design, make and use bricks,” Necaise said. “To apply this knowledge in real life as a part of a competition is even better.”

“I believe that this is a testament to the opportunities that CAAD presents us,” added Holbrook.

“The Pulse” was completed in Gines’s spring 2018 materials course and took first place in the local Unit Design Competition sponsored by Saturn Materials LLC of Columbus. Holbrook, Johnson and Necaise won $250 as a team, making their project eligible for the national competition.

For the project, Holbrook, Johnson and Necaise produced a set of eight concrete masonry units based on a single design, with each brick measuring 3-5/8 inches by 3-5/8 inches by 8 inches. The student team considered use of light and shadow, composition, orientation, usefulness and configuration while following a very specific digital fabrication process for the design and development of their custom brick.

“The design team of ‘The Pulse’ has worked tirelessly to design a concrete masonry unit that is beautiful, economic, durable and poetic,” Gines said.

The local competition consisted of submissions from 14 teams of three students each. The jury included Gines; Fred Dunand, president of Saturn Materials; Belinda Stewart, founding principal at Belinda Stewart Architects; and Neil Couvillion, landscape architect at Couvillion Design + Build.

The team of juniors Davis S. Beasley of Houston, Texas; Rory C. Fitzpatrick of Bossier City, Louisiana; and senior Felipe M. Olvera of Memphis, Tennessee, won second place and $150. Seniors Alexander “Alex” D. Boyd of Madison and Kaitlyn R. Breland of Wiggins and junior Mariah J. Green of Southaven placed third, receiving $100.

“Professor Gines’s students have demonstrated skills and knowledge way beyond the typical skill set of a second-year architecture student’s ability,” said School of Architecture Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk. “Our collaboration with Saturn Materials in Columbus has been invaluable. I am confident that Saturn was most integral to both the students’ understanding of the process and their ultimate success in this national competition.”

Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design and its School of Architecture at www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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Architecture alumnus Joseph Stewart featured in AIA Jacksonville publication

July 17th, 2018 Comments Off on Architecture alumnus Joseph Stewart featured in AIA Jacksonville publication

Joseph P. Stewart, AIA, NCARB (MSU BARC May 1993), was recently featured in the “member spotlight” of AIA Jacksonville’s weekly update:

Carl Small Town Center Director shows multi-modal interpretive trail to Martin Luther King III

May 30th, 2018 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center Director shows multi-modal interpretive trail to Martin Luther King III

Contributed to by Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Martin Luther King III visited Marks in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Marks Mule Train and his father’s Poor People’s Campaign for a week of events from May 7-13.

Mississippi State University Carl Small Town Center (CSTC) Director Leah Kemp was invited to the celebration to tour King through the multi-modal interpretive trail designed by the research center. The trail highlights the Marks Mule Train Civil Rights campaign, a vision of his father in the 1960s.

The Carl Small Town Center recently received two statewide awards for its “Marking the Mule” project, which focused on advancing citizen engagement in the Marks community – a 2017 Public Outreach Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association and an AIA Design Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

In July 2015, the CSTC was awarded a $25,000 Our Town grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to work with the community to vision a way to commemorate the historic civil rights campaign.

The yearlong public outreach campaign project engaged local residents, historians, architects and planners. The CSTC developed interpretive pedestrian and vehicle trails along with corresponding signage highlighting Civil Rights-related sites in Marks. They also designed a master plan for the designated Trailhead Park and built a welcome sign showing interactive maps for new trails.

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.

The Carl Small Town Center, a community design center at Mississippi State University within the School of Architecture, was founded in 1979 to help address issues faced by Mississippi’s small towns.

Read more about “Marking the Mule” and the Carl Small Town Center.

CREATE Common Ground course implements coursework in Ripley

May 23rd, 2018 Comments Off on CREATE Common Ground course implements coursework in Ripley

Students Rayce Belton (4th year architecture) and Shelby Jaco (3rd year architecture)

(left to right): Thomas Gregory (CSTC),  Rayce Belton (4th year architecture), Chris Marsalis (Mayor, City of Ripley), Shelby Jaco (3rd year architecture), and Silvina Lopez Barrera (Assistant Professor)

(via Assistant Professor Silvina Lopez Barrera)

This year, the CREATE Common Ground (ARC 4613) course explored tactical urbanism in downtown Ripley using short-term and low-cost design interventions with long-term lasting impact for the community.

On April 19students travelled to Ripley to implement  their final design. They collaborated with the local government and Ripley Main Street Association to activate an underutilized alleyway in downtown that connects the courthouse square and a parking lot. 

This service-learning course is the result of a partnership between the Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University and the CREATE Foundation to address issues of urban development, historic preservation and transportation in communities in Northeast Mississippi.

Students: Nada Abdel-Aziz, Rayce Belton, and Shelby Jaco

Instructor: Silvina Lopez Barrera, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

Teaching Assistant: Thomas Gregory, Community Planner, CSTC

More photos from the project (via Thomas Gregory):

 

 

End-of-Year retreat includes Mississippi presentations; honors West, Funderburk, Lewis

May 22nd, 2018 Comments Off on End-of-Year retreat includes Mississippi presentations; honors West, Funderburk, Lewis

Faculty and staff in the College of Architecture, Art and Design recently gathered for the annual end-of-the year retreat.

Faculty wrapped up some final business for the year before hearing presentations about Mississippi architecture by Emeritus Professor Michael Fazio and Mississippi artist Walter Inglis Anderson by Professor Brent Funderburk.

Funderburk, who will retire at the end of May after 36 years, was recognized after his presentation.

Staff joined in for lunch and a time to recognize Jane Lewis – the dean’s assistant, who will retire at the end of June with 32 years of service – and Jim West, who is stepping down as dean of the college also at the end of June. West has served in the role of dean for 17 years.

College of Architecture, Art and Design names 2018 faculty, staff award recipients

May 22nd, 2018 Comments Off on College of Architecture, Art and Design names 2018 faculty, staff award recipients

The College of Architecture, Art and Design annually honors faculty and staff with monetary awards recognizing excellence in teaching, service and dedication. The recipients are selected by an awards committee, which includes the dean, associate dean, department heads and a faculty member from each unit.

Faculty are chosen for the award based on demonstrated excellence in teaching as evaluated by a statement of personal pedagogy or philosophy, student work, a self-critique of their own work and teaching evaluations.

The 2018 CAAD Tenured Faculty Teaching Excellence Award went to School of Architecture Jackson Center Director Jassen Callender.

School of Architecture Assistant Professor Jacob A. Gines received the Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

The 2018 CAAD Staff Award went to Laura Mitchell, admissions and advising coordinator for the School of Architecture.

The staff award honors a staff member in the college who exemplifies professionalism and dedication by performing above and beyond the job description; takes initiative on tasks; relates to others on the staff or faculty; and has demonstrated innovation or creativity in his/her job.

School of Architecture holds annual Recognition Day honoring the class of 2018

May 11th, 2018 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds annual Recognition Day honoring the class of 2018

Class of 2018: (left to right): Anna Barr, Charles Barlow, Ebony Batchelor, Ashtyn Bryant, Claire Sims, Abbigail Raper, Zachary Henry, Zach Busman, Caleb Fearing, Kimball Hansard, Nick Vezinaw, Bradford Trevino, Rashidat Momoh, Edward Holmes, Kirby Lockard, Omkar Prabhu, Yerix Morel, Danielle Nail, Ben Webster, Spencer Powell, Maria Vaghani, Ian Omar Smart

Recognition Day for the School of Architecture was held on May 3, 2018, in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk welcomed everyone and thanked parents, spouses, partners, siblings, grandparents and other guests for supporting the graduates before introducing MSU Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Peter Ryan, Ph.D.Ryan welcomed everyone to campus.

College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West, AIA, presented the 28th Annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.The School of Architecture faculty members were recognized before announcing the awards.

2017-2018 School of Architecture awards:

Director’s Award
Recipient: Jim West
This special award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the built environment and beyond.

_____________________________________________________ Annual Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award
Recipient: Jassen Callender
The architectural firm of Allen & Hoshall of Jackson, Mississippi, has established a $500 annual award to a faculty member “who has demonstrated excellence in teaching.” The award winners are selected by the fifth-year graduating class.

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Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD)
Chapter President: Leah Ballard Welborn 
Faculty Advisors: Professor Jacob Gines, Professor Hans Herrmann
Tau Sigma Delta is the architectural (and allied programs) honor society open to top academic students in design disciplines. Induction does not occur until the student consistently demonstrates high academic standards and is in the third-year.

TSD Initiates:
Trey Box, Tony Coleman, Meredith Hutto, Abby Jackson, Matthew Murphy, Maria Ory, Duncan Thomas, Daniel Wikoff (Interior Design: Lauren Bean, Laura Katherine Goodman, Sam Graham, Kaitlynn Harness, Carlie Teffeteller, Natalie Watson)

TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:
Caleb Fearing, Zachary Henry, Edward Holmes, Omkar Prabhu, Bradford Treviño, Maria Vaghani, Ben Webster, (Interior Design: Lauren Bean, Natalie Watson)

TSD Faculty Book Award
Recipient: Dr. Fred Esenwein
The Tau Sigma Delta Faculty Book Award is presented by the third- and fourth-year student members to the faculty member who has inspired them to excellence.TSD Bronze Medal
Recipient: Edward Holmes V
The Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal is presented by the third- and fourth-year membership of the society to a graduating fifth-year student who in his/her thesis project has expanded the students’ insight and awareness of architecture.

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National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
Chapter President: Damion Hardy
Faculty Advisor: Professor Francesca Hankins
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) is the student arm of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Students participating seek to enhance the educational experience of its members by fostering diversity within the School of Architecture and the community at-large.

The 2018 NOMAS Diversity Award
Recipient: Leandra Santos
Chosen by the NOMAS membership, the NOMAS Diversity Award is given to a
student who has shown outstanding initiative and leadership in promoting diversity within the School and the larger community.

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Alpha Rho Chi (APX)
Chapter President: Asher Paxton
Faculty Advisor: Professor Justin Taylor
Alpha Rho Chi is the only national co-ed professional/social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. MSU’s Hippodamus chapter includes members representing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering. Their mission is academic excellence, and the group focuses on leadership, mentoring and professionalism.

Alpha Rho Chi Student Book Award
Recipient: Ashtyn Belle Bryant
The Alpha Rho Chi student book award is given to a graduating fifth-year
architecture student who is an active member of Alpha Rho Chi who has
furthered the mission of the fraternity through service.

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American Institute of Architecture Students
Chapter President: Hannah Hebinck
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Fred Esenwein
American Institute of Architecture Students is the student counterpart of the American Institute of Architects. The chapter works closely with professional architects in the state through the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

AIAS Member of the Year Award
Recipient: Baron Necaise
The recipient of the AIAS Award is chosen by the AIAS membership. The qualifications for this award are:  “…that the student goes above and beyond what has been asked of him/her; has shown initiative and leadership qualities; has been an AIAS leader within his/her year level; and does well academically.”

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First-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Professor Hans Herrmann
Recipients: Trent Little, Grace Sheridan, Caley Watts
This award is a book selected by the first-year faculty and is presented to a first-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

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Second-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Professor Justin Taylor
Recipient: Mariah Green 
This award is a book selected by the second-year faculty and is presented to a second-year student selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

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Third-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Professor John Poros
Recipient: Trey Box
This award is a book selected by the third-year faculty and is presented to a third-year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

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Fourth-Year Faculty Book Award
Studio Coordinator: Professor Jacob GInes
Recipient: Rayce Belton
This award is a book selected by the fourth-year faculty and is presented to a fourth- 
year student/s selected on the basis of ‘design excellence’.

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Herrington Architects Student Design Capstone Award
Recipient: Tahir Khan
This $1,500 award is selected by an outside Jury Committee, including Bruce Herrington and Tim Nichols, to recognize exceptional design work among 4th-year students.

Herrington Architects Student Design Jurists’ Award
Recipient: Amanda Kotecki
This $750 award is selected by an outside Jury Committee, including Bruce Herrington and Tim Nichols, to recognize exceptional design work among fourth-year students. The recipient is runner-up to the Capstone Award.

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ARCC King Award
Presented by: Director Michael Berk
Recipient: Edward Holmes V
Selection for this award is made by the entire faculty.  Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), this award is presented to one student per ARCC-member school. Selection of the recipient is based upon criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.


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Fifth-Year Jurists’ Awards
Presented by: Jassen Callender, Jackson Center Director
Recipients: Kirby Lockard, Rashida Momoh
The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by the fifth-year design faculty upon the student(s) who has achieved the greatest personal growth as a designer and whose work has contributed to the overall success of the fifth-year Design Studio.

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Academic Achievement Award
Recipient: Zachary Henry
The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average. 

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Creative Windows And Doors/Marvin Windows 5th-Year Design Travel Award
($1,500) Ebony Batchelor
In September 2004, Dave Young and Eddie Rives, owners of Creative Windows & Doors; and David Morris, Marvin Windows representative, established this traveling fellowship for a student completing the fifth-year. Creative Windows & Doors established a new agreement in 2017 to continue and enhance the award.

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Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Presented by: Director Michael Berk
Recipient: Ebony Batchelor
The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded to the graduating fifth-year student who has shown an ability for leadership, performed willing service for the school, and gives promise of professional merit through attitude and personality. The medal is offered each year to every NAAB fully accredited school of architecture. The recipient is chosen by the entire faculty of the school.

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AIA Henry Adams Medal
Presented by: Director Michael Berk
Medal Recipient: Zachary Henry
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Henry Adams Medal is considered to be the most important award given to graduating students. It is awarded for “general excellence in architecture” throughout the course of study. The medal is awarded to the most qualified student, and selection is made by the entire faculty.

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Other Notable Student Awards, 2017-2018

Honorable Mention: ACSA/AIA CRAN HERE + NOW Housing Competition
Zachary Henry
Zachary Henry received Honorable Mention in the HERE + NOW Housing Competition – sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the American Institute of Architects Custom Residential Architects Network (AIA CRAN) – for his project, “Affordable Housing for the 21st Century: A Housing Solution for Poverty in the Neglected Mississippi Delta,” under the guidance of Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn.

2017 NELMA Sustainable Versatility Awards
First Place ($1,500): Omkar Prabhu; Second Place ($750): Curtis Reed
Omkar Prabhu received first place in the highly competitive 2017 Sustainable Versatility Awards – sponsored by NELMA (Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association) – for his project, “Exploring Avenues in Timber: A New Mass Timber Building for Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.” His winning submission was published in the White Pine Architectural Monographs and featured at the NELMA Annual Meeting. Curtis Reed’s second place project was titled ““Mississippi State University EXO.” Both students were under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

Mississippi State University Presidential Scholars
Nada A. Abdel-Aziz and Jasmine E. Topps
Nada Abdel-Aziz and Jasmine Topps were two of fourteen students selected for Mississippi State’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship. The annual award covers the current cost of university tuition, fees, books, and room and board, as well as research and study-abroad expenses. Selected from more than 500 qualified applicants, the 2017-18 group joins 39 others already participating in the program, which is part of MSU’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College.

Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellows
Fall 2017: Christopher Kyle Murphy; Spring 2018: Jake Gartman   
Method Studio Research Fellows received a stipend award and work on research during the semester for Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.

Burris Wagnon Study Abroad Travel Award
Zachary Henry, Rashida Momoh, Yerix Morel, Omkar Prabhu, Bradford Treviño
Bill Burris and Stan Wagnon, principals of Burris/Wagon Architects, P.A., established the Burris Wagnon Study Abroad Travel Award to fulfill a desire to assist students traveling abroad to experience architecture. Candidates for the award were fifth-year architecture students in good standing who demonstrated an interest in architectural history and theory coursework.

Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award for Excellence in Architecture
Leah Ballard Welborn
This $500 award was established in 1997 in honor and memory of William Lincoln Giles, a charter member of ARF. It is given each year to a student selected by the School of Architecture on the basis of academic excellence and overall leadership within the school. Funding for the award comes from a contribution by Ms. Hazel Presson, aunt of Ginger Giles Jones, Dr. Giles’ daughter.

Aydelott Travel Award
Maria Ory
A $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott, FAIA, and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides a $20,000 award each year to four architecture students currently enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; Mississippi State University; and the University of Tennessee. As MSU’s recipient, Maria Ory will travel this summer to research buildings in Spain, Austria, Mexico, and China. She will work next semester with her faculty mentor, Assistant Professor Dr. Andrew Reed Tripp.

Trussel Travel Award 
Charles “Trey” Box III
The Trussel Travel Award (funded by alumnus Ted T. Porter) is awarded to the second-place recipient of the Aydelott Travel Award. The award provides $4,800 for student travel. Trey’s proposal included housing complexes in England, the Netherlands, and Spain.

Harrison Lecture
Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith was invited to present the March 2018 Harrison Lecture. Smith presented his research resulting from travel funded by the 2017 Aydelott Travel Award. His research was guided by his mentor, Assistant Professor Dr. Fred Esenwein.

Competitive Co-Ops

  • Asher Paxton was selected from an international competition for a co-op at Olson-Kundig.
  • Clay Stocker was selected to co-op at Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (CMPBS).
  • Rayce Belton was selected to co-op at Gensler Dallas.

First Place, Arts & Humanities, 2018 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium
Emily Turner
Emily’s project, “Eileen Gray and Lina Bo Bardi: Modernism and the Patriarchal Tendencies of Architecture,” was completed under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory.

Selected for Inclusion, 2018 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

  • William Jordan’s project, “Working in Hand,” was co-authored by Baron Necaise, Olivia Baker, and Felipe Olivera and was completed under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory.
  • Duncan Thomas’s poster, “Post-Occupancy Analysis – Learning From the Existing and Fixing for the Future,” was co-authored by McKenzie Johnson, Madison Holbrook, and Blake Farrar and was completed under the guidance of Associate Professor Alexis Gregory.

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2018-2019 Scholarships

Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Annual Scholarship
($1,500) Mitchell Hubbell
In May 2007, Taylor Guild III and David Hardy established this scholarship to assist talented students in their fifth-year of study in the architecture program.

Mockbee Hall & Drake Annual Scholarship
($1,350) Diondria Bingham, Hannah Hebinck
Applicants must be: entering the fifth-year design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum grade point average of 3.0; be of good moral character; and have demonstrated leadership ability.

Erin Remerow Parsons Loyalty Scholarship
($1,000/year) LaTorrance Bernard, Howard Brown, Elisa Castaneda, Jessica Kiger, Amy Kwas
Open to incoming freshman and transfer students majoring in the College of Architecture, Art & Design with a minimum 3.0 GPA; transfer students must have a minimum of 48 transferable community college credit hours.

Lyndall Gail Wood Memorial Scholarship
($1,000) Abby Jackson
This scholarship was established by the Wood family to honor Lyndall Gail’s passion as an MSU architecture student. Applicants must be full-time students entering the fourth-year design studio in the School of Architecture, be in excellent academic standing with the university, and be a student with exceptional design ability.

Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Endowed Scholarship
($1,000) McKenzie Johnson
Candidates must be full-time students at Mississippi State University; have completed their second-year of design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.

Stephanie Mihojevich Pizzetta Annual Scholarship
($850) Breanna Richeson
Candidates must be full-time students; have completed their second-year in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.

Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship
($800) Tony Coleman
Any full-time MSU students in their third- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Applicants must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.

Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship
($500) Patrick Greene, Damion Hardy, Madison Holbrook, Danielle Leclercq, Matthew Lewis, Connor Padgett, Hannah Strider, Caley Watts
Any full-time MSU students in their second- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Students must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.

Angelo “Pops” Primos Computer Scholarship
(software) Matthew Churchill, Spencer Cummings, Pace Dempsey, Marika Dunne, Savannah Gilham, Kayla Perez, John Sparberry, Caley Watts
Applicants must be full-time MSU students entering the second-year design studio in the School of Architecture; and can demonstrate financial need.

Johnson-McAdams Design Discovery Scholarships
($600) To Be Determined  
Applicants must be from Leflore County, or be an under-represented minority group in architecture; and high school students interested in a career in architecture and related disciplines.

Joseph L. Echols D2 Scholarships (Design Discovery)
($600) To Be Determined  
Candidate must: be a high school student who shows an interest in majoring in architecture by taking college preparatory math and science courses and demonstrating ability; show strong work ethic and satisfactory performance; be a minority student from the Marshall County area; demonstrate financial need.

Photos from the event can be downloaded until July 30, 2018 here.

Download the event program here.

CAAD dean encourages newest MSU School of Architecture grads to ‘go make a difference’

May 10th, 2018 Comments Off on CAAD dean encourages newest MSU School of Architecture grads to ‘go make a difference’

Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art and Design Dean Jim West encouraged new graduates to work hard and be kind to others during the School of Architecture’s recent Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture. (Photo by Megan Bean)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

“Work hard. Build your craft with an attitude. Guard your words and character. Remember, how you work with and treat people matters.”

These are some of the wise words that Jim West, dean of Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, recently shared with new university graduates during the School of Architecture’s annual Dr. William L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture.

“Hard work is an indispensable component of a meaningful life. It affords dignity and is good for us and those around us. It helps us understand and develop our gifts, abilities and interests, all of which are really different, major components of our identity,” said West, CAAD’s founding dean who is resuming full-time teaching duties this summer.

One of DesignIntelligence’s 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016, West said he has learned many important lessons while working a total of 16 full-time jobs since high school. He encouraged the graduating seniors to invest their time, put forth their best effort, learn how to listen and always treat people with kindness.

“We should never make our moments of inspiration our standard. Our standard must be in the work and our attitude about the work over time,” he said. “I think it’s true in architecture and in life that the work in small things, in the midst of uncertainty, is where we all live and move and have our meaning.”

Peter Ryan, MSU associate provost for academic affairs, also commended the graduating seniors for successful completion of the state’s only curriculum leading to a professional degree in architecture.

“These students are not only brilliant, but they’re excellent because they understand the meaning of commitment and working hard,” Ryan said. “They’ve shown grit and determination. When they have failed, they’ve picked themselves up and tried again, and I really admire that.”

MSU F.L. Crane Professor and School of Architecture Director Michael A. Berk said witnessing the students’ growth through their MSU education has been “a remarkable thing to experience.”

“The seriousness demonstrated by these young architects is unwavering. Their honesty, ruggedness and inquisitive nature are relentless. Their intellect is unsurpassed,” Berk said. “I am confident these attributes and their experiences here at Mississippi State will serve them well in their careers and lives.

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