October 7th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture participates in career expo event
Students, faculty, staff and alumni from the Mississippi State University School of Architecture participated in “Imagine the Possibilities,” a career expo. for Northeast Mississippi 8th graders sponsored by Create’s Toyota Wellspring Education Fund.
The event was held Oct. 6-7 at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, and MSU participated in the Architecture and Construction Pathway, one of 18 pathways at the event.
MSU projects included:
- Listen with Legos
Goal: To show the importance of teamwork and communication between architects and construction professionals
Task: One student served as the architect and had the directions and diagram. The other student served as the constructor and had to listen to the architect’s instructions to put together the set as quickly as possible.
- Giant Jenga
(A big hit!) Built by Building Construction Science students at Mississippi State University … because, why not?!
“It’s the classic block-stacking, stack-crashing game of JENGA! How will you stack up against the law of gravity? Stack the wooden blocks in a sturdy tower, then take turns pulling out blocks one by one until the whole stack crashes down. Is your hand steady enough to pull out the last block before the tower collapses? If it is, you’ll win at JENGA!”
- Pop-up Houses
Students were given a house “plan” and were tasked with putting together the house. They were sent home with the challenge of putting together a pop-up MSU Chapel of Memories designed by an architecture professor at MSU.
- Sharpen Your Sketchup Skills
Students were allowed to try their skills at Google Sketchup with some help from MSU volunteers.
See more about the event and photos at designbuildimagine.wordpress.com or on social media with the hashtag #itp2015.
October 5th, 2015 Comments Off on First female African American MSU architecture grad memorialized
Mississippi State University
A Nashville, Tenn., resident is honoring the memory of a family member who made history at Mississippi State.
Betsy Jackson, along with her siblings, recently established the Sheila Rene Jackson Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.
In 1984, Sheila Jackson became the first female African American receiving a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture. She went on to a professional design career with the city of Atlanta and Georgia Institute of Technology Research Institute, among other organizations.
“The School of Architecture is honored to be the recipient of this generous memorial scholarship,” said school director Michael Berk. “She was a pioneer in helping to break gender and racial barriers in the architectural profession and remains an incredible role model for us all.”
Berk, who also holds the school’s F.L. Crane Endowed Professorship, said the Jackson Scholarship will be awarded to a worthy student completing the final year of the school’s traditional five-year undergraduate program. Among other criteria, preference will be given to female African American majors, he added.
“My sister believed in helping others,” Betsy Jackson said. “My siblings and I wanted to do something that would not only honor Sheila’s legacy at MSU, but also would do what meant the most to her, help others.”
Established in 1973, MSU’s architecture school offers the only accredited professional degree of its kind in Mississippi. Housed in downtown Jackson, the senior-year study requirement was the nation’s first self-contained, fifth-year program in the major.
For information on creating scholarships through the College of Architecture, Art and Design, contact Perry K. “P.K.” Thomas, the college’s development director, at 662-325-2464 or email@example.com.
Read the story in The Dispatch.
October 2nd, 2015 Comments Off on CAAD associate dean named SEC academic leadership fellow
By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University
Four Mississippi State administrators and faculty members are among 50 selected as 2015-16 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows.
Since its inception in 2008, the professional development program has worked to identify, prepare and professionally advance academic leaders for key roles at each of the 14 SEC-member universities.
The MSU honorees include:
—Linda Cornelious, professor in the instructional systems and workforce development department.
—Greg G. Hall, professor and associate dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design.
—Ron McLaughlin, professor and associate dean for administration in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
—Linda W. Morse, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and professor in the counseling and educational psychology department.
Through this academic initiative, the athletic conference works to sponsor, support and promote collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students. Providing an online platform to showcase achievements of these individuals on regional, national and international levels is among its primary missions.
Designated by provosts at the respective institutions, ALDP liaisons serve as the conference’s primary point of academic contact.
“The individuals selected by their SEC universities to participate in the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program represent the future of higher education administration,” said SECU Executive Director Torie Johnson. “The leadership skills they already possess are sure to be enhanced by the SEC ALDP experience.”
Cornelious is a Florida State University doctoral graduate who was named in 2003 as Outstanding Faculty Woman of the Year by the MSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women. A published author, she regularly serves as presenter and leader at national, regional and state professional conferences. Her primary areas of research include, among others, instructional technology, educational leadership, multicultural education and community service learning.
Hall is an award-winning architect, educator and administrator with extensive local, regional and international experience. He holds a doctoral degree from University of Hong Kong and bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at Austin, both in architecture. Along with receiving a certificate in Japanese language from Osaka, Japan-based Kansai University of Foreign Studies, Hall completed liberal arts studies at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. In addition to cross-departmental undergraduate and graduate courses in such areas as design and construction technology, he has developed and taught courses on architecture design management and global architecture practice.
McLaughlin, a board-certified veterinary surgeon who specializes in small animal surgery, started at MSU-CVM in 2000 as an associate professor and chief of surgery. He became head of the department of clinical sciences in 2006. A University of Missouri-Columbia veterinary medicine doctoral graduate, he provided leadership in establishing the college’s Veterinary Medical Technology program, one of only three 4-year veterinary technology programs in the country.
Morse is a Florida State University doctoral graduate with extensive experience in instructional design, development and evaluation. Along with being a John Grisham Master Teacher, she is a research fellow for the university’s Social Science Research Center, where her efforts focus on cognition issues and development.
For more about the SEC Academic Leadership Development program, visit www.thesecu.com/sec-academic-leadership-development-program.php.
October 1st, 2015 Comments Off on MSU research center fellow selected for prestigious Japanese program
An architect with Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design recently returned from a week-long collaborative learning experience in Japan as part of an international group of young professionals.
Emily Roush-Elliott was selected for The Outstanding Young Persons Program of Osaka’s Junior Chamber International organization. She is the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at the Fred Carl Small Town Center, the research arm of MSU’s School of Architecture.
Since 1981, the Japanese organization has worked “to encourage mutual understanding and communications beyond national frameworks.” Annually, it invites less than a dozen individuals representing a variety of career fields throughout the world to gather, discuss, learn from and encourage each other.
This year’s TOYP program covered a range of critical issues and was designed to expand the participants’ knowledge of and appreciation for the Pacific island nation’s highly evolved culture.
Roush-Elliot expressed appreciation for being selected, adding that she was “particularly excited” about this year’s program theme, “Designing Society for Equity.”
“Utilizing design thinking to respond to the globe’s most complex social equity challenges is at the core of my work and the work of the organizations of which I am a part,” she said.
“It was a great honor to be chosen as a participant. The JCI Osaka members were gracious and attentive hosts who introduced us to Japanese culture while also engaging us around issues of national importance, such as gender inequity and a parallel decline in population and economic growth,” she added.
In 2012, the Carl Center became one of only four national organizations designated to receive an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow.
Roush-Elliot arrived at MSU early the following year and since has lead the Baptist Town Neighborhood Reinvestment project in Greenwood. She holds degrees in design from Arizona State University and architecture from the University of Cincinnati.
During her time in the Leflore County seat, Roush-Elliot has focused on planning and constructing a park, playground, streetscapes and signage. She also has opened a community center and organized participatory activities in the Central Delta community.
Additionally, her multi-disciplinary MSU team had completed an 11-unit modular housing project in which low-income families were able to purchase new homes from the Greenwood-Leflore Fuller Center for Housing.
Roush-Elliot joins nearly 200 that have been selected for the prestigious Japanese program since it was established more than three decades ago. Among others are Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc.; former presidential aide Roger B. Porter; and Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity.
Greg G. Hall, associate dean of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, was a 1994 selection. He described the program as a valuable opportunity to discuss critical issues with colleagues from around the world, as well as Japanese business leaders.
“We’re excited that Emily was invited to participate,” he added. “Her experience as an architect and her work with the Carl Small Town Center in the Mississippi Delta provide an especially important viewpoint.”
The national Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship was created to provide a select group of the nation’s most outstanding early-career architects with opportunities for first-hand training and experience in sustainable community design work. For more, visit The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship.
See the article of MSU’s website.
September 28th, 2015 Comments Off on School of Architecture awards first Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Maria Degtyareva, a third-year architecture student at Mississippi State University, is the fall 2015 recipient of the newly established Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
Degtyareva, daughter of Grigoriy and Larisa Degtyareva of Novosibirks, Russia, will receive $3,000 and will spend the semester conducting research with Method Studio under the guidance of Assistant Professor Jacob Gines.
Gines, who is in his fourth year of teaching in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, also serves as the vice president of research and design at Method, a full-service architectural and design firm based in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.
Gines said the firm hopes to establish itself as “thought leaders” in the architectural community – both to generate and disseminate knowledge.
“There is a lot of support for connecting academia to the profession of architecture,” he added. “With this fellowship there is a unique opportunity to strengthen that connection between the Mississippi State School of Architecture and Method Studio, which is a leader around the area for architecture and design.”
“We are honored to be working with Method Studio and value the confidence they have placed in the School of Architecture,” added F.L. Crane Professor and Director of the school Michael Berk. “This research collaboration is an important endorsement of our faculty expertise and will provide our faculty with research assistants, enabling us to continue to push the boundaries of cutting-edge tectonic research.”
While the firm may not be local, Degtyareva and future fellows will be conducting research on issues that are transportable across regions.
“There is strength and value in connecting not just locally but at a distance as well,” said Gines.
The fellowship will also provide students a unique opportunity to interface with professionals with a possibility to present at Method Studio.
“Maria will start to understand at a deeper level the concerns, opportunities and issues that the profession is facing right now,” said Gines. “It’s really great for her to play this critical role in formulating some research – not just for a firm but for the architectural community.”
Degtyareva has already started on her first research assignment – to compare and document design trends in student housing across the U.S.
September 14th, 2015 Comments Off on Annual collaborative student competition held
The Fifth Annual Brasfield & Gorrie Student Design Competition was held from Mon., Aug. 17 through Fri., Aug. 28.
Ten teams composed of students from the four departments in the College of Architecture, Art and Design worked together over these two intensive weeks to create a branding, interior design, architectural design and construction strategy for a new local brewery, SweetGum Brewing Company.
The students presented their final work at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery on Fri., Aug. 28 from 1:30 – 4 p.m. Reviewers from Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, Fuscia Architects and Brewworks and SweetGum Brewing Company attended to review the student work and to choose teams for the top three design awards.
The winning teams were:
- Michael Carraway – Building Construction Science
- Brent Gaudé – Building Construction Science
- Vanessa Holden – Interior Design
- Edward Holmes V – Architecture
- Casey Jennings – Graphic Design
- Ben Marshall – Architecture
- Jared Robinson – Architecture
- Ashton Aime – Architecture
- Caleb Fearing – Architecture
- Liz Grantham – Interior Design
- Robby Keifer – Building Construction Science
- Keith Kellum- Graphic Design
- Anna Strohm – Interior Design
- Nathan Thomas – Architecture
- Kyle Alford – Building Construction Science
- Kaiyla Barber – Graphic Design
- Ria Bennett – Architecture
- Josh Johnson – Architecture
- Kalyn Johnson – Interior Design
- Luke Marshall – Architecture
- Cheyenne Underwood – Interior Design
Click here to view the winning team projects on our student work site.
Students hard at work:
Q&A by Marissa Landon:Click here to download the PDF file.
September 11th, 2015 Comments Off on Reception held for TSD’s ‘Italy Abroad’ exhibition
A reception was held for Tau Sigma Delta’s “Italy Abroad” exhibition on Wed., Sept. 9 at 5:15 in the Giles Architecture Gallery.
Students within the College of Architecture, Art and Design are encouraged to broaden their horizons by participating in the college’s signature study abroad program in Rome. This past summer, students traveled abroad to Italy to study and experience classical art and architecture. Taught by architecture Assistant Professor Andrew Tripp, students engaged the incredible experience of Roman Italy through cultivating visual responses and stimulating discussion.
This gallery features the visual responses of top students through the form of drawing in ink/pencil, watercolor, writing and photography.
The work will be on display through the end of the month. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
View the full fall schedule.
September 11th, 2015 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center fellow selected for prestigious Japanese young professionals program
Emily Roush-Elliott, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow with Mississippi State’s Carl Small Town Center, has been selected to participate in the The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Program in Osaka, Japan. Roush-Elliot is one of several young professionals around the world selected to participate in this year’s week-long program in September.
Since 1981, the Junior Chamber International Osaka has been inviting 5-10 young people each year who work in a variety of fields all over the world “to encourage mutual understanding and communications beyond national frameworks.” At TOYP, participants discuss, learn and encourage each other on a variety of subjects and learn about Japanese culture.
“I am honored to be selected to participate in TOYP 2015,” said Roush-Elliot. “I am particularly excited about the Designing Society for Equity theme this year. Utilizing design thinking to respond the globe’s most complex social equity challenges is at the core of my work and the work of the organizations I am a part of. I am confident that TOYP will advance my thinking and provide invaluable connections that I can bring back to Mississippi.”
Roush-Elliot will add to the 187 who have attended since the program’s start, including special guests such as Steve Wozniak, the co-Founder of Apple; former presidential aide Roger B. Porter; and Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity. See a full list of past attendees.
Greg G. Hall, associate dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, participated in TOYP in 1994, and described the program as a valuable opportunity to discuss critical issues with colleagues from around the world as well as Japanese business leaders.
“We’re excited that Emily has been invited to participate. Her experience as an architect and her work with the college’s Carl Small Town Center in the Mississippi Delta will provide an especially important viewpoint.”
Roush-Elliot, who holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University, began working as a Rose Fellow with the Carl Small Town Center in January 2013 and has been leading the Baptist Town Neighborhood Reinvestment project. During her tenure, she has worked to plan and build a park, playground, streetscapes, signage and community events, as well as open a community center in the Delta community. Additionally, her multi-disciplinary team completed an eleven-unit modular affordable housing project in which low-income families were able to purchase new homes from the Greenwood-Leflore Fuller Center for Housing, utilizing 15-year, 0% interest mortgages.
The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship offers a select few of the nation’s finest, early career architects the opportunity for first-hand training and experience in sustainable community design work. Mississippi State’s Carl Small Town Center – a research center in the College of Architecture, Art and Design – was one of just four national organizations to receive an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow in 2012.
September 2nd, 2015 Comments Off on CAAD project featured as ‘State Spotlight’
Photo by Megan Bean | Mississippi State University
The Green Building Demonstration Pavilion, with its 600 square-foot green roof, is a public use space that forms the centerpiece for the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s rain garden. Over five years, more than 200 undergraduate- and graduate-level landscape architecture, landscape contracting, architecture, art, building science and graphic design students designed and built the museum’s green infrastructure and sustainable building technologies. The garden project has earned several awards, most recently winning the 2015 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4’s Rain Catcher Award in the neighborhood/community-level.
August 25th, 2015 Comments Off on Julio Bermudez to present first fall 2015 Harrison Lecture
The first lecture for the fall 2015 Harrison Lecture Series will be presented by architect Julio Bermudez on Fri., Aug. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall.
The annual lecture series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Robert V. M. Harrison, Ph.D., FAIA, FCSI.
Julio Bermudez joined the Catholic University of America (CUA) School of Architecture and Planning in fall 2010 to direct the cultural studies and sacred space graduate concentration program. He holds a master’s in architecture and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota. He has been teaching architectural design, theory and representation for nearly 30 years.
Bermudez’s teaching and research are focused in architectural phenomenology; the development of voluntary architectural simplicity (VAS); and the relationship between architecture, culture and spirituality. He has lectured, led symposia and published articles in these areas nationally and internationally. Current projects include a fMRI study of architecturally induced contemplative states, the analysis of a massive survey on profound phenomenologies of place and work on a manuscript on the architectural extraordinary. His edited volume “Transcending Architecture. Contemporary Views on Sacred Space” was published by CUA Press in January 2015, whereas his second, co-edited, book “Architecture, Culture and Spirituality” (Ashgate) is scheduled for release in October 2015.
Prior to this work, Bermudez’s efforts unfolded around two areas: (1) the pedagogic investigation of design process and digital media, and (2) the application of architectural concepts and methods to the interdisciplinary design of data environments. The result of this work included the analog-digital design method and theory (influencing many teachers and researchers worldwide), a successful information visualization research across multiple domains (attracting nearly $5M in funding), three patents, and a very extensive number of lectures, workshops, and publications both in the U.S. and abroad.
Bermudez has received several national and international recognitions including the 1998 AIA Education Honors Award, the 2004-05 ACSA Creative Achievement Award, the 2005 Arturo Montagu Creative Career Prize bestowed by SiGraDi (Latin American organization), the 2006 ACADIA Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2010 Sasada Award for his sustained and significant international record of scholarship and service (conferred by CAADRIA, Asia). Bermudez co-founded the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality in 2007 and has continued to be one of its leaders since then.
Harrison Lecture Series Schedules