School of Architecture announces fall 2014 Jury Review schedule

October 31st, 2014 Comments Off

Please call the main office at 662-325-2202 to confirm exact times and dates prior to attending.

All the following reviews will be in Giles Hall – Starkville:

First-Year Studio:

Mon., Nov. 24
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Andrew Tripp
“The first semester of the first year is dedicated to the study of space and its representation in perception and architectural models and drawings.  Each student has completed a three-dimensional project called “Composition-Around-A-Void” in which they used a selection of given architectural members (columns, planes and vaults) to establish an ordered relationship between a “figurative void-space” and a larger “field-space.” This project is a vehicle for teaching the architectural conventions of descriptive drawing (including orthometric, axonometric and perspective projections), but drawing is also engaged as a place of invention and conjecture.”

Second-Year (Collaborative Studio with Building Construction Science):

Mon., Dec. 1
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn
“In Collaborative Studio I, the second-year architecture and building construction science studios are working together to design and construct two restroom facilities on MSU’s Gold Course. The final review will be held in Giles Hall, where students will present their design work for the facilities. A ribbon cutting ceremony and reception will be at held (open to the MSU community) at the MSU Golf Course to celebrate the completion of the project. More details on time, location to come.”

Third-Year Studio:

Tues., Nov. 25
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Justin Taylor
The third-year studio’s final project is the design of a mixed-use, multi-family housing project on a site in Chicago, Ill. The project teaches students what’s involved in building housing in a metropolitan city.

Fourth-Year Studio:

Tuesday, Dec. 2
Coordinator: Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory
“Gregory’s fourth-year students are designing a mixed-use building based on functional symbiosis that includes a local micro-brewery, Sweetgum Brewing, and a local baker, DeRego’s Bread. Additional programmatic elements include a community garden and community space. Functional symbiosis is the sharing of building waste to prevent it from being placed into landfills. The waste water from the brewery is used by the community garden, and the spent grain from the brewing process is being used by both the bakery and the community garden. Community symbiosis is being achieved by the sharing of the products from the building with the community, as well as educating the community on the functional symbiosis in the building. Students can add any more programs that they feel are needed to enhance this community symbiosis. The project site is at the corner of Jackson Street and Lampkin Street in downtown Starkville. The studio is being funded by Build Ivywild’s James Fennell and Keith Findely, both MSU alumni.”

Assistant Professor Jake Gines’ studio has worked on proposals for the college for a connector building between Howell and Giles that would house the dean’s offices and other college services, bringing all the units of the college into a mini fine arts campus.

Fifth-Year Studio:

Thurs., Dec. 4 – Fri., Dec. 5
Coordinator: Associate Professor Jassen Callender, Jackson Center director
“Fifth-year students were asked to re-conceive the future patterns of mid-size American cities, and Jackson in particular, in light of environmental and economic challenges. These thoughts have been made manifest at various scales, from master planning 14 blocks of downtown for the year 2100 to designing individual buildings within that plan.

SARC Faculty Show on display in Giles Gallery through Nov. 3

October 27th, 2014 Comments Off

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The “SARC Faculty Show,” featuring work by faculty in the School of Architecture, will remain on display through November 3 in the Gallery in Giles Hall.

To see the full list of TSD-sponsored exhibits this year, visit

First-year architecture studio visits Dallas, Fort Worth

October 27th, 2014 Comments Off

Via Assistant Professor Erik Herman

During the annual field trip week for the School of Architecture, first-year students traveled to Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

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MSU’s Carl Small Town Center to receive CIRD workshop funding

October 24th, 2014 Comments Off

Via Leah Barbour | MSU Public Affairs

When Chickasaw County community leaders contacted Mississippi State University’s Carl Small Town Center, they wanted to discuss ways to connect the Tanglefoot Trail to downtown Houston and the Natchez Trace Parkway.

The CSTC is the service and research arm of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, and the center works with officials, citizens and organizations to improve quality of life in towns throughout the Magnolia State, said Leah Kemp, CSTC assistant director.

Houston is the southernmost community along the Tanglefoot Trail, she explained. At present, the end of the 44-mile, rails-to-trails cycling/pedestrian pathway is a vacant lot, but Houston leaders want to change that.

“There is currently no way for cyclists to get from the trail to the nearby downtown or the Trace,” Kemp said.

CSTC leaders chose to apply for a competitive Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design workshop funding, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, because connecting Houston’s tourist attractions should boost tourism and benefit neighborhoods, Kemp said. In late July, the CSTC learned Houston was one of only four communities in the nation to receive the award, which will enable CSTC to host a rural design technical workshop this fall for the town.

“We and our partners in Houston recognize that this area has wonderful potential; we also recognize that this CIRD program will provide the necessary expertise that Houston needs,” she said.

The CIRD funding will fund a two-and-a-half day workshop in Houston, with CIRD providing design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000, according to CIRD officials. The CSTC-Houston team will receive additional training, both before and after the workshop, through conference calls, webinars and other web-based resources. Topics include community engagement, rural design, partnership development and workshop planning.

CIRD is a National Endowment for the Arts initiative that collaborates with the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Project for Public Spaces, Inc.; the Orton Family Foundation; and the CommunityMatters Partnership to sponsor design experts’ work in rural communities.

To qualify for the CIRD funding, towns must have populations fewer than 50,000; only two towns and two counties were selected. The Mississippi community is the only one in the Southeast, and it’s the smallest–only 3,562 residents. Other funding recipients are located in Franklin, New Hampshire; Oregon County, Missouri; and Lancaster County, Nebraska.

“The selected communities demonstrate rich potential for leveraging partnerships to take action on a wide range of rural design issues,” said Cynthia Nikitin, CIRD program director and senior vice president of project for Public Spaces, Inc. “Rural design is a valuable tool for citizens to use to build on existing assets and improve their community’s quality of life and long-term viability.

“The workshop will provide national experts in design-related fields that can help develop a tangible vision for how to connect the trail to the downtown, as well as provide a way that Houston can bring economic development to its town by capitalizing on the trail.”

For more information about the CSTC, visit

Learn more about CIRD at

Annual NOMAS Trashion Show set for Nov. 12

October 17th, 2014 Comments Off

The sixth annual NOMAS Trashion Show is set for Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall.

Put on by the School of Architecture, the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students and the MSU Fashion Board, this year’s “High Trashion-” themed show will feature designs created by students using recycled materials.

Past creations have been constructed out of bottle caps, bubble wrap, Coke cans, duct tape and more.

The third annual “Junk to Funk Sale” will start at 3 p.m. the day of the show. It is a profit sharing event for students who make custom products to sell them in the Giles Hall Gallery. For more information, visit

The Trashion Show and “Junk to Funk Sale” usually bring in 200-300 people.

Watch the video from last year’s show:

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For more information, contact Aryn Phillips, NOMAS president, at

Fourth-year architecture students explore Seattle

October 15th, 2014 Comments Off

Fourth-year architecture students sketch in the Seattle Public Library designed by OMA. (photo by Alexis Gregory)

Fourth-year architecture students sketch in the Seattle Public Library designed by OMA. (photo by Alexis Gregory)

Fourth-year architecture students wait to get into the Space Needle. (photo by Alexis Gregory)

Fourth-year architecture students wait to get into the Space Needle. (photo by Alexis Gregory)

Fourth-year architecture students explore the Seattle City Hall,designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.(photo by Alexis Gregory)

Fourth-year architecture students explore the Seattle City Hall designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. (photo by Alexis Gregory)

Fourth-year architecture students get a tour of St. Ignatius Chape,l designed by Steven Holl, from Friar Cob of Seattle University.(photo by Alexis Gregory)

Fourth-year architecture students get a tour of St. Ignatius Chapel, designed by Steven Holl, from Friar Cob of Seattle University. (photo by Alexis Gregory)

Students and faculty in the fourth-year architecture studio flew to Seattle, Wash., on Sept. 28 for the annual School of Architecture Field Trip.

Students visited the Seattle Space Needle, St. Ignatius Chapel, Seattle Public Library and Pike Place Market, among other architectural landmarks in the city.

Students were also treated to a tour of the offices of Olson Kundig Architects by firm principal Kirsten Murray.

School of Architecture professor takes on new role as Architect Licensing Advisor

October 15th, 2014 Comments Off

Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory

Alexis Gregory

Assistant Professor Alexis Gregory has taken over as the architect licensing advisor for the School of Architecture from John Poros, associate professor and director of the Carl Small Town Center.

Gregory will be working with students to advise them on how to reach their career goals and how to complete the Internship Development Program (IPD) and the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) conducted by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) so that students can become licensed architects after graduation.

More information about NCARB can be found at

School of Architecture director presents at University of Florida lecture series

October 14th, 2014 Comments Off


Michael Berk, director of the School of Architecture and F.L. Crane Professor, was invited to speak as part of the University of Florida’s fall 2014 School of Architecture Visiting Lecture series.

Berk was recently honored by the university at a ceremony on March 31, where he was presented the 2014 Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award.  During that visit, he also participated in the school’s Masters Research Projects (MRP) final presentations jury review with fellow critics Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Berk returned to the university on September 29 to present “Ecological Design and the Art of Pre-Fabrication” as part of the school’s lecture series, which includes four other distinguished speakers this semester.

Michael A. Berk, AIA, is the Director of the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University where he holds the F.L. Crane Endowed Professorship. He is a registered architect with an extensive practice as a design partner in the West Palm Beach firm (AOA) prior to his return to the academy. Berk teaches and researches in the areas of: Information Design and Factory-built Housing (GreenMobile®). He is considered by many to be an expert in the area of ecological design; recent lecture invitations include: Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Hearst Lecture Series Cal Poly; Rural Studio; and the National Building Museum. Berk has been responsible for more than $7 million in funded research. He was also a pioneer in design studio pedagogies; his Digital Nomads (1992) program created the first student-owned laptop requirement by ‘breaking the machine out of the traditional computer lab’ and placing it along-side power saws and drawing boards in the design studio, complementing traditional analog processes.

Giles Architecture Gallery 2014-2015 exhibition schedule

October 14th, 2014 Comments Off

newSARC Gallery Schedule Updated

School of Architecture, TSD to hold Faculty Exhibit reception

October 13th, 2014 Comments Off

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Tau Sigma Delta and the School of Architecture will host a reception on October 22 at 5:15 p.m. for the Faculty Exhibition, which will be on display in the Giles Gallery from October 15-November 3.

Work by the following faculty is featured in the exhibit:
Jassen Callender
John Poros
Jeff Roberson
Jacob Gines
Justin Taylor
Hans Herrmann
Michael Berk
Erik Herman

TSD member Taylor Yates is the student curator for the exhibit.

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