Bob and Kathy Luke Library Dedication set for October 7

September 19th, 2013 Comments Off on Bob and Kathy Luke Library Dedication set for October 7

Luke Library

Two Duvall Decker projects honored with Gulf States Awards

June 25th, 2013 Comments Off on Two Duvall Decker projects honored with Gulf States Awards

(from Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.)

Jackson architectural firm Duvall Decker Architects, P.A. took home two top regional design awards during the American Institute of Architects Gulf States Region Design Awards ceremony in Denver, Colo. The Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center at Tougloo College and the Oak Ridge House in Jackson were the only projects from Mississippi to be honored in the the regional program this year.

Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center, Tougaloo College (Photo Credit: Timothy Hursley)

Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center, Tougaloo College (Photo Credit: Timothy Hursley)

The Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center at Tougaloo College received an AIA Gulf States Honor Citation. The 27,000 square foot academic facility is a key project of the college’s master plan, which restores the spatial enclosure of the campus center, houses an art gallery, archive, lecture hall, classrooms, conference center and an on-campus office for Congressman Thompson.  Award jurors remarked the project “is a noble building that is well integrated with the campus,” and utilizes a “very effective site strategy that reinforces the campus form and structure.”

Oak Ridge House, Jackson (Photo Credit: Timothy Hursley)

Oak Ridge House, Jackson (Photo Credit: Timothy Hursley)

The Oak Ridge House was recognized with an AIA Gulf States Honor Award, the program’s top honor.  This private residence was designed to meet individual needs while encouraging the family to be together, to take advantage of Mississippi’s wonderful environment, to interact with friends and family, to have a private respite, to work at home, to be healthy and to be energy efficient.  This single family, three-bedroom home, with open living/dining space and detached screen porch and pool, is shaped to draw the outdoors in and lure the family outside.  The design comfortably accommodates daily living patterns and is durable and ecologically sensitive. Jurors identified this project as a “home of dignity and grace that is achieved in an understated way without a sense of struggling.” They noted that the home’s interiors are “spacious and simply have a delightful ‘southern-air’ about them.”

The professional Charleston, S.C., area jury awarded 16 projects selected from 120 entries, all from the five-state Gulf States region (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee).  The jurors noted that architects practicing in the region have similar sensibilities about culture and place, which they see as exciting and challenging opportunities to explore that culture and sense of place.

Anne Marie Decker is a 1994 graduate from the MSU School of Architecture.

Duvall Decker Architects earns national recognition

June 20th, 2013 Comments Off on Duvall Decker Architects earns national recognition

south facade of the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building design by Duvall Decker Architects, P.A. | Photo Credit: Mark Howell

South facade of the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building designed by Duvall Decker Architects, P.A. | Photo Credit: Mark Howell

(from Duvall Decker Architects, P.A.)

Designed by Jackson architectural firm Duvall Decker Architects, P.A., the Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building on the Jackson Campus of Hinds Community College has been recognized with an AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Award of Excellence. The award honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.

As one of seven projects chosen from 80 submissions, the project was reviewed by a panel of prominent professionals specializing in educational facility design.

Jurors commented, “(t)his simple and honest building with strong forms and an elegant façade shows that a few simple gestures can render a sense of identity to an otherwise nondescript campus. The rigorous use of materials, straightforward detailing and clarity of concept elevates the modest program to a new level. The jury admired the light, airy classrooms that combined the translucent, transparent, fixed and operable glazing.”

Jurors noted that all of the winning projects “exemplify innovation through the client’s educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process. In addition, connection to the site, surrounding campus, community and environment are evident in the design solutions.”

The building is on the Academic/Technical Center campus, one of six campuses of Hinds Community College, the largest community college in the state of Mississippi. Upon notification of the award, college president, Dr. Clyde Muse said, “I’ve never seen an architect get so much character out of a rectangle.”

The 2013 CAE Awards will be presented at a special reception during the AIA National Convention on June 20th, 2013, in Denver, Colo. Anne Marie Decker, a 1994 graduate from the MSU School of Architecture, will accept the award.

 Additional recognition
American-Architects is taking a state-by-state look at architecture in the United States for its 2013 Building of the Week feature. The e-magazine will present one recent project from each state in alphabetical order, from Alabama to Wyoming. Projects will be added every Monday for 50 weeks.

The Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building is the project chosen to represent Mississippi.

Click here to read the full email interview conducted by John Hill with American-Architects about the featured building.

Touchstone honored as 2012 Alumni Fellow

November 13th, 2012 Comments Off on Touchstone honored as 2012 Alumni Fellow

Bradley Tochstone accepts the award for 2012 Alumni Fellow from Dean Jim West. (Photo by Russ Houston | MSU University Relations)

Bradley C. Touchstone, AIA, was recently chosen to represent the College of Architecture, Art and Design in the MSU Alumni Association’s class of 2012 Alumni Fellows.

Touchstone, a 1992 graduate from the School of Architecture, has over 15 years of bridge design experience and has operated his own firm for the past 10 years. The founder and principal of Touchstone Architecture and Consulting, P. A., he has dedicated his career to the planning, design and construction of transportation projects worldwide.

The MSU alumnus has participated in a leadership role on some of the nation’s largest transportation projects including the $4 billion Columbia River Crossing in Portland, Ore., the $5 billion Detroit River International Crossing between the U.S. and Canada and the $245 million Christopher Bond Bridge in Kansas City, Mo. He has also worked on signature international projects including the A-25 Completion Project in Montreal, Canada, and the recently completed Saadiyat Bridge in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

The 2012 Alumni Fellow has given hundreds of presentations and lectures on transportation-related subjects. He has taught at the Florida A&M School of Architecture and was a featured speaker at the International Bridge Conference.

His work has been published both nationally and internationally in publications such as Architectural Digest, Bridge Design and Engineering International, Roads and Bridges, Florida and Caribbean Architect and Engineering News Record.

Touchstone and the eight other 2012 Alumni Fellows will be honored on campus Nov. 15-17 in conjunction with the MSU vs. Arkansas football game.

Check out the story about the Alumni Fellows in Alumnus magazine on Page 42!

Pryor & Morrow announces registration of Taylor, Daniel

September 21st, 2012 Comments Off on Pryor & Morrow announces registration of Taylor, Daniel

From The Dispatch:

Michael Taylor has been with Pryor & Morrow Architects and Engineers, P.A. since 2003 and completed his professional degree in 2009. He is originally from Central Arkansas and currently resides in Caledonia.

He joined Pryor & Morrow in 2003 while pursuing his degree. Taylor has been project manager for various projects including: The Wise Center Exterior Renovation, Necropsy Renovation and Verner G. Hurt Research and Extension Building for Mississippi State University, and The Tennessee Williams Home Renovation located in downtown Columbus for the Columbus Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

He graduated from Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture.

Stephens Daniel has been on staff at Pryor & Morrow since 2010 and completed his professional degree in June 2005.

He is originally from Petal and a current resident of Tupelo. He joined Pryor & Morrow Architects and Engineers’ in 2010 and specializes in financial, residential, educational building design, and manages projects for BancorpSouth.

Registered architects are responsible for accommodating client needs, following building and life-safety codes and administrating the construction process. Local building departments often require that buildings of a certain size or complexity be designed by a registered architect.

He graduated from Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture.

A person seeking to become a registered architect in Mississippi must obtain a professional degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, must complete the three-year Intern Development Program (IDP) and must pass all seven components of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).

Architecture student in Starkville Daily News

August 22nd, 2012 Comments Off on Architecture student in Starkville Daily News

Chelsea Pierce, a third-year student in the School of Architecture at MSU, received a company-endowed scholarship from Richard M. Dean, AIA, President of Dean and Dean/Associates Architects, P.A.

See the photo from the Starkville Daily News on Aug. 21.

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