Professor Hans Herrmann to deliver opening lecture at Clemson

February 7th, 2013 Comments Off on Professor Hans Herrmann to deliver opening lecture at Clemson

Hans Herrmann, professor in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, has been invited to give the opening lecture of this spring’s lecture series at Clemson University, Southern Roots + Global Reach.

The school is celebrating a century of architecture at Clemson, and Herrmann be speaking on Feb. 8th.

His lecture, “Opportunist[eth]ic” will cover his professional development over the past 10 years and how opportunism and ethics have had an influence on his design and teaching.

Bill Polk honored as CAAD Alumnus of the Year

February 4th, 2013 Comments Off on Bill Polk honored as CAAD Alumnus of the Year

Bill Polk receives his award from Dean Jim West on Feb. 1, 2013

William L. “Bill” Polk, III AIA, CSI, LEED AP, was selected as this year’s Alumnus of the Year for the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

As a child, Polk was always designing house plans. Now, almost twenty-nine years since his graduation from the Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture in 1984, Polk is still enjoying architecture – now as a principal at Richard Wittschiebe Hand in downtown Atlanta, Ga.

“It’s always a source of great pride to see a finished building that you were involved in designing that people love,” he said.

Richard Wittschiebe Hand was selected as the Georgia AIA Firm of the Year for 2011, and Polk and his firm are currently doing work for the Atlanta airport. They are helping to reorganize some of the gates and will potentially be doing conceptual work involving airport transportation, including parking decks and pedestrian crossings.

Since graduation, the alumnus has stayed connected with the School of Architecture. He currently serves on the Advisory Council and was heavily involved in planning his class’s 25-year reunion.

“It was a great success,” he said. “So much fun.”

The gathering was also used as a way to honor the passing of one of his classmates, Sheila Jackson. Polk helped raise about $1,200 that was used to purchase books in Jackson’s name for the library.

Polk was honored for his award with events on campus from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.

“It was an unexpected selection, but I’m extremely honored and proud to be recognized by the college and the university,” he said.

During the visit, Polk was able to sit in on project reviews for the Habitat for Humanity Prototype House course, where students are working with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to design houses.

“It’s exciting to see that happening,” said Polk. “They are working with real clients with real issues.”

He left some advice for current architecture students – get involved.

“For someone who they know architecture is their calling, the best way to make an impact is to get involved in your community; use your design knowledge to affect the way things change.”

Read the article about the Alumni of the Year in the Starkville daily news | Feb. 4, 2013

Columbus architect Sam Kaye dies at 72

January 7th, 2013 Comments Off on Columbus architect Sam Kaye dies at 72

Samuel Harvey “Sam” Kaye, 72, of Columbus, passed away Tue., Jan. 1, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Columbus. Services were held Jan. 5, 2013, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Read the obituary.

School of Architecture alumna Belinda Stewart sponsors internship for Carl Small Town Center

December 6th, 2012 Comments Off on School of Architecture alumna Belinda Stewart sponsors internship for Carl Small Town Center

Belinda Stewart, front, and her team of fourteen employees at Belinda Stewart Architects, PA, have the goal of helping small towns figure out how they can have a viable future.

Belinda Stewart didn’t know much about the field of architecture growing up.

“I didn’t even know how to spell it,” she laughed.

That all changed, however, when the then-Associate Dean of the School of Architecture at Mississippi Sate University, James F. Barker, paid a visit to Stewart’s high school in Eupora to explain what architecture was.

“It blew me away,” she said, explaining that she had always enjoyed traipsing around after her grandfather, a carpenter, and loved to hear about how areas – especially buildings – had changed over time.

So, Stewart decided to give architecture a try and enrolled at Mississippi State.

It was there that she discovered her true passion after an assignment she received from Dr. Michael Fazio, her professor of architecture history.

“He assigned a report to us to discover and research something you are excited about to do with historic architecture,” she said, “something you want to be ‘an expert in.’”

Stewart chose to define the early historic architecture and how buildings evolved in her home of Webster County.

“I think’s that’s what really fired me up with these small towns,” she said, explaining that she discovered many of the buildings in Webster County were pre-Civil War. “It’s amazing that those structures are still there. It was exciting to learn about them.”

Encouraged by her interest in historical architecture of small towns, Stewart did her fifth-year thesis project on the study of vernacular architecture – specifically looking at why buildings evolved the way they did and the impact this knowledge could have on current design.

“I think that was an incredible base for an architect – knowing why things evolved in this area,” she said. “It’s just a great base to have.”

In fact, Stewart, the founder of Belinda Stewart Architects, PA, said she would like to encourage more of that type of study at the School of Architecture and has established the Belinda Stewart Architects Internship to help.

“The School of Architecture is set in Mississippi – in the middle of incredible richness of design and architecture – a lot of which is in our small towns,” Stewart said. “Having the opportunity to know those structures and know why they evolved the way they did and why they were designed that way can make them a stronger architect. Whether they go on to practice that type of architecture or not, I think more and more people need to have the knowledge of what’s around them.”

Stewart’s gift will support the competitive hiring of a student to join the staff of the Carl Small Town Center. The internship will afford an outstanding architecture student the opportunity to engage in design research and outreach efforts on behalf of small towns throughout the state, while honing their own design skills and gaining professional experience.

“There is so much need for small communities in the state,” said Stewart. “The economic base is not there any more for so many of them, and the vision has kind of been lost because the town’s base has been lost. Our goal is to help towns relook at themselves and, more importantly, to learn to appreciate what they have … what makes them unique and what makes them special.

Stewart and her team of fourteen employees have the goal of helping small towns figure out how they can have a viable future.

“Our philosophy is there’s always a way, and it’s just about helping them find that way,” she said. “Those are the kind of tools I think would be incredibly powerful for an intern … to go into communities and learn how to help them find that way.”

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