Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio builds Boy Scout cabin

December 19th, 2016 Comments Off on Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio builds Boy Scout cabin

MSU Fall 2016 Collaborative Studio - Boy Scout Cabin BUILD time lapse from CAADatMSU on Vimeo.

Final model of the Boy Scout cabin from CAADatMSU on Vimeo. (Model by Honors students: Daniel Ruff and Abby Jackson) The fall 2016 Collaborative Tectonics Studio, which consisted of second-year students studying architecture (41 students) and building construction science (40 students), spent the semester building a cabin for the Hood Boy Scout Reservation in Hazelhurst, Miss., approximately 180 miles from the MSU main campus in Starkville.

Architecture faculty members for the studio included Associate Professor Hans Herrmann, Briar Jones (visiting practitioner) and Associate Professor John Poros.

Building construction science faculty included Lee Carson, lecturer, and Visiting Assistant Professor Mohammed Mawlana, Ph.D. 

Herrmann, who served as studio coordinator and project P.I., worked closley with Larry Cagle, field director and lead contact for the Hood Reservation for the project. He also worked closely with School of Architecture alumnus and architect John McBride with the Boy Scouts. 

Additional Boy Scout supports/sponsors for the project included: Andrew Jackson, Council Tony Haines, Scout Executive/ CEO Dr. Steve Zachow, Council Executive Board President Property and Maintenance Committee: Billy Boykin Robby Bush Ken Echols Stephen Heard Joe Lewis Tim Rooks Charlie Smith Col. David Smith Steve Smith Joe Stamper Jim Ulmer

The project was funded by the Boy Scouts with a partial match by the School of Architecture and College of Architecture, Art and Design. 

Students present their final projects. (images via Hans Herrmann) 

Aside from the prototype Steep Slope Cabin (referring to the typical hillside site condition the cabins are designed to fit on) that students built in the first half of the term, each student also generated an individual proposal for a second prototype cabin.

Master planning a second grouping of 16 cabins, or what's known as a “village” on the reservation, these cabins were designed to accommodate a different user group for corporate retreat style events. (Above images show students presenting these projects at the final review).

See some of the students' final portfolios, which outline their final project in assembly sequence drawings: Abby Jackson Portfolio Maria Ory Portfolio Daniel Ruff Portfolio

MSU faculty honored by American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter

December 13th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU faculty honored by American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University Three faculty members in Mississippi State’s School of Architecture are receiving statewide honors for their role in advancing the architecture profession. Associate professors John Poros, Hans Herrmann and Alexis Gregory were formally recognized by the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter during the organization’s recent Public, Design, Community and Membership Awards Celebration at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. The AIA MS awards programs recognize extraordinary efforts and achievements to encourage excellence and elevate the engagement of architecture within Mississippi. For more, visit http://aiamississippi.org.
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Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture John Poros, right, accepts a Community Service Membership Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. Presenting the honor were, from left, AIA MS President John Beard and Secretary/Treasurer Brian Cabunac. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

Specifically, Poros is a 2016 recipient of the AIA MS Community Service Membership Award, honoring his commitment to fostering sustainable rural development throughout the state of Mississippi. He is past director of the Carl Small Town Center, a community design and outreach component of MSU’s School of Architecture. The center is nationally recognized with awards from the AIA, as well as the American Planning Association.
Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture Hans Herrmann, center, accepts a Merit Design Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. Pictured with Herrmann are Jim West, dean of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, left, and AIA MS President John Beard. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture Hans Herrmann, center, accepts a Merit Design Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. Pictured with Herrmann are Jim West, dean of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, left, and AIA MS President John Beard. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

Herrmann also accepted an AIA MS Merit Design Award for the MSU Golf Course Storm Shelters Project, a collaborative effort between second-year students of the College of Architecture, Art and Design’s School of Architecture and building construction science academic program. The work was completed during the 2014 fall semester collaborative studio, coordinated by Herrmann and Assistant Professor Emily McGlohn of the architecture school, along with Assistant Professor Tom Leathem and Lecturer Lee Carson of building construction science and Assistant Professor Peter Summerlin of the landscape architecture department.
Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture Alexis Gregory, center, accepts an Education Commendation Membership Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. AIA MS Secretary/Treasurer Brian Cabunac, left, and President John Beard presented the award on behalf of the organization. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

Mississippi State Associate Professor of Architecture Alexis Gregory, center, accepts an Education Commendation Membership Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Mississippi Chapter. AIA MS Secretary/Treasurer Brian Cabunac, left, and President John Beard presented the award on behalf of the organization. (Photo courtesy of BarrettPhotography.com)

In recognition of her role in encouraging excellence in architectural education within the state, the AIA MS Chapter also presented Alexis Gregory with its Education Commendation Membership Award. “The School of Architecture is incredibly proud of its faculty accomplishments and acknowledgements within the professional community,” said Michael Berk, director for the School of Architecture and F.L. Crane Endowed Professor.  “Winning AIA awards demonstrates that we are not only engaged in high-level academic activities with our research and students, but also value the practice of architecture and its outreach within our state, region and the nation.” The nationally accredited School of Architecture in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design offers the only curriculum in the state leading to a professional degree in architecture. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu. MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

School of Architecture holds fall 2016 semester Final Reviews

December 8th, 2016 Comments Off on School of Architecture holds fall 2016 semester Final Reviews

Final Reviews for MSU architecture students were recently held in Starkville for first through fourth-year and in Jackson for fifth-year students.

The final project for the first-year architecture studio was to design and build a chair for listening. Over the course of the two final weeks of the semester, students worked in teams of two to create a full-size proposal for a chair made only of wood and cardboard to be sited on the Giles Hall grand stair. The final review was held on Mon., Nov. 21. Professors: Francie Hankins, George Martin, Andrew Tripp

Second-year
architecture students in the Collaborative Studio with Building Construction Science students spent the semester building a sleeping shelter prototype for the Hood Boy Scout Reservation in Jackson. Their final project assignment was to design and model a luxury sleeping shelter for camp councilors or corporate retreats. Individuals were asked to design trusses that would accommodate a skylight, then come up with a comprehensive design around it, keeping passive notions in mind. Their final review was held on Mon., Nov. 28. Professors: Hans Herrmann, Briar Jones, John Poros (architecture); Lee Carson, Mohammed Mawlana, Ph.D. (building construction science)

Third-year
students presented their final projects on Tues., Nov. 29. The project was to design multi-family housing in Chicago, Ill. Professors: Fred Esenwein, Ph.D.; Alexis Gregory; Justin Taylor

The final reviews for fourth-year students were held on Wed., Nov. 30. Students in Professor Jacob Gines's studio showcased design proposals for a new mass-timber mid-rise commercial building in Jackson. Students in Professor Emily McGlohn's studio designed affordable houses to be placed in the master plan for Eastmoor Estates, a neighborhood near Moorehead.

Fifth-year reviews were held on Nov. 18 and 19 before students headed out for their annual field trip study abroad to Rome.

MSU School of Architecture to host TIMBR exhibit, student design award reception

December 5th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU School of Architecture to host TIMBR exhibit, student design award reception

image001 new By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University Mississippi State’s School of Architecture is hosting a Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined (TIMBR) exhibit and student design award reception Wednesday [Dec. 7] on the Starkville campus. Free to all, the 6-7 p.m. reception will be held in the Architecture Gallery at Giles Hall, home to the university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. Light refreshments will be served. Undergraduate students from MSU Assistant Professor of Architecture Jacob A. “Jake” Gines’ fourth-year architecture wood-based design studio will showcase design proposals for a new mass-timber mid-rise commercial building in Jackson. Designed for the Mississippi Forestry Association, the proposals incorporate innovative mass-timber technologies, such as Cross-Laminated Timber. For more, visit http://tinyurl.com/MSUArchTIMBRstudio. Support for the TIMBR studio was provided by internationally recognized nonprofit Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., the Mississippi Forestry Foundation, and Weyerhaeuser, among other industry partners. For complete details on the TIMBR studio, visit the above-mentioned website or contact Gines at 662-325-0094 or jgines@caad.msstate.edu.

Harrison Lecture includes ‘Design Build Dual’

November 14th, 2016 Comments Off on Harrison Lecture includes ‘Design Build Dual’

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(Photos by Zachary Henry)
Speakers from two firms presented the Harrison Lecture on Nov. 11 from 3-5 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium. Jesus Robles and Cade Hayes of DUST Design/Build and Jeffrey Day of Min Day Architects presented "Design Build Dual: Comparative Practices for Design/Build." A reception was held in their honor following the presentations. Two LU/HSW AIA Continuing Education credits were provided. The Harrison Lecture Series is sponsored through a generous gift by Freda Wallace Harrison and Dr. Robert V.M. Harrison, FAIA, FCSI. For more information, caad.msstate.edu/sarc/lectureseries.

MSU student selected for architectural research fellowship

November 14th, 2016 Comments Off on MSU student selected for architectural research fellowship

Prabhu_Omkar_20161027_R3H7592 By Addison Arledge | Mississippi State University A Mississippi State senior is the latest selection for the Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Omkar H. Prabhu, a Mumbai, India, native currently residing in Starkville, is the third architecture major at the university to be honored with the recently established recognition. His research with Method Studio, a Utah-based architectural design firm, will be supervised by Jacob Gines, an assistant professor in MSU’s School of Architecture who also is Method Studio’s research and design vice president. Maria Degtyareva of Starkville and Novosibirks, Russia, and Edward Holmes V of Decatur were previous MSU Method Fellows. “This research relationship provides incredible educational and applied research experiences for our students,” said Michael Berk, F.L. Crane Professor and director of MSU’s School of Architecture. “This out-of-state connection and support is a validation and testament to the talents of our faculty and students.” Located in Salt Lake City, Method Studio specializes in creative solutions that allow collaborations between clients and professional designers. For more about the firm, visit www.method-studio.com. MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Trash transformed into fashion at MSU Trashion Show

November 10th, 2016 Comments Off on Trash transformed into fashion at MSU Trashion Show

Video via Justin Taylor The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), in collaboration with MSU fashion design and merchandising students, worked together to design custom outfits made of recycled goods and modeled by MSU’s Fashion Board. This year's Trashion Show, held onWed., Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall, had a theme of “Diametric Parallels” and encouraged designers to discover something common between two seemingly opposite materials. The event had a great turn out and all of the pieces shown were each unique in their own way.

Trash to be transformed into fashion at MSU Trashion Show

November 8th, 2016 Comments Off on Trash to be transformed into fashion at MSU Trashion Show

Mississippi State’s eighth annual NOMAS Trashion Show will be held Nov. 9 at Giles Hall. (Photo by Taylor Howell)

Mississippi State’s eighth annual NOMAS Trashion Show will be held Nov. 9 at Giles Hall. (Photo by Taylor Howell)

By Addison Arledge | Mississippi State University Trash is “in” at Mississippi State University’s eighth annual Trashion Show. Free and open to the public, the event takes place Wednesday [Nov. 9] at 7 p.m. in Giles Hall. The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), in collaboration with MSU fashion design and merchandising students, will work to design custom outfits made of recycled goods and modeled by MSU’s Fashion Board. The event’s theme, “Diametric Parallels,” encourages designers to discover something common between two seemingly opposite materials. Past creations have been assembled from bottle caps, straws, soda cans, newspaper, playing cards and more. “It’s a creative look at design elements with the incorporation of unconventional materials that promote sustainability,” said Diondria Bingham, senior architecture major from Pearl who is serving as NOMAS president. For questions or further information about the show, contact Bingham at dmb514@msstate.edu MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

CAAD hosts elementary students from Saltillo

November 1st, 2016 Comments Off on CAAD hosts elementary students from Saltillo

The MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design hosted a field trip for Ms. Ginger Summers's Discovery classes at Saltillo Primary School. The class visited Professor Robert Long in the ceramics studio for a tour of the facilities, including the glazing process and kiln. The group was also treated to demonstrations, and several students were able to get their hands dirty and make pinch pots with the clay. The students also toured the School of Architecture in Giles Hall and did several hands-on projects with current students, including making chairs out of giant blocks, construction paper houses and competing to see which group could put together a 3D puzzle house first. The visit concluded with a trip to the Depot Art Gallery's current exhibit, “Peri Schwartz: Paintings • Drawings • Prints," and lunch in The Junction.  

Reception held for TSD’s ‘International Viewfinds’ exhibit

October 26th, 2016 Comments Off on Reception held for TSD’s ‘International Viewfinds’ exhibit

The reception for the School of Architecture's "International Viewfinds" exhibit was held by Tau Sigma Delta and took place at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 24.
(Images by Kelsey Brownlee)

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