Architecture alumnus gives back to alma mater

December 4th, 2012 Comments Off on Architecture alumnus gives back to alma mater

Alumnus Ted Porter presented the award money to the School of Architecture on Nov. 30 in Starkville and also served as a guest juror for fourth-year student final reviews. (photo by Beth Wynn | MSU University Relations)

Ted Porter may be a long way from home, but that hasn’t stopped him from staying connected to his Mississippi roots.

Porter, principal at Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects in New York, recently won the Brick Industry Association (Southeast Region) Design Award for a project he created in his hometown of New Albany. The award is given each year to an architect who uses brick in a notable way.

Porter designed a house to fill a vacant lot in downtown New Albany, and he is now leasing out the home.

“The idea was to fill a missing tooth,” he said.

The Brick Industry Association Award came with a $2,000 scholarship that Porter could designate to an institution of his choice.

“Of course I chose the Mississippi State University School of Architecture,” he said, but his giving didn’t end there.

Porter said he was recently talking to Jim West, the dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, about how some students don’t have the means to be able to travel, so he decided to set up a scholarship for that purpose.

“I think it’s really important that everyone has the same opportunity for travel in the school,” he said. “It’s good to be able to see great works of architecture, and often that means traveling to far, fun places. Architecture can’t truly be represented in books and online.”

Porter named the travel scholarship after an art history professor he had while studying at Mississippi State, Paul Grootkerk.

“He opened a lot of interests for me that I’ve enjoyed pursing for the last 35 years or so.” Porter said. “I think it’s good to recognize professors who have an influence on you.”

Porter presented the award money to the School of Architecture on Nov. 30 in Starkville and also served as a guest juror for fourth-year student final reviews.

 Read the article by Leah Barbour on MSU’s website.

Read the article in the New Albany News-Exchange.

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