Carl Small Town Center fellow selected for prestigious Japanese young professionals program

September 11th, 2015 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center fellow selected for prestigious Japanese young professionals program



Emily Roush-Elliott, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow with Mississippi State’s Carl Small Town Center, has been selected to participate in the The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Program in Osaka, Japan. Roush-Elliot is one of several young professionals around the world selected to participate in this year’s week-long program in September.

Since 1981, the Junior Chamber International Osaka has been inviting 5-10 young people each year who work in a variety of fields all over the world “to encourage mutual understanding and communications beyond national frameworks.” At TOYP, participants discuss, learn and encourage each other on a variety of subjects and learn about Japanese culture.

“I am honored to be selected to participate in TOYP 2015,” said Roush-Elliot. “I am particularly excited about the Designing Society for Equity theme this year. Utilizing design thinking to respond the globe’s most complex social equity challenges is at the core of my work and the work of the organizations I am a part of. I am confident that TOYP will advance my thinking and provide invaluable connections that I can bring back to Mississippi.”

Roush-Elliot will add to the 187 who have attended since the program’s start, including special guests such as Steve Wozniak, the co-Founder of Apple; former presidential aide Roger B. Porter; and Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity. See a full list of past attendees.

Greg G. Hall, associate dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design, participated in TOYP in 1994, and described the program as a valuable opportunity to discuss critical issues with colleagues from around the world as well as Japanese business leaders.

“We’re excited that Emily has been invited to participate. Her experience as an architect and her work with the college’s Carl Small Town Center in the Mississippi Delta will provide an especially important viewpoint.”

Roush-Elliot, who holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University, began working as a Rose Fellow with the Carl Small Town Center in January 2013 and has been leading the Baptist Town Neighborhood Reinvestment project. During her tenure, she has worked to plan and build a park, playground, streetscapes, signage and community events, as well as open a community center in the Delta community. Additionally, her multi-disciplinary team completed an eleven-unit modular affordable housing project in which low-income families were able to purchase new homes from the Greenwood-Leflore Fuller Center for Housing, utilizing 15-year, 0% interest mortgages.

The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship offers a select few of the nation’s finest, early career architects the opportunity for first-hand training and experience in sustainable community design work. Mississippi State’s Carl Small Town Center – a research center in the College of Architecture, Art and Design – was one of just four national organizations to receive an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow in 2012.

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