Four faculty members in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design recently received national awards for their exemplary work in architectural education.
School of Architecture associate professors Hans Herrmann and Alexis Gregory and assistant professor Emily McGlohn, along with Building Construction Science assistant professor Michele Herrmann, were formally recognized with two Architectural Education Awards by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture during the organization’s 105th annual meeting in Detroit, Michigan.
The ACSA Architectural Education Awards honor architectural educators who excel in building design, community collaborations, scholarship and service. In addition to inspiring and challenging students, these individuals contribute to the profession’s knowledge base and extend their work beyond the borders of academy into practice and the public sector. For more, visit www.acsa-arch.org.
Gregory received a Diversity Achievement Award for her project “Learn & Grow: An Educational Garden for the Boys & Girls Club.” Students in MSU’s School of Architecture; Department of Art; Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion; Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education; MSU Horticulture Club; and Department of Philosophy and Religion joined forces with the Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle-Starkville. The group designed and constructed an educational garden at the nonprofit organization’s facility. Local and national companies and community members provided support for the project.“It is truly a remarkable feat and a testament to the quality of our faculty in the School of Architecture to receive two of these prestigious faculty awards from ACSA, let alone one award,” said Michael Berk, director of MSU’s School of Architecture and F.L. Crane Endowed Professor. “In the past few years, very few of the 120 accredited architecture programs in North America have been as successful as our faculty.”
The Herrmanns and McGlohn were recognized with a shared Practice and Leadership Award for their collaborative effort “Integrated Project Delivery Theater.”
Seeking to improve the teaching of collaborative skills as a foreground for collaborative practice, the MSU team led a two-day interactive symposium for nearly 80 third- and fourth-year architecture and building construction science students. The students actively engaged in exercises exploring six topics—process, team formation, communication, compensation, risk and agreements—deemed by the American Institute of Architecture as central to integrated project delivery.Sponsored by the Architecture and Construction Alliance, the project was a joint venture between MSU’s School of Architecture and Building Construction Science program.
For a detailed overview of both projects, visit http://www.acsa-arch.org/programs-events/awards/archives/2017-architectural-education-award-winners.
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.
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