MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design names student teams as winners of an interdisciplinary design competition


Contact: Allison Matthews

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The winning team from the recent Brasfield & Gorrie LLC student design competition at MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design are pictured with representatives from Brasfield and Gorrie. From left, front row: Richard Brooks, Chief Preconstruction Manager of Brasfield & Gorrie; Isaiah Brooking, assistant virtual design and construction manager for Brasfield & Gorrie; Sydney Macmann, interior design, Diamondhead; Caroline Prather, Architecture, Clinton; Anna Kathryn Watson, Interior Designer, Shannon; Sonsireth Di Geronimo, interior design, Starkville; Emily Young, Interior Designer, Somerville, Tennessee; Max Cook, Brasfield & Gorrie, Assistant Virtual Design and Construction Supervisor; and Parker Cain, Brasfield & Gorrie Virtual Design and Construction Manager; from left, back row: Heath Greenlee, Structural Science, Columbia; Connor Bailey, Civil Engineering, Madison; Lucas Elder, Architecture, Starkville; John Morrow, Civil Engineering, Tuscumbia, Alabama; Patrick Haggerty, Civil Engineering, Spring, Texas; and Ethan Harvey, Architecture, Franklin, Tennessee. (Photo by Grace Cockrell)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi – A comprehensive student team project at the Mississippi State College of Architecture, Art and Design helps seniors mirror professional client projects as they might expect as graduates in their respective fields.

The annual Brasfield & Gorrie LLC Student Design Competition is an interdisciplinary competition in which teams of students from MSU majors in architecture, structural engineering, and interior design simulate real-world design processes.

The mission “strives to engage the individual disciplines in collective design and construction solutions” and “incorporates sustainability, innovation and LEED building principles”.

For this year’s assignment, students were asked to design and create a renovation and construction plan for an existing MSU building to use the space for the university’s new Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation. Ten teams recently gave their final presentations to representatives from Brasfield & Gorrie and MSU faculty.

CAAD Dean Angi Elsea Bourgeois said the intensive project at the start of the students’ fourth year aligns with one of the college’s main goals – collaboration.

“We know these industries are becoming more integrated and customers are now demanding integrated product delivery. This is also a better business model when it comes to taking a project from the conceptual planning phase through design, construction to interior design details such as lighting. Projects achieve the best results when design and engineering professionals work together from day one,” said Bourgeois.

Brasfield & Gorrie is a construction company based in Birmingham, Alabama that provides general contractor, design-build and construction management services to a wide range of clients. Bourgeois said the company has been a long-time partner with MSU College and has provided important guidance as changing industry trends require updates to teaching methodology.

“Brasfield & Gorrie told us about the importance of each industry working together when traditionally each industry has been more isolated,” said Bourgeois. She explained that the student design competition is a practical way to prepare students for best practices, and Brasfield & Gorrie staff listen to the final presentations, provide feedback and select the competition winners.

Winning team members include (by hometown):

CLINTON—Caroline Prather, architecture

COLUMBIA—Heath Greenlee, Civil Engineering

DIAMONDHEAD – Sydney Macmann, interior design

FRANKLIN, Tennessee – Ethan Harvey, Architecture

MADISON – Connor Bailey, Civil Engineering

SHANNON – Anna Kathryn Watson, interior design

SOMERVILLE, Tennessee – Emily Young, interior design

SPRING, Texas – Patrick Haggerty, Civil Engineering

STARKVILLE – Lucas Elder, architecture; and Sonsireth Di Geronimo, interior design

TUSCUMBIA, Alabama – John Morrow, Civil Engineering

Team members with honorable mentions from the recent Brasfield & Gorrie LLC student design competition at MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design include, front left: Matt Spurgeon, Civil Engineering, Jackson, Tennessee; Jake Herrington, architecture, Louisville; Elizabeth Gallagher, Civil Engineering, Greenwood; Rachel Bozeman, Interior Designer, Hazlehurst; Raden Burris, Civil Engineering, Clinton; and Claire Iupe, Interior Designer, Madison; from left, back: Matthew White, Structural Science, Navarre, Florida; Tyler Pipkins, Architecture, Demopolis, Alabama; Jack Minges, Civil Engineering, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Aidan Taylor, Interior Designer, Red Banks. (Photo by Grace Cockrell)

Team members with honorable mentions include (by hometown):

CLINTON – Raden Burris, Civil Engineering

DEMOPOLIS, Alabama—Tyler Pipkins, Architecture

GREENWOOD – Elizabeth Gallagher, Civil Engineering

HAZLEHURST – Rachel Bozeman, interior design

JACKSON, Tennessee – Matt Spurgeon, Civil Engineering

LOUISVILLE – Jake Herrington, architecture

MADISON – Claire Iupe, interior design

NAVARRE, Fla. – Matthew White, Civil Engineering

RED BANKS – Aidan Taylor, interior design

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Jack Minges, Civil Engineering

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