Contact: Allison Matthews
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 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
Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design at www.caad.msstate.edu.
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