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 like they might expect in 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’s architecture, building science, and interior design majors simulate real-life design processes.
The mission “seeks to engage individual disciplines in collective design and construction solutions” and “integrates the principles of sustainability, innovation and LEED construction”.
For this year’s assignment, students were asked to design and create a renovation and construction plan for an existing MSU building with the goal of utilizing the space for the new Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation at the University. ‘university. Ten teams recently made their final presentations to Brasfield & Gorrie representatives 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 that these industries have become increasingly integrated and that customers are now demanding integrated product delivery. It is also a better business model when it comes to taking a project from the conceptual planning phase, through design, construction, and down to interior design details, such as lighting. Projects have the best results when design and construction professionals work together from day one,” said Bourgeois.
Brasfield & Gorrie is a Birmingham, Alabama-based construction company that provides general contracting, design-build and construction management services to a wide range of clients. Bourgeois said the company has been a longtime partner of the MSU college and has provided important guidance as changing industry trends warrant updates to teaching methodology.
“Brasfield & Gorrie spoke to us about the importance of respective professionals working together, when traditionally each industry was more isolated,” Bourgeois said. She explained that the student design competition is a convenient way to prepare students for best practices, and Brasfield & Gorrie employees listen to final presentations and offer feedback, along with competition winners.
Members of the winning team include (by hometown):
CLINTON—Caroline Prather, architecture
COLUMBIA—Heath Greenlee, building construction science
DIAMONDHEAD—Sydney Macmann, interior design
FRANKLIN, Tennessee—Ethan Harvey, architecture
MADISON—Connor Bailey, building science
SHANNON—Anna Kathryn Watson, interior design
SOMERVILLE, TN—Emily Young, interior design
SPRING, Texas—Patrick Haggerty, building science
STARKVILLE—Lucas Elder, architecture; and Sonsireth Di Geronimo, interior design
TUSCUMBIA, Alabama—John Morrow, building construction science
Members of the honorable mention team include (by hometown):
CLINTON—Raden Burris, building construction science
DEMOPOLIS, Alabama—Tyler Pipkins, architecture
GREENWOOD—Elizabeth Gallagher, building science
HAZLEHURST—Rachel Bozeman, interior design
JACKSON, Tennessee—Matt Spurgeon, building science
LOUISVILLE—Jake Herrington, architecture
MADISON—Claire Iupe, interior design
NAVARRE, Fla.—Matthew White, building science
RED BANKS—Aidan Taylor, Interior Design
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama—Jack Minges, building science
Learn more about MSU’s College of Architecture, Art, and Design at www.caad.msstate.edu.
MSU is the main university in Mississippi, available online at www.msstate.edu.