MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design Names Interdisciplinary Design Competition Student Team Winners

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Members of the winning team of the recent Brasfield & Gorrie LLC student design competition within MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design are pictured with representatives from Brasfield and Gorrie. Left to right, front row: Richard Brooks, Brasfield & Gorrie preconstruction manager; Isaiah Brooking, Brasfield & Gorrie associate director of virtual design and construction; Sydney Macmann, interior design, Diamondhead; Caroline Prather, architecture, Clinton; Anna Kathryn Watson, interior design, Shannon; Sonsireth Di Geronimo, interior design, Starkville; Emily Young, interior design, Somerville, Tennessee; Max Cook, Brasfield & Gorrie assistant director of virtual design and construction; and Parker Cain, director of virtual design and construction for Brasfield & Gorrie; left to right, back row: Heath Greenlee, building construction science, Columbia; Connor Bailey, Building Construction Science, Madison; Lucas Elder, architecture, Starkville; John Morrow, building science, Tuscumbia, Alabama; Patrick Haggerty, building construction science, 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 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

Honorable mention to the team members of the recent Brasfield & Gorrie LLC student design competition
Members of the honorable mention team from the recent Brasfield & Gorrie LLC student design competition within MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design include, left to right: Matt Spurgeon, building science of buildings, Jackson, Tennessee; Jake Herrington, architecture, Louisville; Elizabeth Gallagher, building science, Greenwood; Rachel Bozeman, interior design, Hazlehurst; Raden Burris, building science, Clinton; and Claire Iupe, interior design, Madison; left to right: Matthew White, building science, Navarre, Florida; Tyler Pipkins, architecture, Demopolis, Alabama; Jack Minges, building science, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Aidan Taylor, interior design, Red Banks. (Photo by Grace Cockrell)

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

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