Dean Jim West,AIA
The College of Architecture, Art, and Design is dedicated to helping students develop skills and understanding in all areas of making, from individual pieces of artwork and graphic communication, through interior spaces, buildings, and entire communities. Learning occurs within a studio context consisting of a rigorous methodology involving process, critique, iteration, production, and representation. The development of foundational skills as the basis for innovation enables students to cultivate individual philosophies that uphold the highest standards of architecture, art, design, and construction.
The making of artifacts and the places we inhabit – where we live and work, the things we enjoy, the art that enriches our lives, and the ways we communicate graphically – have long been important. The time in which we now live has brought a particular level of criticality and urgency.
The College of Architecture, Art, and Design at Mississippi State is a recognized leader in all of our disciplines. The faculty and students are being recognized for their achievements in all of the areas in which the college is engaged.
Each year, the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship selects four architectural interns nationally to receive a three-year fellowship in sustainable community design. The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, one of the research centers housed in the School of Architecture, had two interns selected as Rose Fellows this past year. In addition, the Carl Small Town Center was selected to receive a Rose Foundation Fellow in January 2013.
The Department of Art's graphic design program has been singled out by a national publication, HOW magazine, as an "under the radar" program of excellence.
The Interior Design Program's work and accreditation presentation has been used by the national accreditation body as an example for other programs to emulate.
CAAD's Building Construction Science Program has implemented a studio-based undergraduate program unique in the country.
I hope you will find the information you need on our website, but please do not hesitate to contact my office if you need assistance or additional information.
Jim West, AIA