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Life as an Architecture Student

Life as an Architecture Student

The Mississippi State University School of Architecture provides a supportive environment for personal growth and professional development. Studio learning is a unique experience; our students have their own designated studio space in Giles Hall and have 24/7 access to that space. 

One big advantage of studio learning is it allows for more students to have more one-on-one time with professors; the Mississippi State University Bachelor of Architecture degree program boasts a low 15:1 student to faculty ratio.

Mississippi State architecture students have access to a variety of specialized facilities and tools within Giles Hall to help them succeed in their studies: digital fabrication lab, printing and plotting lab, the Bob and Kathy Luke Library (college-specific material), a woodworking shop, a 3-D printer, a CNC router, and more.

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Field Trips and Site Visits

A favorite week for many students is the annual field trip week, a requirement for all students in the Mississippi State University Bachelor of Architecture degree program and an important component of study for an architecture student. 

Students in all studio levels travel to different metropolitan locations each year to expose our students to art, design, and construction in these areas. The field trip location generally coincides with the studio focus for that year level, and students prepare for these trips by engaging in research and producing case studies. The time on site is divided between structured visits to important buildings, museums, and architectural offices, and free time for students to explore on their own.

Student participation in the field trip week is a required component of design studio, and the university assesses field trip fees in conjunction with tuition. 

Over the years, field trip destinations have included metropolitan destinations such as Atlanta, New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati.

The fifth-year field trip is a two-week study abroad in Europe. 

In addition to the weeklong field trips, students also participate in local and regional field trips. These trips are not only planned in conjunction with the design studios, but also complement lecture courses and may last a few hours or require an overnight stay.

Destinations for short-term field trips have included the Columbus Brick Factory, Viking Range Corporation, Auburn’s Rural Studio, construction sites, and Mississippi small towns.


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Architecture Student Organizations

Alpha Rho Chi (APX)

Alpha Rho Chi is the only national co-ed professional fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. Mississippi State's Hippodamus chapter includes students from architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, engineering, English, and more. The “Hippos" actively work together to host a series of professional events every spring, fundraising events for their philanthropy throughout the year, brotherhood events for chapter bonding, a White Rose Formal each fall, and a summer retreat for bonding/business. Recruiting and pledging occur in the beginning of the fall semester.

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Tau Sigma Delta (TSD)

Tau Sigma Delta is an architectural honor society open to top students in the third-, fourth-, and fifth-year architecture studios. Tau Sigma Delta's organizes Friday Forum and the Giles Gallery exhibitions and receptions.

The American Institute of Architecture Students

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is the student branch of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIAS sponsors many professional, social, and service events throughout the year including the Beaux Arts Ball. Our chapter also has Freedom By Design (FBD), which is dedicated to serving our local community. 

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The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) is the student arm of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Students participating seek to enhance the educational experience of its members by fostering diversity within the School of Architecture and the community at-large. NOMAS hosts the annual TRASHIONshow, an event where students design clothing out of reusable items.

The Student Director's Advisory Council

The Student Director’s Advisory Council consists of two students from each year level in the School of Architecture and executive leaders of the architecture student organizations. This group acts as a liaison between the student body and the administration and meets monthly with the director of the Mississippi State University Bachelor of Architecture degree program.

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Contact Us
School of Architecture

  • 899 Collegeview St
  • 240 Giles Hall
  • Post Office Box AQ
  • Mississippi State, MS 39762
  • Phone: (662) 325-2202
  • Campus Mailstop: 9633
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