School of Architecture awards second Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship

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Edward Holmes

A Mississippi State architecture major is among the second to receive the newly established Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Fourth-year student Edward Holmes V is receiving $1,500 as he spends the spring semester conducting research with Method Studio, a full-service architectural and design firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon successful completion of research project/s, Holmes will receive an additional $1,500 in May.

This summer, Holmes – a graduate of Newton County Academy and son of Bill and Jami Herrington – will serve as the student director for the school’s annual Design Discovery Workshop, a week-long camp for high school students and incoming freshmen that is intended to answer many of the questions about architecture and interior design as a field of study and as a profession.

“It is a great honor to be able to be able to research for Method Studo,” said Holmes. “I know that I have a lot to learn from them, and I’m sure this will be an exciting experience.”

As part of the fellowship, Holmes will working under the guidance of Jacob Gines, a School of Architecture assistant professor who also is Method’s vice president of research and design.

Gines, now in his fourth year on the Starkville campus, said he and other professionals at the Utah firm are working to make it a “thought leader” in the architectural community, both to generate and disseminate knowledge. “There is a lot of support for connecting academia to the profession of architecture,” he added.

Gines said the new fellowship should provide “a unique opportunity” to strengthen that connection between the architecture school and Method.

School director Michael Berk said he and his colleagues “are honored to be working with Method Studio and value the confidence the firm has placed in the School of Architecture.”

“This research collaboration is an important endorsement of our faculty expertise and will provide our faculty with research assistants, enabling us to continue to push the boundaries of cutting-edge tectonic research,” said Berk, who also holds the school’s F.L. Crane Professorship.

While Method is not local, Gines said fellows will be researching a variety of issues that are transportable across geographic regions. “There is strength and value in connecting not just locally, but at a distance as well,” he said.

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