Background Image Alternative Text: Mississippi State University class of 2022 architecture graduates stand in group on stage for photo - "architecture" is on slide behind them
Background Image Alternative Text: Mississippi State University class of 2022 architecture graduates stand in group on stage for photo - "architecture" is on slide behind them

School of Architecture Recognition Day 2022

Celebrating the class of 2022.

2021-2022 Awards

Annual Allen & Hoshall Faculty Award

Professor Mark Vaughn accepts an award from Dean Angi Elsea Bourgeois

  • Recipient: Mark Vaughan
  • Presented by: Dean Angi Elsea Bourgeois

The architectural firm of Allen & Hoshall of Jackson, Mississippi, has established a $500 annual award to a faculty member “who has demonstrated excellence in teaching.” The award winner is selected by the fifth-year graduating class.


Alpha Rho Chi (APX)

  • Chapter President: Jane Kent
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Jacob Gines

Alpha Rho Chi is the only national co-ed professional/social fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. MSU’s Hippodamus chapter includes members representing architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering.

Alpha Rho Chi Student Book Award

Nicole Columbus, right, poses with Professor Jake Gines

  • Recipient: Nicole Columbus

The APX student book award is given to a graduating fifth-year active member who has furthered the mission of the fraternity through service.


American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

  • Chapter President: Katherine Beasley
  • Faculty Advisor: Professor Alexis Gregory and Dr. Aaron White

The American Institute of Architecture Students is the student counterpart of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The chapter works closely with professional architects in the state through the Mississippi Chapter of the AIA, who fund this award.

AIAS Member of the Year Book Award

Katherine Beasley, right, poses with Professor Alexis Gregory

  • Recipient: Katherine Beasley

The recipient of the AIAS Award is chosen by the AIAS membership. The qualifications for this award are:  “…that the student goes above and beyond what has been asked of him/her; has shown initiative and leadership qualities; has been an AIAS leader within his/her year level; and does well academically.”


National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

  • Chapter President: Annelise Sernich
  • Faculty Advisors: Dr. Christopher S. Hunter, Professor Silvina Lopez Barrera

The 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 Diversity Award

left to right: Professor Chris Hunter, Professor Silvina Lopez-Barrera, Du'Juan Brown

  • Recipient: Du’Juan Brown

Chosen by the NOMAS membership, the NOMAS Diversity Award is given to a
student who has shown outstanding initiative and leadership in promoting diversity within the School and the larger community.


Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society (TSD)

  • Chapter President: Natalie Bowers
  • Faculty Advisors: Dr. Kate Malaia and Professor Duane McLemore

Tau Sigma Delta is the architectural (and allied programs) honor society open to top academic students in design disciplines. Induction does not occur until the student consistently demonstrates high academic standards and is in the third-year.

TSD Initiates:

  • Conner Griffin
  • Gizem Karsi
  • Lita Li
  • Sam Marcus
  • Elaine Otts,
  • Grace Owens
  • Jackie Smith

TSD Fifth-Year Graduates:

  • Nada Abdel-Aziz
  • Brandon Burton
  • Drew Maxon
  • Grace Sheridan

TSD Faculty/Staff Book Award

The TSD student president shakes hands with Professor Duane McLemore, right

  • Recipient: Professor Duane McLemore

The TSD Faculty/Staff Book Award is presented by the third- and fourth-year members to the faculty/staff member who has inspired them to excellence.


Young Women in Architecture (YWA)

YWA’s mission is to empower and support women in architecture during and after their time at Mississippi State. The group has established five pillars as its backbone: Design, Integrity, Community, Scholarship, and Purpose.


Field Trip Photograph Book Award

Professor Jassen Callender, left, stands with Audrey Eisner

  • Recipient: Audrey Eisner
  • Presented by: Associate Director Jassen Callender

This book award is presented to recognize the best photograph submitted by a School of Architecture student from their annual studio field trip. The photograph is selected by the Director of the School of Architecture.

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Field Trip Sketch Book Award

Professor Chris Hunter, left, stands with Charles Rounds

  • Recipient: Charles Rounds
  • Presented by: Dr. Christopher S. Hunter

This book award is presented to recognize the best sketch submitted by a School of Architecture student from their annual studio field trip. The sketch is selected by the Director of the School of Architecture.


First-Year Faculty Book Award

Professor Silvina Lopez Barrera stands with the three first-year faculty book award recipients

  • Studio Coordinator: Professor Silvina Lopez Barrera
  • Recipients: Tess Bruno, Heather Papizan, and Abby Williams

This award is a book selected by the first-year faculty and is presented to a first-year student selected on the basis of design excellence.


Second-Year Faculty Book Award

A Professor stands with Sapna PatioliaCaeli Finch, left, stands with Professor Kate Malia

  • Studio Coordinator: Dr. Christopher S. Hunter
  • Recipients: Sapna Patlolla and Caeli Finch

This award is a book selected by the second-year faculty and is presented to a second-year student selected on the basis of design excellence.


Third-Year Faculty Book Award

Professor John Poros, left, stands with Du'Juan BrownProfessor Alexis Gregory, left, stands with Reagan Douglass

  • Studio Coordinator: Professor Alexis Gregory
  • Recipients: Du’Juan Brown and Reagan Douglass

This award is a book selected by the third-year faculty and is presented to a third-year student/s selected on the basis of design excellence.

Collaborative Studio PCI Foundation Awards

  • Team 03: Jacob Bryson (ARC), Kobe Clouthier (ARC), Chapman Cooper (BCS), Elizabeth Gallagher (BCS), Elaine Otts (ARC)
  • Team 12: Du’Juan Brown (ARC), Michael Chew, (ARC), Tanner Madison (BCS), Mary Stafford Shurden (ARC), Colby Stalcup (BCS)  

Each team will receive $500 to split equally among members. Read the story.


Fourth-Year Faculty Book Award

Professor Jake Gines stands with, center, Gizem Karsi, and Jacquelin Lee, right

  • Studio Coordinator: Professor Jacob Gines
  • Recipients: Gizem Karsi and Jacquelin Lee

This award is a book selected by the fourth-year faculty and is presented to a fourth-year student/s selected on the basis of design excellence.

Mississippi Forestry Association Mass Timber Award

  • 1st Place: Alysia Williams
  • 2nd Place: Jacob Lindley
  • 3rd Place: Will Russell
  • Honorable Mention: Terrance Blackmon, Trey Jackson, Jessica Kiger

The Mississippi Forestry Association Mass Timber Awards are selected by MFA Executive Board Members to recognize exceptional and innovative uses of mass timber within the 4th-year capstone studio.


ARCC King Award

Professor Jake Gines, left, stands with Alysia Williams

  • Recipient: Alysia Williams
  • Presented by: Professor Jacob Gines

Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), this award is presented to one student per ARCC-member school. Selection is made by the entire faculty based upon criteria that acknowledge innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.   


Fifth-Year Jurists’ Award

Jassen Callender shakes hands with Grace SheridanProfessor Jassen Callender, left, stands with Chester Mitchell

  • Studio Coordinator: Associate Director Jassen Callender
  • Recipients: Grace Sheridan, Chester Mitchell

The Jurists’ Award, a book award, is conferred by the fifth-year design faculty upon the student(s) who has achieved the greatest personal growth as a designer and whose work has contributed to the overall success of the fifth-year Design Studio.


Academic Achievement Award

Professor Jassen Callender, left, stands with Nada Abdel-Aziz

  • Recipient: Nada Abdel-Aziz
  • Presented by: Associate Director Jassen Callender

The Academic Achievement Award is a book award presented to the graduating fifth-year student who has the highest cumulative MSU grade point average.


CDFL Capstone Studio Travel Award

Professor Jassen Callender, left, stands with Swayze RawlingsProfessor Jassen Callender, left, stands with Kristin Rice

  • First Place: Swayze Rawlings
  • Second Place: Kristin Rice
  • Presented by: Associate Director Jassen Callender

Funds from Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons Architects + Engineers (CDFL)’s $5,000 fifth-year, capstone studio sponsorship were used to support the studio in areas of need and provided support for prominent external project reviewers as well as two cash awards for student travel.


Alpha Rho Chi Medal

Professor Chris Hunter, left, stands with Jasmine Topps

  • Recipient: Jasmine Topps
  • Presented by: Dr. Christopher S. Hunter

The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded to the graduating fifth-year student who has shown an ability for leadership, performed willing service for the school, and gives promise of professional merit through attitude and personality. The medal is offered each year to every NAAB fully accredited school of architecture. The recipient is chosen by the entire faculty of the school.


AIA Henry Adams Medal

Nada Abdel-Aziz, left, stands with Professor Hans Herrmann

  • Recipient: Nada Abdel-Aziz
  • Presented by: Professor Hans Herrmann

Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the AIA Henry Adams Medal is considered the most important award given to graduating students. It is awarded for “general excellence in architecture” throughout the course of study. The medal is awarded to the most qualified student, and selection is made by the entire faculty.


Other Notable Student Awards, 2021-2022

Aydelott Travel Award

  • Elisa Castaneda

A $2.4 million endowment – established by the late Alfred Lewis Aydelott, FAIA, and his wife, Hope Galloway Aydelott – provides a $20,000 award each year to four architecture students enrolled in the professional architecture degree programs at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Auburn University; Mississippi State University; and the University of Tennessee. Elisa will travel to Medellin, Colombia; Christchurch, New Zealand; Copenhagen, Demnark; and Johannesburg, South Africa.


Trussell Travel Award

  • Sarah Mixon

The Trussell Travel Award (funded by alumnus Ted T. Porter) is awarded to the runner-up of the Aydelott Travel Award. The award provides $4,750 for student travel.


National Concrete Masonry Association Unit Design Competition

  • Jenny Hutton, Sarah Mixon, Gabbi Morelli, and Skylar Sloan

“The Ellipse” Team took first place in the 2021 NCMA competition. Work was completed in the spring ARC 2723 Materials course under the guidance of Associate Professor Jacob Gines.


Method Studio Undergraduate Research Fellows

  • Fall 2021: Jared Woullard
  • Spring 2022: Du’Juan Brown

Method Studio Research Fellows receive a stipend award and work on research during the semester for the Method Studio under the guidance of Associate Professor Jacob Gines.


Association for Retired Faculty (ARF) William L. Giles Award for Excellence in Architecture

  • Alysia E. Williams

This $500 award was established in 1997 in honor and memory of William Lincoln Giles, a charter member of ARF. It is given each year to a student selected by the School of Architecture on the basis of academic excellence and overall leadership within the school. Funding for the award comes from a contribution by Ms. Hazel Presson, aunt of Ginger Giles Jones, Dr. Giles’ daughter.


Spring 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium, top-rated, Arts & Humanities Category

  • Alysia Williams

Alysia’s project, “Affordable Multifamily Housing in Relation to Community Revitalization and Social Development: A Cross Analysis of Regional Housing in Urban Contexts” was completed under the guidance of Associate Professor Jacob Gines.


Burris Wagnon Study Abroad Travel Award

  • Julvian Cattledge, Nicole Columbus, Swayze Rawlings

Bill Burris and Stan Wagnon, principals of Burris/Wagon Architects, P.A., established the Burris Wagnon Study Abroad Travel Award to fulfill a desire to assist students traveling abroad to experience architecture. Candidates for the $500 award were fifth-year architecture students in good standing who demonstrated an interest in architectural history and theory coursework.


Line Scale Form Student Design Capstone Award

  • Associate Professor Alexis Gregory’s studio: Alexis Windham, 1st | $600; Jon Zeipen, 2nd | $400; Jacquelin Lee, honorable mention
  • Assistant Professor Christopher Hunter’s studio: Terrance Blackmon, 1st | $600; Alysia Williams, 2nd | $400;  Audria Hicks, honorable mention

This monetary award is selected by an outside Jury Committee, including Bruce Herrington, to recognize exceptional design work among 4th-year students.


2022-2023 Scholarships

Mockbee Hall & Drake Annual Scholarship

  • ($2,000 each) Jessica Kiger, Nathaniel Roesener, Spurgeon Sanders, Savannah Wilson

Applicants must be: entering the fifth-year design studio in the School of Architecture; have a minimum grade point average of 3.0; be of good moral character; and have demonstrated leadership ability.


M. L. Virden, III & IV Memorial Scholarship

  • ($1,000 each) Ada Fulgham, Jeffrey Janes, Mary Lee

Students must be entering their third-year; have a 2.80+ GPA; be of good moral character; have demonstrated leadership; can show financial need; and a resident of: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, or Yazoo Counties.


Stephanie M. and Don F. Pizzetta Endowed Scholarship

  • ($1,200) Matthew Churchill, Rashad Hassan

Candidates must be full-time students; have completed their second-year in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.


Stephanie M. and Don F. Pizzetta Annual Scholarship

  • ($1,200) Alexis Windham

Candidates must be full-time students; have completed their second-year in the School of Architecture; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and can demonstrate financial need.


Eley Guild Hardy Architecture Endowed Scholarship

  • ($1,000) Jon Zeipen

In May 2007, Taylor Guild III and David Hardy established this scholarship to assist talented students in their fifth-year of study in the architecture program.


Charles H. Dean, Jr. Annual Memorial Scholarship

  • ($1,000) Evelyn Ramirez

Any full-time MSU students in their third- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Applicants must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.


Lyndall Gail Wood Memorial Scholarship

  • ($1,000) Lita Li

This scholarship was established by the Wood family to honor Lyndall Gail’s passion as an MSU architecture student. Applicants must be full-time students entering the fourth-year design studio in the School of Architecture, be in excellent academic standing with the university, and be a student with exceptional design ability.


Rowan Taylor Endowed Scholarship

  • ($1,000) Kali Nolin

Applicants must be entering the fifth year of architectural study within the school; have maintained a minimum MSU 3.0 GPA; have demonstrated exceptional design work and ability to achieve exceptional design; and have demonstrated financial need.


Shelia Renea Jackson Endowed Scholarship    

  • ($1,000 each) Audria Hicks, Aniya Wren-Daniel

Candidates must be entering the fifth-year in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State and be in good standing. Preference is given to female African-American students and to students with financial need.


Silver Anniversary Endowed Scholarship

  • ($1,000) Rashad Hassan

Candidates must be enrolled in the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Art and Design.


JJAJ Annual Scholarship   

  • ($500) Evelyn Ramirez

Established in 2019 by Jay and Jennifer Dorris, this scholarship is awarded to students in their third-, fourth-, or fifth-year of study in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. Students must demonstrate financial need and must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.


JJAJ Endowed Scholarship   

  • ($500 each) Ethan Weinstein, Alysia Williams

Established in 2019 by Jay and Jennifer Dorris, this scholarship is awarded to students in their third-, fourth-, or fifth-year of study in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. Students must demonstrate financial need and must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.


Pryor & Morrow Annual Scholarship

  • ($500 each) China Chandler, Michael Herndon, Elvis Scott, Faith Troutt, Alexis Windham, Hannah Zhou    

Any full-time MSU students in their second- through fifth-year of design studio may apply. Students must be Mississippi residents and can demonstrate financial need.


Primos Scholarship in Architecture

  • (software) China Chandler, Sam Dykes, Mackenzie Gibbs, Kasey Losik, Mark Perry, Rachel Sampson, Elvis Scott, Faith Troutt, Abby Williams, Hannah Zhou

Applicants must be full-time MSU students entering the second-year design studio in the School of Architecture; and can demonstrate financial need.


Class of 2022

Photos

Recognition Day Program

Webex Recording

Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 4:29 pm