The Mississippi Architect Magazine

AIA|Mississippi has a great history of producing magazines in the architectural industry. The first series spanned from March 1963 through March 1965. The second began in the Winter of 1970, the year prior to our first independent state convention.

I found these bound editions of the Mississippi Architect in the library at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture. Others are rumored to exist around the state in the vast array of collections of our members. A long afternoon talk with Belinda Stewart in Eupora sent us on a journey through shelves and shelves of periodicals she’s collected. She, and numerous others, have held on to these copies for decades, occasionally flipping through for a walk down memory lane and a lasting reminder of how our state’s built environment came to be.

There’s a great blog you should subscribe to, Preservation in Mississippi, authored by our friend Jennifer Baughn from the Department of Archives and History.  She has meticulously scanned and loaded PDFs of the issues spanning from March 1963 through March 1965. Follow that rabbit trail here…

Michael Fazio, Professor Emeritus, Architecture, Mississippi State University, is arguably the expert on the subject in our state. He shared with me a bit about the history of the publication and directed me to the library to find the bound versions of the second iteration of the publication beginning in the Winter of 1970.

New to AIA but warmly welcomed by administration in the Washington, D.C. headquarters, I was delighted to run across the following letter from its editor at the time, Robert A. Ivy, FAIA, who is now the Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Institute of Architects.  Prior to AIA, he was Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record and helped the publication garner numerous industry awards. The fact that his letter challenges the profession to improve Mississippi’s schools and drops the name of Governor William Winter lights me on fire. I hope it does you, too.

We’ll talk more about these great issues in our new magazine. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, if you’re ready to part with printed copies, please consider donating them to us. I’ve not completely excavated our storage closet but haven’t run across them yet.