We are so proud of our space and are grateful to the Mississippi State University School of Architecture for hosting us. In 2003, the facility was officially dedicated as The Stuart C. Irby Jr. Studio, named for the late Mississippi businessman and philanthropist who donated the building as a renovated university facility. Irby, long-time head of the Jackson-based distributor of electrical goods that also bears his name, donated the $300,000 building and was instrumental in helping secure more than $2 million of combined state and private funds to undertake the nearly two-year renovation effort. The building features three stories divided by two large gallery light wells. Bridges span the galleries at the second- and third-floor levels. In addition to classrooms and studios, the building also houses the Jackson Community Design Center–a research arm of the college–an architecture library and other university offices.