Monthly Lunch


September 26, 2019 : : 11:30am-1pm

The Architect’s Role in Downtown Revitalization
Thomas Gregory
State Coordinator
Mississippi Main Street Association

Join us to learn about how you can make a meaningful difference in the revitalization of your downtown and community. Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) is a state coordinating program of Main Street America and provides training and program assistance to 53 Main Street communities and network members. Since 1993, MMSA has provided more than $5 billion in public and private re-investment into Main Street communities.

A certified planner, Gregory previously worked as a community planner for the Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University and as the chief administrative officer for the City of Greenwood, Mississippi. While living in Greenwood, he served on the board of directors for Main Street Greenwood for more than nine years. Gregory received a master of city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor of business administration from Mississippi State University.

11:30 am Doors open, lunch begins | 12-1 pm Programming
$20 Members and Guests / $10 AIA Emerging Professionals | 1 LU/HSW (pending)
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Albert’s at Parlor Market | 119 W Capitol Street | Jackson, MS
Recommended Parking: Intersection of W Pearl and S Roach Streets (1 block from venue)
Menu: Smothered pork chop, mac and cheese, butter beans, house salad, drink & dessertPlease email Amber if you have special dietary restrictions.



August 22, 2019
Right of Way: How to Design Safer Streets for Our Communities
with special guest Bob Wilson (Association of General Contractors of Mississippi)

> Read more and see photos from the event






June 27, 2019
100 Years of Momentum: Strategically Planning for AIA Mississippi’s Next 10
with special guest Brent Bailey (Green Building Council of Mississippi)


> Read more and see photos from the event



May 23, 2019
A Conversation About the Mayors’ Institute on City Design
featuring Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Esq., Mayor, City of Jackson
and special guests 
Jennifer Hughes and Courtney Spearman (National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.) and Dr. Stuart Rockoff (Mississippi Humanities Council)

> Read more and see photos from the event



April 25, 2019
Architecture and Art : Mississippi’s Creative Economy
featuring Malcolm White, Executive Director, Mississippi Arts Commission
and special guests 
Wyatt Waters (Southern artist and tv show co-host), Mickey Howley (Water Valley Main Street), and Amy Ainsworth (Terracon) 

> Read more and see photos from the event

March 28, 2019
Overcoming Financial Barriers
in Economically Challenged Regions

featuring Bill Bynum, CEO, Hope Enterprise Corp.
and special guests 
Andrew Mattiace (Lamar Life Building Developer), Emily Pote & Rucker Culpepper (Coffee Prose), Emily Roush-Elliott, AIA (Delta Design Build Workshop, and Trey McCoy (Cherokee Brick) 

> Read more and see photos from the event

February 28, 2019
Human Scale Development & Equitable Growth in Jackson
featuring Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Director, Jackson Department of Planning & Development
and special guests 
Mike Burton (The Westin – Jackson), Craig Carter (American Council of Engineering Companies of Mississippi),  Thomas Gregory (Carl Small Town Center & American Planning Association MS) and David Lewis (Arts Center Manager & Team JXN)

> Read more and see photos from the event

January 24, 2019
Disaster Recovery & Good Samaritan Legislation
featuring J. Scott Eddy, AIA, 2019 AIA National Disaster Assistance Committee Chair
and special guests Rep. Cory Wilson (Mississippi House District 73, Madison), Curnis Upkins, III (Hinds County Economic Development Authority), John Cothron (Mississippi State Board of Architecture), Jordan Rae Hillman, AICP (City of Jackson, MS, Department of Planning & Development), Joel Waters (Mississippi Concrete Association)

> Read more and see photos from the event


After hosting Mississippi Celebrates Architecture at Albert’s at Parlor Market, we enjoyed the experience so much that we chose to make it the spot for our monthly luncheon. Each month we enjoy a custom menu dreamed up by their executive chef. If you have special dietary considerations, please mention it on your registration. We’re happy to accomodate you!

$20 for an entree, two sides, salad, bread, beverage & dessert
AND wonderful conversation with very smart colleagues