at the MSU School of Architecture


The Mississippi State University School of Architecture is proud to announce the 2nd lecture of the SPRING 2019 HARRISON LECTURE SERIES:


Lectures will be held in the Giles Hall Harrison Auditorium (Starkville campus). Please contact the School of Architecture at 662-325-2202 to confirm dates and times prior to travel.


MSU SARC Harrison Lecture Series

Robert Ivy, FAIA & Fay Jones Exhibit by Hans Herrmann

with tour of Dudy Noble Stadium & MSU Baseball (vs. LSU)

March 29, 2019 : : MSU School of Architecture, Starkville
4-5pm  – Lecture by Robert Ivy, FAIA
5-6pm – Opening Reception: The Unbuilt Crosby Arboretum / Fay Jones Exhibition by Hans Hermann, AIA 
6pm – Tour of Dudy Noble Stadium with Weir Boerner Allin and MSU Baseball Game (versus LSU)
COST: Lecture, exhibit and reception are free and open to the public (sponsored by AIA Mississippi and Mississippi Concrete Association).
$12 registration required for the stadium tour (includes baseball game ticket). Space is limited. Register today!

Robert Ivy, FAIA

CEO & EVP  National American Institute of Architects. Ivy holds a Master’s of Architecture from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in English from Sewanee: The University of the South. In 1996, Ivy became the Editor in Chief of Architectural Record. He became Vice President and Editorial Director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media, which included GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design, SNAP, Architectural Record: China, HQ Magazine, ENR, Constructor, and Sweets.  Ivy was a juror on the panel that selected architect Frank Gehry to design the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. From 1981 until 1996 Ivy was a principal at Dean/Dale, Dean & Ivy and a critic for many national publications. Ivy taught at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture in the early 1990s and is currently a member of their Advisory Board. In March 2010, Alpha Rho Chi, the national architecture fraternity, voted unanimously to name Ivy “Master Architect” for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design. Robert shares the designation with iconic architects Dr. Nathan Clifford Ricker (the first graduate of an American school of architecture), Cass Gilbert, Eliel Saarinen, John Wellborn Root, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and I.M. Pei. He is one of seven to receive this honor in the fraternity’s 100-year history and the only architect selected in the 21st century. His authoritative biography “Fay Jones: Architect”, published in 2001 and now in its third edition, showcases the work of the American architect who was an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Art Library Society of North America cited Fay Jones: Architect for “the highest standards of scholarship, design, and production.”

Immediately following the lecture, enjoy a reception hosted by AIA Mississippi while browsing the following exhibit.

The Unbuilt Crosby Arboretum / Fay Jones Exhibition

Hans Herrmann, AIA
Associate Professor of Architecture

The Unbuilt Crosby Arboretum exhibition is designed to reveal and share this unique, Mississippi-based, example of the design thinking of E. Fay Jones. Critically, this work explores the productive collaboration of Jones and Blake working to express their interest in the native landscapes of our region. This will be the first time the schematic designs by Jones will be publicly exhibited. Fine wooden scale models, virtual reality digital models, hand-built steel and wood full-scale elements, archival video, original design drawings, and informative narrative panels will form the exhibition content. The research, artifacts, and exhibition design is being generated by Associate Professor Hans C. Herrmann, AIA with the assistance of ten undergraduate research assistants. The work is made possible through the generous support of the privately endowed J.W. Criss Fund and the Mississippi State University Office of Research and Economic Development, Undergraduate Research Support Program.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Mississippi Concrete Association.


April 12, 2019, 4-5pm : : MSU School of Architecture, Starkville
Dr. Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA

Sharon Egretta Sutton is visiting professor at Parsons School of Design, adjunct professor at Columbia University, and professor emerita at the University of Washington, where she served on the faculty 1998–2016. She became an architecture educator in 1975, having taught at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Michigan where she became the first African American woman to become a full professor in an accredited architectural degree program. Sutton’s focus is community-based participatory research and design with a special emphasis on low-income and minority youth and other disenfranchised populations. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Tukwila School District, the University of Michigan, and University of Washington, among others.  Sutton is author of “When Ivory Towers Were Black: A Story about Race in America’s Cities and Universities”; Weaving a Tapestry of Resistance: The Places, Power and Poetry of a Sustainable Society; and Learning through the Built Environment. Additionally, she is author of numerous book chapters and journal articles and is co-editor of The Paradox of Urban Space: Inequality and Transformation in Marginalized Communities. Sutton is also a noted printmaker and collagist, having studied graphic art in independent studios internationally. Her work has been exhibited in and collected by galleries and museums, business enterprises, colleges, and universities, and is part of the Robert Blackburn Collection at the Library of Congress.  A registered architect, Sutton was the twelfth African American woman to be licensed to practice architecture (1976), the first to be promoted to full professor of architecture (1994), and the second to be elected a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects (1995). The ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) honored Sutton with the ACSA Distinguished Professor Award in 1995-96. Sutton received the “Life Recognition Award” from the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1997 and the national American Institute of Architects Whitney M. Young, Jr., Award in 2011. In 2014 and 2017 respectively, she received the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor and the AIA New York Medal of Honor, the highest awards chapters can confer. Dedicated to improving the living environments of disenfranchised populations, Sutton is currently ethnographic consultant to design studio instructors at Parsons School of Design.

May 2, 2019, 1pm : : MSU School of Architecture, Starkville
Dr. William & Jean Giles Memorial Recognition Day Speaker
Katie Blount

Katie Blount was named the seventh director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) in 2015. She is a Master of Arts graduate of the Southern Studies program in the Center For The Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.  Blount has been with MDAH since 1994; from 2011-15 she served as the deputy director for communication, overseeing the department’s strategic planning process and making decisions on budget, personnel, and policy issues. She was responsible for overseeing the completion of the ‘internationally recognized’ Mississippi History and Civil Rights dual museums which opened under one roof in 2017 during the state’s bicentennial year of 2017. She worked very closely with the architects who are alums of MSU. As the new director, she has supervision and oversight for over 120 employees, multiple historic facilities around the state, and an annual budget well over $10 million (not including the new museums). 



March 8, 2019, 4-5pm : : MSU School of Architecture, Starkville
Brian Johnsen, AIA

Johnsen Schmaling Architects is an architecture firm located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it was founded in 2003 by Brian Johnsen and Sebastian Schmaling. The office is located in a former shoe factory in the Brady Street district of Milwaukee. The principals have described their design philosophy as “poetic realism.” Johnsen and Schmaling are on the faculty of the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. The work of Johnsen Schmaling Architects represents a unique synthesis of conceptual rigor, technical know-how, and an unsurpassed attention to detail.  Specializing in high-end residential and commercial design, Johnsen Schmaling Architects offers a full range of architectural and design services, from master planning and schematic design to construction administration, furniture design and graphics.  A thorough understanding of site and program for each individual project, combined with a passionate interest in materiality and building technology, led to innovative and environmentally sustainable design solutions with uncompromising artistic integrity.  The two founding principals, Brian Johnsen and Sebastian Schmaling, have been widely recognized as distinctive emerging voices in contemporary American architecture. In 2008, Johnsen Schmaling Architects received the Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York, and Architectural Record featured the office in in its prestigious Design Vanguard issue as “one of ten exceptional global architecture firms to watch.”  Residential Architect, published by the American Institute of Architects, selected Johnsen Schmaling for the 2012 Top Firm Award, praising the “stoic brilliance” permeating its work.   Exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, Johnsen Schmaling’s work has received more than 70 professional design awards, including 25 national and regional Honor and Merit Awards from the American Institute of Architects, a National AIA Top Ten Green Projects Award, a 2011 Annual Design Review Award from Architecture magazine, a Contract Design Award for Public Spaces, a Record Interiors Award, an Architype Review Award, a Metal Architecture Design Award, a North American Wood Design Award, as well as several Project of the Year Awards from Residential Architect magazine. In addition, Johnsen Schmaling’s projects and texts have been featured in countless books and design periodicals here and abroad, including Architectural Review, Metropolis, Architectural Record, Architect, Dwell, Detail, Architectural Digest, Azure, Harvard Design Magazine, Architects’ Newspaper, Plan, a+a, ofArch, Interior Design, GreenSource, Modernism, Architectural Lighting, Frame, Monitor, GQ, Landscape Architecture of China, Vision, Interni & Design, Arquitectura & Construção, Deco, D Casa, Häuser, Competitions, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal.   Brian Johnsen, AIA, NCARB, grew up in Chicago and received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, LEED AP, is originally from Berlin and received a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University, where he graduated with distinction; a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and a Dipl. Ing. Architektur degree from the Technical University Berlin. Both licensed architects, Johnsen and Schmaling are currently Professors in Practice at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.  They frequently lecture on their work in the United States and Europe and continue to teach as visiting critics around the country, most recently at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Toronto, and the University of North Carolina.

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