A comprehensive student team project in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is helping seniors mirror professional client projects like those they can expect as graduates in their respective fields. Caroline Prather of Clinton, an MSU architecture student, was among the winning team members. Raden Burris of Clinton, a building construction science student, was among those receiving honorable mention.
The annual Brasfield & Gorrie LLC Student Design Competition is an interdisciplinary contest in which student teams from MSU’s architecture, building construction science and interior design majors simulate real-world design processes.
The assignment seeks to engage the individual disciplines in collective design and construction solutions and incorporates sustainability, innovation and LEED construction principles.
For this year’s assignment, students were asked to design and create a renovation and construction plan for an existing MSU building, with the purpose of utilizing the space for the university’s new Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation. Ten teams recently made their final presentations to Brasfield & Gorrie representatives and MSU faculty.
CAAD Dean Angi Elsea Bourgeois said the intensive project at the beginning of the students’ fourth year aligns with one of the college’s primary goals—collaboration.
“We know these industries have become more and more integrated, and clients now demand integrated product delivery. This is also a better business model when it comes to taking a project from the conceptual planning phase, through design, construction and all the way through interior design details, such as lighting. Projects have the best outcomes when design and construction professionals work together from day one,” Bourgeois said.