BARNworks is an abridged collection of student work from the Mississippi State University School of Architecture. BARNworks includes works from all five studio years, as well as the three research centers (CSTC, GCCDS, and DRIL).
My participation in the progressive design of this publication has coincided with my undergraduate career at Mississippi State University. As the a part of BARNworks design team from 2010 - 2012, I was fortunate to learn both about the process of publication and the process of formulating graphic layouts through an iterative process. From 2012 - 2014, I have operated as Edior-In-Chief of this publication, working closely with a design team and faculty, collaboratively collecting, selecting, and displaying the best work from our School of Architecture. As such, I have witnessed BARNworks cultivate an imperative understanding concerning the documentation and presentation of work within both myself as a student of architecture, along with the entirety of our School’s student body. Just as BARNworks manifests itself as a collective, external beacon of enterprise, it acts internally as a catalyst of design challenges within all year-levels of the School, raising the intensity and quality of representation to new levels of innovation and discovery.
Within these internal design challenges lies the production of this journal as an artifact. This undertaking is indeed a School-wide effort, a collective representation of opinions shared between administration, professors, and students alike. As the quality of this journal speaks to the quality of this collaboration, it is apparent that the Mississippi State University School of Architecture possesses a unique transparency between all ages, year-levels, and positions within the School. As BARNworks continues to grow beyond the scope of our University, this transparency will continue to transcend borders of design as an exhibition of the vigor and talent Mississippi State has to offer.
BARNworks is both distributed and sold across the country among alumni and prospective students, along with architecture firms across the world.
MISSISSIPPI MARITIME MUSEUM
As the student representative from the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, I participated in a design charette for the Mississippi Maritime Museum in collaboration with both faculty from the School of Architecture and the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio. Situated on the coast of Mississippi and the home of the largest ship building company for the United States Navy, Pascagoula is the site for the new Mississippi Maritime Museum. Through working closely with the museum's Board of Directors on a two day design and planning charette, I was tasked with producing documentation of all discussions, exercises, conclusions, and next steps for the Museum Board. Ultimately, the pamphlet I produced is essentially a primary marketing tool to gather both funding and support for the new museum. Through weeks of iteration and adjustment, I produced this pamphlet with a keen understanding of the importance of visual and graphic marketability.