2017 Mississippi Celebrates Architecture

AIA National launched its 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge theme, Blueprint for Better, by featuring a video about AIA Mississippi member firm, Duvall Decker. The campaign shines a light on the powerful social impact of architects and their work. In partnership with their clients and communities, architects plant the seeds that blossom into stronger neighborhoods, towns and cities.

MCA likewise is focused on projects across the state
that elevate our communities.

Won’t you join us?

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Friday, October 27, 5:30pm • King Edward Hotel (Jackson)
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$180 AIA/MAPP/AIP, $145 Assoc, $40 guest/student, $250 non-AIA architects/intern architects
10% early bird discount available through October 20 (extended from October 13)

8am  |  Check-In & Light Breakfast
King Edward, 2nd floor lobby

8:30am  |  Welcome • King Edward Ballroom

Robert Ivy, FAIA • Chief Executive Officer, The American Institute of Architects
AIA Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, shares the latest initiatives and efforts from the Institute to advocate on behalf of the profession to raise the visibility of architects. (CEUs are not available for this session as per AIA policy.)

Break • 2nd floor lobby

10:30am  |  Clarity  |  1.5 HSW CEUs
Frank Harmon, FAIA
Drawing allows us to see things we never noticed before. Leonardo Di Vinci said that drawing was a way to understand the world. As architects we are uniquely qualified to notice the nuances of everyday things. The shape of a plowed field, the fabric of cities, the stones in a cemetery wall – all carry a message about how we inhabit our place. If we can express our observations of the world around us more clearly, we can encourage others to look more closely as well. This presentation explores the belief that drawing is not an obsolete skill – that drawing allows us, as architects, to develop a natural grace in the way we design our projects and engage the world around us. How, then, can clarity and simplicity in drawing and writing help us to become better at serving our communities?

12pm  |  Lunch • 2nd floor lobby

1pm  |  Catalyst  |  2 HSW CEUs
Depart from King Edward Lobby
Walking tour stops will include the Museum of Mississippi History, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the King Edward Hotel, Capitol Art Lofts, and MSU’s School of Architecture 5th Year Program.

Break • 2nd floor lobby

3pm  |  Insight  |  1 HSW CEU
Roy Decker, AIA, Duvall Decker Architects
AIA National launched its 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge, Blueprint for Better, with a profile video about Duvall Decker’s work in midtown Jackson. Roy shares the backstory and an update about progress in the area. The talk will then transition to planning strategies in disadvantaged communities, the values of grassroots inclusion, avoiding Utopian outcomes, and more to encourage practitioners to focus on public good.

4pm  |  Prudence  |  1 HSW CEU
Emily Roush-Elliott, Social Impact Architect, Delta Design Build Workshop
The symposium will wrap with a light-hearted jury to review participants’ ideas for economical housing that employs sustainable energy and is easily replicable in the Mississippi Delta.

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Friday, October 27, 5:30pm • King Edward Hotel (Jackson)
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$75 ea or $700 reserved table for 8

5pm  |  Cocktail Reception
King Edward, 2nd floor lobby

5:30pm  |  Design Awards Celebration  |  1.5 HSW CEUs
King Edward Ballroom. Our annual awardsr ecognition featuring thematic K’Nex sculptures by the students of Power APAC School’s art program. New licensees and past presidents will be recognized.

7pm  |  Libations at the Lowry  |  2 HSW CEUs
Mississippi Heritage Trust
Lowry House, 1031 N Congress Street
MHT unveils its 2017 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi.
Includes nightcap and casual dinner.

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engraved obelisk black base.v635873112440120916 2“We must use the opportunity to survey our own backyards to see what makes them special, individual and beautiful.”  – Sambo Mockbee

The 2017 Awards will consist of a certificate as in previous years as well as a crystal obelisk mounted on a foundation of wood salvaged from Power APAC School in Jackson (similar to this photo). Our hope is that recipients will place it in full view as a daily gentle reminder of the noble work that remains.

Your work is important.
Help us work to change perceptions about the practice of architects in Mississippi. AIA MS is building a 2018 Program of Work that focuses on promoting the projects of our membership to people and companies outside of our membership and outside of our state. Your entries into the 2017 Architectural Design Awards will be the key component of our messaging and used throughout 2018 in the following ways:

  • Mississippi Celebrates Architecture
    Presentation boards will be on display during the event and winning entries will be a part of the awards presentation ceremony.
  • AIA Mississippi Magazine
    All award winners will receive 1 complimentary page profile about their project. Additional pages may be purchased for $250 to expand the story and images. Details about the magazine coming soon.
  • Presentations
    AIA MS will be scheduling presentations across the state to local organizations (such as Rotary, Kiwanis, Chambers, etc.) and meeting with state and federal legislators to share the work of our members. Local projects will be featured.
  • Traveling Exhibit
    All boards will be a part of a traveling exhibit around the state. Venues and dates will be announced and will accompany other AIA MS events. The first will be the AIA MS New Year’s Party (open to the public).
  • Digital Promotion
    Each entry will be posted as a project profile on the AIA MS website. Each will receive an exclusive social media promotion and brief in the AIA MS digital newsletter.
  • Press Releases & Images
    AIA MS will send individualized press releases to media in the regions that include the award winners. Comprehensive publicity will be sent to major outlets statewide.
  • Online Architecture Archive
    AIA MS will begin compiling data about architecture around the state with the goal of cataloging relevant sites for online research purposes. MDAH is a potential partner.

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Download the Nomination Packet
Due: October 20, 2017, 11:59pm  (extended from October 18)

Theses awards are for those individuals who have contributed in some significant way to the AIA MS and to the profession and practice of architecture through community and civic involvement.  Please consider nominating worthwhile individuals for the different award categories listed below.  

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Friend of Architecture Award
  • Presidential Citation
  • Community Service Award
  • Education Commendation
  • Citizen Architect Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Other

Please cast your vote for the Sambo Mockbee and People’s Choice Awards by visiting the ballot website. (Voting is restricted to one vote for each category per AIA Mississippi member in good standing. Your voter id is your AIA membership number and your voter key is your birthday (format mm/dd/yyyy). If your birthday has not been submitted to AIA National, please use 01/01/2000.)

Entries include:

Vote online at the ballot website.


  • October 6, 11:59pm – Awards Registration due (form and payment)
  • October 6, 5:00pm – Physical boards and disks due (if submitting to Starkville)
  • October 11 – King Edward Hotel reduced room rate expires
  • October 12, 5:00pm – Digital Awards due (requires AIA|MS board production service, $45/board)
  • October 20, 11:59pm – Early Bird discount expires (extended from October 13)
  • October 13-24, 11:59pm – Voting for Sambo Mockbee and People’s Choice Awards (extended from October 22)
  • October 22, 11:59pm – Membership Award Nominations due (extended from October 18)
  • October 27, 8am-5pm – MCA Symposium; 5-7pm – MCA Awards Celebration

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