Aydelott Travel Award student recipient to give Harrison Lecture at MSU

Daniel Smith (Photo by Megan Bean)

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The recipient of Mississippi State University’s prestigious 2017 Aydelott Travel Award is the featured speaker for the School of Architecture’s upcoming Harrison Lecture.

Fourth-year architecture student Daniel P. Smith’s presentation takes place Wednesday [March 28] in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium at Giles Hall, home to MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design. The 4 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

“Historically, the Harrison Lecture Series is a unique venue to invite architects, artists and philosophers from around the country and world to share their vision and professional work with our students, faculty and campus community,” said MSU F.L. Crane Professor and School of Architecture Director Michael A. Berk.

“This year, it made sense to the lecture committee to invite Daniel, the 2017 Aydelott Travel Award winner, to share his findings and adventures of travel in analyzing and documenting important works of architecture in Europe, South America and Asia from this past summer,” Berk added. 

A Canton native, Smith visited and researched four Late Modern-style buildings during his time abroad. Structures include the São Paulo Museum of Art designed by Lina Bo Bardi and located in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Neue Nationalgalerie designed by Mies Van der Rohe and located in Berlin, Germany; Church of Saint-Pierre designed by Le Corbusier and located in Firminy-Vert, France; and the National Assembly Building designed by Louis Kahn and located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

An exhibition of photography, sketches and writing/poetry associated with Smith’s research will be on display in the Giles Hall Architecture Gallery in conjunction with his lecture.

The Harrison Lecture Series concludes for the spring semester on April 13 with a 4 p.m. talk presented by Mark West, an educator and architectural researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, the School of Architecture offers the only curriculum in Mississippi leading to a professional degree in architecture. For more, visit www.caad.msstate.edu and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 2:05 pm