Herrmann's project selected for national exhibition


Hans C. Herrmann

A project developed by a Mississippi State School of Architecture faculty member is being featured in an American Institute of Architects exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Hans C. Herrmann, an assistant professor at the university, was selected by his professional peers to display the "Valley Retreat" residential project at the Annual Emerging Professionals Exhibition. (The project may be viewed online here.)

Herrmann's project on display at the American Center for Architecture--AIA's national headquarters--continues through the association's annual Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in May.

Herrmann is an AIA member, as well as certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is a licensed architect in New York.

The AIA has been the leading professional body for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. Its Center for Emerging Professionals sponsors the annual national collection of architectural work, art, and designs to help promote the rising generation of architects and designers, as well as to inspire seasoned professionals who will mentor and engage them.

The renovation of an early 1970s Cape Cod style house in New York's Catskill Mountains, Herrmann's project was completed in 2009. Begun as a kitchen renovation, it eventually evolved to a full frame-out project.

Though its square footage is only 1,450, the house now opens itself to a 200-degree view of the surrounding mountains and, in the process, builds volume through a mingling of structure and landscape, Herrmann said.

"The use of natural local materials such as blue stone balances the modern details while reinforcing the sense of connection to nature," he explained.

He said the project "looks closely at the value of renovation and adaptive reuse in architecture, leading to an environmentally conscientious design methodology."

Herrmann currently is pursuing a master's degree in landscape architecture at MSU, with a special interest in landscape-architecture connections.

He earlier earned an associate of applied sciences in architectural technology from the State University of New York, Delhi. He went on to receive a bachelor of science degree in design and a master's in architecture, both from Clemson University.

Herrmann teaches at all levels of the MSU School of Architecture's design studio sequence, with a focus on the building construction technology courses.

Allison Matthews | University Relations

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