Mississippi State University School of Architecture Associate Professor Alexis Gregory is the recipient of the 2023 PCI Foundation Community Engagement Award.
Gregory, who also was awarded a $100,000 grant in 2020 from the nonprofit organization to incorporate precast and prestressed concrete projects into ├█╠Ď┤ź├Żapp architecture courses, was nominated for the award by PCI Gulf South Executive Director Dan Eckenrode.
In his letter to the selection committee, Eckenrode said, ÔÇťAlexisÔÇÖ dedication to community engagement through the PCI Foundation Studio makes her the embodiment of what it means to be a PCI Foundation Studio professor.ÔÇŁ
GregoryÔÇÖs nomination focused on her┬áSpring 2022 work with Collaborative StudioÔÇôthe PCI Foundation StudioÔÇôwhere she developed a project for students to work with Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity to design affordable housing with precast concrete. The organization is currently using ideas developed by the students during the studio, including exploring how precast concrete can enhance the safety and stability of Habitat houses in the event of a hurricane.
Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Amanda Henry said in her letter of support, ÔÇťProfessor Gregory understands the importance of making students aware of what is going on in the community where they attend college and instilling a heart for service that the students will carry with them wherever they end up after graduation. At Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity, we agree that this is an essential component of a complete education.ÔÇŁ
GregoryÔÇÖs teaching and research interests include construction technology and making, community engagement and service-learning, community design, and diversity in architecture.
ÔÇťAlexis has been able to provide students the ability to explore how the design profession serves people through her community-based projects, yet simultaneously she has enabled students to learn about precast concreteÔÇöhow it is made, how it is able to be used, and the designerÔÇÖs role in its formation. This breadth of learning serves future designers well,ÔÇŁ said School of Architecture Director and F.L. Crane Professor Karen Cordes Spence.
Gregory is a registered architect and earned a Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in womenÔÇÖs studies and history from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. Her professional experience includes professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia and 10 years working in various architecture ´Čürms in Washington, D.C.
ÔÇťEngaging community partners as part of my teaching is something I did before receiving the PCI Foundation Studio Grant and is something I plan to continue to do in my future teaching and research,ÔÇŁ said Gregory.
PCI's mission is "to foster educational initiatives focused on innovative approaches to integrated and sustainable use of precast concrete design, fabrication and construction.ÔÇŁ For more information, visit┬á.
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