Jun 132017

Belinda traveled to Panama City to speak at the Architecture & Engineering STEM Camp on Sunday, June 11th. Her presentation gave insight to our firm’s beliefs and goals, the power of small towns and their ability to inspire, and how architecture can see beauty in our history and hope in our future.






May 162017

Belinda had the honor of presenting the 27th annual Dr. Williams L. and Jean P. Giles Memorial Lecture which was the final lecture of the Harrison Lecture series hosted by the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University on May 5th, 2017. Her lecture focused on the importance of being a Good Citizen Architect – recognizing the unique vernacular of each individual place and honoring and celebrating that in design – and going beyond design to find ways to help enable people to bring their projects to reality. The lecture distilled her ideas and beliefs on how we can better our community not just as architects, but as individuals. 

The lecture was presented in front of the 2017 graduating class of the School of Architecture. She encouraged the graduates to find their individual path, doing what you love, in a place you love, and for places you love. 


Feb 202017

Belinda Stewart Architects celebrated nearly ten years of successful collaboration with Tallahatchie County and the Emmett Till Memorial Commission (ETMC) during our annual Christmas Party on December 19th.  Our entire staff traveled to the Sumner Grille in Sumner, Mississippi to enjoy excellent food and friendship with the Tallahatchie Board of Supervisors, members of the ETMC, County Officials, and other prominent guests. Belinda was delighted to host an event that recognized the tireless work of the many people who  undertook the daunting task of bringing the story of Emmett Till to life with the restoration of the Tallahatchie County Courthouse and other exhibits.   Emmett Till’s violent death in August of 1955 galvanized the American public when details of his horrific ordeal were published in newspapers and magazines all over the United States and abroad. The vicious murder of this 14 year old boy was a catalyst that focused increased attention on racial segregation, inadequate law enforcement efforts, and Civil Rights.  In many ways, Tallahatchie’s efforts to preserve this historic moment in our history has been instrumental in bringing the community together. The ETMC and the restoration and enhancement of the courtroom provide a living artifact within the historic courthouse to help interpret the civil rights movement in Mississippi related to the Emmett Till murder trial of 1955 and the subsequent events of the Civil Rights Movement in America.

The evening culminated in the presentation of several primary source documents (photos, newspapers, and Look, Newsweek and Jet magazines), collected by Belinda specifically to support the ETMC and in honor of the memory of Jerome Little, who helped form the Emmett Till Memorial Commission and who was one of the first African Americans to serve on the County Board of Supervisors.  In addition, BSA staff members were afforded a personal tour of the Tallahatchie County Courthouse and the nearby ETMC exhibits.  Being able to have our Christmas Party at an actual project site, with so many of the people who made this project possible was a fulfillment of our mission and we loved it!  The Courthouse Restoration Project was only a small part of what Tallahatchie County has endeavored to achieve and we are very proud to be included in such a significant Reconciliation Effort.




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