Facilities Planning Team
Ian Banner, AIA
Director of Facilities Planning and University Architect
Ian was born in England and came to the United States in 1984. He has professional and teaching experience, having worked in private practice from 1982 to 2002 and with the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University from 1987 to 1994. He received tenure and was named associate professor in 1994.
In 2005, Ian was appointed director of facilities planning at the University of Mississippi and retains the position of university architect and director of sustainability.
His academic and professional qualifications are as follows:
- Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
- Member of Darwin College, Cambridge
- Diploma in Architecture (postgraduate degree), Plymouth University
- Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Plymouth University
- Member of the Association of University Architects (2012-present)
- Registered Architect in the United Kingdom, 1987-2008
- Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (1987-2007)
- Member of the American Institute of Architects (1992-present)
- Registered with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (U.S.)
Ian’s areas of architectural expertise are in energy-efficient design and construction, daylighting, passive systems such as thermal buoyancy “stack-effect” ventilation, and environmental impact of building-materials selection.
He has written on architecture and the environment, indigenous houses in the Appalachians, natural lighting in overcast and clear-sky regions, and humidity and ventilation of medieval buildings in northern Europe.
Chad Hunter, AIA
Associate University Architect
Chad began his career as an apprentice carpenter in Louisiana and South Mississippi, working on general construction projects up to $10 million. After graduating from the Mississippi State University School of Architecture with a Bachelor of Architecture, he gained his architectural license and worked for 10 years as a project architect for two architectural firms in Mississippi, managing projects up to $40 million.
Chad was named associate university architect at Ole Miss in 2006. His daily responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Representing the university to coordinate and review capital building projects with outside professionals to maintain campus standards and aesthetics
- Reviewing/approving all modifications to campus buildings through the SAP work order system
- Acting as project architect for internal university projects up to $3.5 million
- Obtaining proposals for and managing small construction projects up to $50,000
- Overseeing document management/filing for campus buildings
- Managing department staff in document production and daily tasks
- Assisting university departments with space planning, programming, facility studies and project budgets
- Conducting code reviews
- Managing general projects
Chad is a licensed architect in the state of Mississippi, member of the American Institute of Architects and holds National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certification.
Lorre Barrett, NCARB
Justin is a 2004 graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College. He worked as an architectural draftsman in the private sector and has more than seven years of experience in the production of drawings. His role in Facilities Planning is to produce drawings and oversee the completion of in-house projects.
After attending Northwest Community College and receiving her associate’s degree in special education, Gazel enrolled at Ole Miss and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Gazel worked in health care for seven years. Her time spent assisting patients with their dialysis needs helped her hone the excellent customer service skills she uses every day while assisting visitors to the Department of Facilities Planning. In addition to working in Facilities Planning, she is pursuing her master’s degree.
Facilities Projects and Space Management Coordinator
Dave has more than a dozen years of higher education experience in housing and dining, facilities, and development. Before coming to Ole Miss, LaBanc served as director of residential operations for housing and dining at Northern Illinois University. He has also worked at Elmhurst College, Baldwin-Wallace College (BWC), the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and in the private sector.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at BWC, his Master of Education degree from Kent State University and his Master of Business Administration degree from BWC.
His responsibilities at Ole Miss include project management and working with the Provost’s Office to manage space.
Ashley is an alumna of the University of Mississippi. She pursued a double major in accountancy and banking & finance while acquiring her Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She brings eight years of financial experience to the Facilities Planning team, including time with the Office of the Mississippi State Treasurer, Lynn Fitch, as an accountant/auditor and with BankPlus in a range of jobs from teller to a commercial lending assistant.
Ashley monitors construction project accounts, prepares reports, and provides financial and administrative support for the business aspects of the department.
- Association of Governmental Accountants
- Mississippi Association of Personnel Administrators
- American Bankers Association
Virginia Pence, AIA, NCARB
Assistant University Architect
Virginia is a graduate of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture. She has nine years of design and construction administration experience. At Ole Miss, she coordinates construction and design projects and ensures the quality of work is consistent with design and construction documents, as well as university and professional standards.
Virginia is a licensed architect in the state of Mississippi and holds National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certification.
After high school, Brad spent eight years in the Mississippi Army National Guard as a tanker. During the last two years of his service, he attended Northeast Mississippi Community College, where he received an associate’s degree in computer-aided design and drafting. Before coming to the university, he designed extrusion tooling and programmed machinery using AutoCAD systems in the private sector. He gained architectural drafting experience while working at a local architectural firm.
Brad’s responsibilities at the university include producing documents for in-house projects, small-project management, serving as the “librarian” of Ole Miss technical drawings and assisting with departmental projects as required.
Tommy is a graduate of The University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He brings over 30 years of experience managing facilities design and construction, including time with MDOT, US Army Corps of Engineers and NASA. Tommy has maintained his Professional Engineer’s license since 1983. At Ole Miss Tommy’s responsibilities include coordination of design and construction of various facility projects.
Kelly received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Mississippi State University School of Architecture in 2005. Her 10 years of professional experience include working for architectural firms in Nashville, Tennessee and Virginia Beach, Virginia on projects for healthcare, higher education, and business office clients. Kelly joined the Department of Facilities Planning at Ole Miss in 2015 where she coordinates the construction and design of projects for various building types and complexity on campus.
Kelly is a licensed architect in the state of Alabama and Virginia. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, holds National Council of Architectural registration Boards certification, and is a licensed LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.