Jason Bigelow, Campus Architect and Director of Physical Plant
Jason Edward Bigelow is the Campus Architect & Director of Physical Plant for USM Gulf Coast. A native of Columbus, Mississippi and a graduate of the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, Bigelow worked several years in Clinton, Mississippi for William Easom, architect, gaining vast experience in high school and elementary school planning and construction, as well as historic preservation. He continued his internship and early licensed career with Larry Singleton and Associates architects in Jackson, Mississippi, completing several schools, athletic facilities, churches and homes around the State.
In 2005 Bigelow was hired by the developer of Bald Head Island, North Carolina, to plan, design, and supervise construction of several residential and commercial projects on the resort barrier island. Working in this environment, he quickly gained expertise in hurricane resistant coastal construction, luxury home design and coastal plant and landscape design. His time in North Carolina culminated in 2010 with his designing and constructing his own home in Southport, which was featured in the July/August 2010 issue of Coastal Living magazine.
In September, 2010, looking to bring together his knowledge of coastal construction with his experience working and designing for Mississippi college campuses, Bigelow accepted a position with the University of Southern Mississippi at their Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Since then, Bigelow has coordinated and facilitated the post-hurricane Katrina renovations and new construction, and has completed a campus master plan, which will tie together all new future construction, the historic front campus corridor, and the extensive grounds of historic live oaks, camellias, and lawns.