Annette Fortman Vise is the director and lead architect in the Jackson office of Mississippi based architecture firm, McCarty Architects. Vise has experience designing projects ranging from medical suites to municipal complexes.

Vise is civic-minded, lending her efforts to many worthy causes. In the wake of Katrina, Vise led the effort by Mississippi architects to offer free building assessments to anyone who requested one. More than 1,500 homes were assessed at no charge to the owners. At Pass Christian, the city where Katrina made landfall, Vise designed the town’s replacement city hall, municipal court, and library around an open courtyard to create a “living room” for the devastated community, a modern day town square where civic life now thrives.

Vise has a passion for affordable housing and she seeks to make communities stronger through the innovative use of buildings, integration of services, and most importantly, through design based on a deep understanding of what people need at the most fundamental level.

A teacher at heart, she was an adjunct professor in the Mississippi State School of Architecture Fifth Year Program where she enjoyed helping students grow into their full potential.

Vise is a graduate of the School of Architecture at Mississippi State, she holds an MBA from Millsaps College, and she has the equivalent of a Masters Degree from the Education for Ministry program offered by the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. She is licensed to practice architecture in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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