Judy Brittenum retires from teaching after 27 years at U of A

Judy Brittenum taught landscape architecture courses at the University of Arkansas for 27 years. She retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

Judy Brittenum taught landscape architecture courses at the University of Arkansas for 27 years. She retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

By Lauren Randall

Judy Brittenum retired from the University of Arkansas in May 2016, after a 27-year teaching career here.

She left campus as an associate professor in the department of landscape architecture. Her guidance, passion for education and involvement in her field had a significant impact on her students.

“Students are the lifeblood of our future, and a teacher affects eternity,” Brittenum said. “When you look back on all the lives you’ve touched, it’s self-fulfilling, but at the same time it’s a kind of giving that you really can’t get other ways.”

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Isaac Boroughs wins national interior design award

Isaac Boroughs won second place in the national 2016 Interior Design Education Video Competition for his video “Solutions for People: Interior Design.”

Isaac Boroughs won second place in the national 2016 Interior Design Education Video Competition for his video “Solutions for People: Interior Design.”

By Lauren Randall

Design is a part of everyday life, from the comfort of one’s living room sofa to the structure of a downtown building. While the goal of interior design is to create an object, space or environment that is aesthetically pleasing, it also seeks to improve the health, safety and welfare of a client or an individual inhabiting a space. Design is first about the person, not the product.

Isaac Boroughs explored these ideas in his video, “Solutions for People: Interior Design,” which won second place in the national 2016 Interior Design Education Video Competition. This competition was sponsored by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Continue reading

Professors win 2016 Emerging Voices Award from Architectural League of New York

Mood Ring House, in south Fayetteville, which uses LED lighting to exhibit different personalities from daytime to nighttime. (Photo by Tim Hursley)

Mood Ring House, in south Fayetteville, which uses LED lighting to exhibit different personalities from daytime to nighttime. (Photo by Tim Hursley)

By Lauren Randall

As winners of the 2016 Emerging Voices Award, Frank Jacobus and Marc Manack spoke in the Architectural League of New York’s lecture series in April. The portfolio they had submitted for the award highlighted work they’d collaborated on over the past few years.

“It’s just really a great honor for us,” Manack said in the spring. “We began our collaboration just three and a half years ago, so to get this recognition is huge for our practice.”

The Architectural League’s Emerging Voices program recognizes firms based in the United States, Canada and Mexico with “distinct design voices” that influence their disciplines and the built environment. “They seek architects who are leaders in their field – not only by the projects they build, but how they philosophically position and represent their work,” Manack said. Continue reading

A collaboration in a Fayetteville walnut grove for Earth Day 2016

The installation was inspired by and is located on a walnut grove that once belonged to Noah Drake, a former University of Arkansas professor. (Photo by Michelle Parks)

The installation was inspired by and is located on a walnut grove that once belonged to Noah Drake, a former University of Arkansas professor. (Photo by Michelle Parks)

By Lauren Randall

Faculty and students collaborated to create a landscape installation inspired by a walnut grove that once belonged to Noah Drake. The project was conceptualized and designed as a collaboration between three professors and evolved into an outdoor learning opportunity for students.

Students from landscape architecture and local high schools met early the Saturday after Earth Day 2016 at the walnut grove in Fayetteville to construct a design created by Edmund Harriss, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, together with Carl Smith, an associate professor of landscape architecture, and Angela Carpenter, a visiting assistant professor, both in the Fay Jones School. This was a chance for students to become more exposed to the possibilities of landscape architecture, particularly in collaboration with other disciplines. The installation followed several months of design and conceptualization between the three faculty members. Continue reading

Wass wins Donghia Foundation competition with Phoenix hotel design

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By Alex Gladden

Christine Wass sat on a bench in between two buildings, rocks crunching beneath her feet. She pushed a dark strand of hair behind her ear and was transported back to Phoenix.

Wass, a fourth-year interior design student in the Fay Jones School, submitted her hotel design, based in Phoenix, Arizona, to a competition held by the prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation. She and another interior design student, Jessica Baker, were among 15 students to recently receive the Foundation 2016 Senior Student Scholarship Award. Each was awarded $30,000 by the Donghia Foundation. Continue reading

Baker wins Donghia Foundation competition with Cleveland hotel design

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By Alex Gladden

This past summer was a whirlwind for Jessica Baker, a Fay Jones School student who won the Angelo Donghia Foundation 2016 Senior Student Scholarship Award.

Baker, now a fourth-year interior design student, and a fellow interior design student, Christine Wass, were among 15 students to recently receive this scholarship award.

Baker completed a design internship this summer with Edge of Architecture, Inc. in Coral Gables, Florida, with a concentration in hospitality, interior, and architectural design. She’d just begun that internship when she learned that she’d won the award, and she continued to work on her competition project there in a space the firm provided her. Baker said they were all excited for her when she received the award. Continue reading

Overnight option added for Design Camp students

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For the first time, students in the Fay Jones School’s Design Camp in Fayetteville this summer had the option to stay at the camp overnight.

Out of the 54 students who attended Design Camp this year June 13-17, 23 of them participated in the residential program, staying in a residence hall on the University of Arkansas campus.

“If it wasn’t for the overnight option, I wouldn’t have been able to be here,” said Zane Colvin, a high school senior from Wynne. “I’m really glad they made it an option.”

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Design I students gain basic experience at Design Camp

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By Alex Gladden

For each of the past three summers, students attending Design Camp in the Fay Jones School have designed an outdoor classroom project.

This year, the students who met on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville were divided into two groups: Design I, for beginners, and Design II, for those with more experience and knowledge.

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Design Camp students take field trip, observe architecture

Students approach Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel.

Students approach Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel.

By Alex Gladden

During the weeklong Design Camp session held on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville last week, students and their instructors took one day for a field trip. They visited both Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which allowed them to experience world-class art and architecture.

“Many have already been to these places, but it’s a different perspective,” said Noah Billig, a Design Camp instructor.

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A conversation with Dylan Hursley

Dylan Hursley is a fourth-year architecture student who has spent the spring 2016 semester studying in Rome.

Dylan Hursley is a fourth-year architecture student who has spent the spring 2016 semester studying in Rome.

By Lauren Randall

Dylan Hursley is a fourth-year architecture student from Little Rock. He is currently studying abroad in Rome learning about the urban design and layout of the city.

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