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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A conversation with Caity Malloy

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

Caity Malloy is a fourth-year architecture student who has spent the spring 2016 semester studying in Rome. This photo was taken in front of the Barcelona Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was the German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

By Lauren Randall

Caity Malloy is a fourth-year architecture student with a minor in planning and marketing. She has spent her spring semester abroad at the University of Arkansas Rome Center studying the Foro Italico. She said that the most rewarding part of being an architecture student for her is “physically producing something that originated as an internal thought.”

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Hospitality design project creates temporary installations

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By Natali Ashigova

For a few hours on an afternoon in mid-February, hospitality installations filled the second floor gallery in Vol Walker Hall. The projects in this temporary display were created by 17 interior design students in the Fay Jones School, who were presenting their works as part of a hospitality design project conducted by Jennifer Webb, an associate professor of interior design.

Students were inspired by everyday events in hotel settings, and each student explored the activities, feelings and senses evoked by these activities, Webb said.

“Whether it is a bad night sleep on a bed that is too hard; it’s a hug from someone you have been waiting to see for years; it’s packing a suitcase that won’t close or that springs open when you want to zip it; it’s dancing at a special occasion,” Webb said. “We have students that wanted to explore affairs, physical intimacy between partners, aspects of falling in love.”

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Hnedak Bobo Group competition: Carla Chang and Juan Alvarez

Carla Chang, shown here, and Juan Alvarez won an Award of Excellence for a design they created in the Mexico City studio.

Carla Chang, shown here, and Juan Alvarez won an Award of Excellence for a design they created in the Mexico City studio. (Photo by Mattie Bailey)

By Mattie Bailey

Five University of Arkansas students in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design were recognized earlier this semester for their design work through the eighth annual Hnedak Bobo Group International Design Competition. This is the second of three installments that explore their design projects and their study abroad experiences in Rome and Mexico.

Russell Rudzinski, director of the Latin American Urban Studio, said this was the program’s second year of looking at larger scale questions about the historic center of Mexico City. Their studio focused on the University of the Cloister of Sor Juana, which is a private university located in a former convent. The convent was founded in 1585 by joining two private residences, and it has undergone many changes over the years. The university was founded in 1979, and took over the site. Continue reading

Hnedak Bobo Group competition: Laura Cochran

Laura Cochran won an Award of Excellence for a design she created during her study abroad semester at the University of Arkansas Rome Center.

Laura Cochran won an Award of Excellence for a design she created during her study abroad semester at the University of Arkansas Rome Center.

By Mattie Bailey

Five University of Arkansas students in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design were recognized earlier this semester for their design work through the eighth annual Hnedak Bobo Group International Design Competition. This is the first of three installments that explore their design projects and their study abroad experiences in Rome and Mexico.

Laura Cochran, a fifth-year architecture student from Kansas City, Missouri, was among the students who studied at the University of Arkansas Rome Center last year. During both the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters, the theme for the Rome Center studio was the Aurelian Wall, as students focused on urban analysis, interpretation, documentation, synthesis and intervention. The Aurelian Wall was a defensive wall of imperial Rome, with its construction begun in third century A.D. It was about 12.5 miles long, 13 feet thick and 24 feet high. In fifth century A.D., the height was raised to 35 feet, and 380 towers were added. Continue reading