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

Fayetteville Design Camp: Inside the studio

Students work on their projects in studio in Vol Walker Hall on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville.  (Photo by Julia Trupp)

Students work on their projects in studio in Vol Walker Hall on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. (Photo by Julia Trupp)

By Julia Trupp

Anthony Sysoukrath sits at his workplace, charcoal pencil in one hand and his smart phone – with a Minecraft computer game-filled screen for inspiration – in the other.

It is the last day of the Fay Jones School’s annual Design Camp. Students are creating their models for “Maple Creek,” this year’s outdoor classroom project, and Sysoukrath is worried that he is not good at drawing and cannot get the scale right for his model.

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Summer 2015 design camp is largest in school’s history

Students tour the Arkansas Architectural Archives, Special Collections, University of Arkansas, located within Mullins Library. (Photo by Noah Billig)

Students tour the Arkansas Architectural Archives, Special Collections, University of Arkansas, located within Mullins Library. (Photo by Noah Billig)

By Julia Trupp

Toys such as Erector construction sets, Legos and Lincoln Logs are essential parts of many childhoods. Spending hours making simple structures can inspire the future architect in a seven-year-old.

Each year, the Fay Jones School hosts Design Camp, a weeklong event for students going into ninth through 12th grades who are curious about architecture and design. This year, three camps were held in Fayetteville, Hot Springs and Little Rock.

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Architecture students research Wright at the Avery Library in New York

From left, Paulina Paz, Ryan Hamrick, Ayesha Erkin, Grant Gilliard, Andrew Schalk, Kyle Heflin, Alex Little and Brian Robison pose for a photo on the campus of Columbia University during a class field trip to New York.

From left, students Paulina Paz, Ryan Hamrick, Ayesha Erkin, Grant Gilliard, Andrew Schalk, Kyle Heflin, Alex Little and Brian Robison pose for a photo on the campus of Columbia University during a class field trip to New York in September. (Photo by Greg Herman)

By Ayesha Erkin

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Bachman Wilson house in 1954 for a site in Millstone, New Jersey. After changing ownership several times, and, in part due to repeated flood damage, the house was sold, disassembled and  moved to Bentonville, Arkansas, where it is being reassembled as part of the collection at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

A fifth-year option studio, led by Gregory Herman, associate professor of architecture, currently is preparing interpretive and documentary materials for the house. As part of our objective to learn more about Wright and the Bachman Wilson house, we went on a field trip to Columbia University’s Avery Library Archive in New York City, where Wright’s papers are held.

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A passion for the environment drives Dunn’s designs

Katie Dunn works at her desk in the Edmondson Legacy Studio in Vol Walker Hall. The first-ever finalist for the Truman Scholarship from the Fay Jones School of Architecture, she is a fourth-year student in the professional landscape architecture program and is in the Honors College. (Photo by Bailey Deloney)

Katie Dunn works at her desk in the Edmondson Legacy Studio in Vol Walker Hall. The first-ever finalist for the Truman Scholarship from the Fay Jones School of Architecture, she is a fourth-year student in the professional landscape architecture program and is in the Honors College. (Photo by Bailey Deloney)

By Bailey Deloney

Katie Dunn, the first-ever finalist for the Truman Scholarship from the Fay Jones School of Architecture, is a fourth-year student in the professional landscape architecture program. Also an Honors College student, Dunn is one of two University of Arkansas students who were named Truman finalists.

Growing up in Muskogee, Okla., a small town just outside the Cherokee Nation, Dunn had the opportunity to learn about her Cherokee heritage from a young age. With 16 siblings on her father’s side and nine siblings on her mother’s side, Dunn explained, “I grew up around a huge family, and one that was very loud.” Family gatherings at the Dunn household were anything but boring, she added.

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Rudzinski leads architecture classes in Delta

Russell Rudzinski talks with students at Lakeside Middle School in Lake Village, Ark., during Architecture in the Classroom sessions earlier this month. (Photo by Charles Giles)

Russell Rudzinski talks with students at Lakeside Middle School in Lake Village, Ark., during Architecture in the Classroom sessions earlier this month. (Photo by Charles Giles)

Professor Russell Rudzinski traveled to the southeast Delta region of Arkansas earlier this month to instruct Architecture in the Classroom sessions at Lakeside Middle School in Lake Village and at Dumas Junior High School in nearby Dumas.

On this same visit, Rudzinski also led Art in Architecture, an educational event hosted by the Alex Foundation and Guachoya Cultural Art Center at the art center in Lake Village, Ark. Rudzinski is a clinical assistant professor of architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

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Student panelists field orientation questions

Current Fay Jones School students, from left, Andrew Schalk, Grant Gilliard, Shane Maloney, Laura Cochran, Shaelyn Vinson, Isaac Boroughs and Mary Nell Patterson offer their advice to incoming freshmen during an orientation session in June.

Current Fay Jones School students, from left, Andrew Schalk, Grant Gilliard, Shane Maloney, Laura Cochran, Shaelyn Vinson, Isaac Boroughs and Mary Nell Patterson offer their advice to incoming freshmen during an orientation session in June.


By Emily Lo

The last summer orientation sessions for the Fay Jones School wrapped up this week, closing out 18 sessions conducted by the school’s advising center since May.

Freshmen students and their parents were eager to hear about what university life would be like. A panel of students from the school offered some unique advice rooted in their own trials, successes and overall experiences. This summer’s student panelists included Andrew Schalk, Grant Gilliard, Shane Maloney, Laura Cochran and Shaelyn Vinson, all architecture students, Isaac Boroughs, an interior design student, and Mary Nell Patterson, a landscape architecture student.

In some June sessions, student panelists said they realized many of the freshmen were nervous about the program and their first day of school, but they reminded them that all the other freshmen would be in the same boat.

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