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

Park(ing) Day brings nature, awareness to Dickson Street

Matt Talley, an architecture student, Sarah Moll, an interior design student, and Mary Nell Patterson and Hannah Moll, both landscape architecture students in the Fay Jones School, set up their "parklet" for Park(ing) Day on Sept. 18.

Matt Talley, an architecture student, Sarah Moll, an interior design student, and Mary Nell Patterson and Hannah Moll, both landscape architecture students in the Fay Jones School, set up their “parklet” for Park(ing) Day on Dickson Street on Sept. 18. (Photos by Mattie Bailey)

By Mattie Bailey

Nature invaded a small area on Dickson Street last Friday. University of Arkansas students took a metered parking space and temporarily transformed it into a public park for community members to enjoy. They were celebrating national Park(ing) Day, which happens the third Friday in September.

“This is something new for us. We wanted to create a more livable space for people and to bring the community together,” said Hannah Moll, a landscape architecture student in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the university and president of the student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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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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Vertical studio students study Mount Kessler with Randy Hester

 

A painting created during the studio.

A painting created during the studio.

By Bailey Kestner

Randy Hester, former landscape architect and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is this year’s Garvan Chair and visiting professor in landscape architecture for the Fay Jones School of Architecture. In this role, he has traveled to Fayetteville several times throughout the fall semester to participate in studio sessions and design critiques with students and faculty members. On Sept. 22, he joined landscape architecture students and their professor on Mount Kessler in southwest Fayetteville.

“It’s unusual for a city to have that kind of natural resource so close to where everyone is living,” Hester said. “The mountain seems like the old and wild Arkansas, but is actually only 10 to 15 minutes away from campus.”

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