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

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

Hnedak Bobo Group competition: Greg Scherer and Edmundo Gonzalez

Greg Scherer, shown here, and Edmundo Gonzalez won an Award of Merit for a design they created in the Mexico City studio.

Greg Scherer, shown here, and Edmundo Gonzalez won an Award of Merit 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 third 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

Designs based on the concept of a threshold

Professor Kim Furlong walks through the pink flamingo portion of Kelsey Winters and Natalie Vitek’s project. (Photo by Mattie Bailey)

Professor Kim Furlong walks through the pink flamingo portion of Kelsey Winters and Natalie Vitek’s project. (Photo by Mattie Bailey)

By Mattie Bailey

In early October, a group of interior design students designed and created several large-scale installation projects around Vol Walker Hall, home to the Fay Jones School. In a studio led by Windy Gay, the four teams of two students each created their own take on the concept of a threshold.

The teams were comprised of Jessica Phan of Fort Smith and Jasmine Jetton of Fayetteville; Nathalie Vitek of Vienna, Austria, and Kelsey Winters of Bailey, Colorado; Emma Lambeth of Carthage, Missouri, and Kayla McKean of Little Rock; and Kelsey Fenton of Fayetteville and Elisha Taldo of Springdale. Continue reading

Road Trip: Minnesota

Jackson Meadows, a project in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, by David Salmela. (Photo by Katherine Dombek)

Jackson Meadows, a project in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, by David Salmela. (Photo by Katherine Dombek)

By Juan Martinez & Lauren Evans

At 5:30 a.m. last Wednesday (Sept. 23), our studio traveled north in two vans. Seven hours (in the most comfortable seating/sleeping arrangements ever) later we arrived at our first stop. We saw a couple projects by Eero Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe at the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa. Four hours after that, we arrived at our hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota. More importantly, though, we had arrived at the Mall of America. We ate and participated in pure, childlike fun: roller coaster riding.

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Orientation gave incoming freshmen first taste of university life

A panel of Fay Jones School students answers questions and visits with incoming freshmen and their parents in a summer orientation session.

A panel of Fay Jones School students answers questions and visits with incoming freshmen and their parents in a summer orientation session. (Photo by Julia Trupp)

By Julia Trupp

Each summer, freshman orientation at the University of Arkansas brings new faces and bright eyes, and it sparks a new curiosity about college life.

This year, the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design welcomed many students to its programs. With a warm welcome from Associate Dean Ethel Goodstein-Murphree and other faculty, they were ready to start on their path to academia, architecture and design.

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