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

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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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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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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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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