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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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

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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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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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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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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Summer Design Camp offers chance to explore design craft early

Participants of Design Camp sit in front of a waterfall at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs.

Participants of Design Camp sit in front of a waterfall at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs.

By Lauren Robinson

Ted Mosby might tell you that even though it takes a lot of time and effort to become a practicing architect – four, maybe five, seasons – the profession is rewarding.

It might not be rewarding in such a way that practicing architecture means designing a skyscraper in New York City, where Mosby, a fictional character on the television show How I Met Your Mother, works and lives. However, future architects, landscape architects and interior designers might very well have the opportunity to use their skills in locales around the world.

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