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

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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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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Contemplating the Relationship of Time in Design

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By Bailey Kestner

Around six years ago, Jennifer Webb said that she had a discussion amongst her first-year interior design students about the impact that time has on interior space. Webb thought there was no impact, but her students corrected her.

“I realized they were completely right in that it did have impact,” said Webb, an associate professor of interior design in the Fay Jones School. “We never talk about it – the explicity of time.”

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Turner’s Master Class with Murcutt

Alison Turner and her team meet with Glenn Murcutt (left) at Riversdale.

Alison Turner and her team meet with Glenn Murcutt (left) at Riversdale.

By Alison Turner

I recently returned from a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a participant in the 2013 Glenn Murcutt Master Class in Australia. This was a 14-day experience led by Glenn Murcutt and three other tutors – Peter Stutchbury, Richard Leplastrier and Brit Andresen – that brought 33 people from 17 different countries together to collaborate in teams of four on architectural projects.

We spent the first week at the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre at Riversdale on the shore of the Shoalhaven River, which was designed by Glenn Murcutt, Wendy Lewin and Reg Lark. At Riversdale, we had the rare opportunity to work, eat, sleep and socialize in Murcutt’s award-winning building.

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Future designers vie for recognition in interior design competition

This computer rendering shows the entry space for a university educational center designed by interior design students Emily Owen and Paige Mason.

This computer rendering shows the entry space for a university educational center designed by interior design students Emily Owen and Paige Mason.

By Liana Bugslag

A project developed by Emily Owen and Paige Mason, fourth-year interior design students in the Fay Jones School of Architecture, was selected as a finalist in the Southwest region for the Interior Design Educators Council’s student design competition.

The Southwest region of the IDEC competition had a total of 18 submissions, and the top three were sent on to the national IDEC Annual Conference, held in February in Indianapolis, to compete with projects from other regions. The 15 finalists from five regions were displayed during the conference. Their faculty sponsor was Marie Gentry, associate professor of interior design.

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