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 conversation with Dylan Hursley

Dylan Hursley is a fourth-year architecture student who has spent the spring 2016 semester studying in Rome.

Dylan Hursley is a fourth-year architecture student who has spent the spring 2016 semester studying in Rome.

By Lauren Randall

Dylan Hursley is a fourth-year architecture student from Little Rock. He is currently studying abroad in Rome learning about the urban design and layout of the city.

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A conversation with Caity Malloy

Caity Malloy is a fourth-year architecture student who has spent the spring 2016 semester studying in Rome.

Caity Malloy is a fourth-year architecture student who has spent the spring 2016 semester studying in Rome. This photo was taken in front of the Barcelona Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was the German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

By Lauren Randall

Caity Malloy is a fourth-year architecture student with a minor in planning and marketing. She has spent her spring semester abroad at the University of Arkansas Rome Center studying the Foro Italico. She said that the most rewarding part of being an architecture student for her is “physically producing something that originated as an internal thought.”

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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

Winning student work in seventh Hnedak Bobo International Design Competition

 

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Kyle Marsh, from left, Colby Ritter and James Vo won awards for their study abroad design work in the seventh annual Hnedak Bobo International Design Competition, held in fall 2014. Vo and Marsh won Awards of Merit, receiving $1,000 each, and Ritter won the top award, the Award of Excellence, receiving $3,000. All three are fifth-year students in the professional architecture program. (Photo by Michelle Parks)

By Bailey Kestner

Three students in the Fay Jones School of Architecture created winning designs in the seventh annual Hnedak Bobo International Design Competition, held in fall 2014. The competition recognizes work designed by students while in studios abroad.

James Vo and Kyle Marsh won Awards of Merit, receiving $1,000 each, and Colby Ritter won the top award, the Award of Excellence, receiving $3,000. All three are fifth-year students in the professional architecture program.

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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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La vida en Roma

 

Professor Laura Terry took this photo, titled “Roman Orange,” on one of the small streets leading to the studio at Palazzo Taverna in Rome this spring.

Professor Laura Terry took this photo, titled “Roman Orange,” on one of the small streets leading to the studio at Palazzo Taverna in Rome this spring.

By Liana Bugslag

At almost 3,000 years old, Rome is often referred to as “The Eternal City.” For Laura Terry, the magnitude of history within the city is why it is so important for students at the University of Arkansas to experience one of the world’s epicenters of architecture. With deep traditions preserved alongside the evolution of an urban area, it is a twist on a modern city entwined with some of the world’s oldest history.

Through the University of Arkansas Rome Center, the Fay Jones School of Architecture and the university have had a presence in Rome since 1986. Architecture students are required to study abroad as part of their five-year professional degree plan.

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