Category Archives: Fay Jones School of Architecture

Design Thinking: A Human-Centered Approach

Imagine a situation. Think of a quirk or need that might exist. Design a product to address that need using the materials at hand – in this case, twigs gathered from Old Main lawn. This is the basic framework for … Continue reading

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Tackling Sprawl: A Tale of Two Downtowns (And a New Kind of Neighborhood)

Cookie cutter spec houses, car-choked highways, big box stores, The Mall: Suburban sprawl is gobbling up the once-vast American landscape, and now, we’re running out of room. This is especially true here in Northwest Arkansas, where the population has more … Continue reading

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Road Trips: Arkansas Landscapes

“What makes a class honors?” We get that question a lot. And the answer is … it depends. In an engineering course, “honors” may be your entrée to working with the molecular beam epitaxy machine, which allows you to grow … Continue reading

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A Taste of Istanbul: Sketching Connections in Turkey and Denmark

Last summer Adel Vaughn and 12 other landscape architecture students from the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design explored two very different 21st century cities: Istanbul, Turkey and Copenhagen, Denmark. For Adel, a sketchbook assignment became much more than … Continue reading

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Building Hope in Uganda: 5 Questions for Mary Nell Patterson

Mary Nell Patterson is a fourth-year landscape architecture student. Initially, she was a pre-nursing major, but after realizing that her fear of needles wasn’t going away anytime soon, she started to take notice of what she did love: art and … Continue reading

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Hannah Breshears: Presenting in Providence

Honors architectural studies and history graduate Hannah Breshears recently presented research at the Environmental Design Research Association’s annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island. While there, she received valuable feedback from other participants and rubbed shoulders with big names in the … Continue reading

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Work in Progress: Mapping the Honors Thesis with Hannah Breshears

Honors architectural studies and history double major Hannah Breshears chronicles her personal thesis timeline, from spark to finish in the first ever Honors College info graphic.

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Hannah Breshears: Dispatch from Rome

Honors architectural studies/history major Hannah Breshears is studying urban design this summer in London, Paris and Rome. She is a regular Honors College blogger.  A word to the wise: If you’re traveling anywhere in Europe, wear decent shoes! I’ve been abroad … Continue reading

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Sketches from Mexico: Lucky McMahon

  The Studio and Mexican Modernism class absolutely helped me move toward my goals! I am particularly interested in “sites of memory” and the layering of histories and how that affects contemporary space, especially in Mexico City. All of our … Continue reading

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Study Abroad: Postcard from Greece and Turkey

Hannah Breshears, honors history and architectural studies major, encountered both ancient monuments and contemporary economic woes last summer in Greece …..

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