Object Lesson in Architectural Record

The November 2013 issue of Architectural Record features six noteworthy buildings set on university campuses across the country. The article titled “Object Lesson” is about the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture built by one of its own, while combining the campus’ historical elements with modern flare.
Fay Jones School of Architecture – University of Arkansas

When the university was granted $10 million to update the School of Architecture, it came with a very tight schedule, requiring initial plans to be submitted within weeks. With the limited amount of time available, school leaders turned to its own architectural department.

A combination of old and new
Marlon Blackwell has been a professor at the University of Arkansas for over twenty years and serves as the current chair of the architectural department, all while owning his own private firm. His firm, Marlon Blackwell Architects, created a minimalist design for the Jones building and added a four-story 35,000-square-foot attachment to the current library.

Click here to view the building’s blueprints.

By fusing the old structure with the new wing, the distinct architectural languages and building methods are made clear. The building has new studio, classroom, and administrative spaces, and also features a 200-seat auditorium, model shops, a gallery, and a rooftop terrace. In addition to the architecture department, the building houses the landscape and interior design departments. Completed in August 2013, the overall project was 90,955 square feet and cost $32.4 million.

Learn more about the Fay Jones School of Architecture.

Below are companies also involved in the development and construction of the Fay Jones School of Architecture. To see blueprints and learn more about this project or the other six university educational facilities featured in Architectural Record’s November issue, click the photo below.

Click here to learn more about the six university buildings.


Architect: Marlon Blackwell Architect
Associate Architect: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
Engineers: Kenneth Jones & Associates; TME; Development Consultants
Consultants: Crafton Tull Sparks; Clarkson Consulting
General Contractor: Baldwin & Shell Construction Company


Roofing: Johns Manville Roofing
Green Roof: LiveRoof
Fritted Glass: Viracon
Glass Doors: Oldcastle Building Envelope

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