Arkansas architecture and design school represented at Venice Biennale

Arkansas' entry in the Venice Biennale is entitled “Building:Community.” | Contributed photo

The University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design is participating in collateral events of the Venice Biennale with a body of work that represents contemporary Arkansas design culture and thinking at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.

“The opportunity to promote the state and the university at this world architectural venue, through the design work being done by our distinguished faculty in the Fay Jones School, is an opportunity to advance the U of A identity to a significant international audience,” Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz said. “This is an impressive effort, and after such intense and challenging preparations, I'm pleased that the installation is now a reality we can proudly promote and bring to the attention of our community and all those who will visit the Biennale.”

The school’s entry in the Biennale, with a submission entitled “Building:Community,” was in part facilitated by the school’s alignment with the University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Marlon Blackwell Architects. The work highlights the reciprocal nature of their work in terms of practice and service.

“We have worked to design and install an exhibition that is reflective of the school, but also of the university and the state of Arkansas,” Fay Jones School Dean Peter MacKeith said. “Our commitment to the community of the state, as well as to excellence in professional architecture and design education, is the primary driver of our work.”

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