Within the curricular context of an excellent professional design education, we provide a vital school-wide design culture and educational environment grounded in critical design thinking, multidisciplinary collaborations and civic engagement.
More than 70 years ago, the first classes in architecture were offered at the University of Arkansas in response to the post-World War II building boom. Today, the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design enjoys a national reputation for producing outstanding designers who are well prepared for professional practice. We emphasize drawing as a tool for seeing, and many of our students excel in hand rendering, something of a lost art in the age of digital design.
Established in 1976, the landscape architecture program focuses on design and site planning, balancing the art and science of designing on the land. Today, our students enjoy a strong placement rate in prestigious firms across the United States. We emphasize urban design, wetland reclamation, and the design of public memorials, parks and gardens. Because we learn from and build upon the past, history and landscape preservation are important components of the program. Read more details on this Landscape Architecture Fact Sheet.
The Interior Design program at the University of Arkansas originated in 1978 in the Department of Home Economics. After several changes, the degree became the Bachelor of Interior Design (B.I.D.) in 1999-2000, and the program joined the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design in July 2010. The curriculum emphasizes design as a creative, problem-solving skill. Students learn to create environments that meet diverse human needs and desires. Our interior design student achievement data is available here.
Third- and fourth-year interior design students recently designed and produced a website as a requirement for their Professional Practice for Interior Design course, as a portion of the marketing and public relations learning module. A link to the website has been sent to principals and design directors at 300 top interior design/architecture firms. Professor Carl Matthews, Interior Design Department Head, was the instructor for the course.