In 2009, the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and the University of Arkansas Press began a collaborative publishing venture. A documentary DVD and a research volume were the first fruits of this initiative. Sacred Spaces and Just Below the Line are available for purchase through the UA Press. For the LID manual, directly contact the University of Arkansas Community Design Center.
Read more about: Sacred Spaces: The Architecture of Fay Jones
Read more about: Just Below the Line: Disability, Housing, and Equity in the South
Read more about: LID: a design manual for urban areas
In summer 2014, two more books were produced: Architects of Little Rock: 1833 – 1950 ($34.95 paper) and Of the Soil: Photographs of Vernacular Architecture and Stories of Changing Times in Arkansas ($44.95 cloth). The first is a compilation of the stories of the architects behind the city’s important historic buildings. The authors, Charles Witsell and Gordon Wittenberg, are retired principals of the Little Rock architecture firms Witsell, Evans, and Rasco and Wittenberg, Delony, and Davidson, respectively. The second is based on photographs that author Geoff Winningham took during the 1980s when working with Cyrus Sutherland, then a professor of architecture in the Fay Jones School. Winningham and Sutherland traveled extensively throughout Arkansas, locating and photographing examples of southern vernacular architecture.
Forthcoming books include one by Peter Eisenman, an American architect who established his New York firm in 1980. His book will be based on three public lectures he gave here in September 2007.
Another planned volume is by Glenn Murcutt, an Australian architect who won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2002. He gave a lecture in April 2009 as part of the school’s renaming celebration; it was his last lecture in North America.
A collection of essays about Fay Jones and his architecture is also in the works. People who live in Jones-designed homes, including Roy Reed, a former journalist and university professor, and Ellen Gilchrist, an author and professor, have contributed essays. Architecture professors David Buege and Jeff Shannon, along with Marlon Blackwell, Distinguished Professor and head of the school’s architecture department, worked together on another essay.