Alumni Design Awards

2017 Fay Jones Alumni Design Awards

Note: Our Fay Jones Alumni Design Awards ceremony has moved to a fall event.

* 2017 contest deadline extended to Aug. 28!

Any architecture, landscape architecture or interior design graduate of the University of Arkansas may submit projects for the 2017 Fay Jones Alumni Design Awards. An awards ceremony will be held on Oct. 26 on the U of A campus in Fayetteville. These projects will be featured in our alumni magazine, on this website and through social media. Submissions must be anonymous

All design work is eligible for the alumni design awards competition — architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, urban planning, historic preservation/adaptive reuse, industrial design, furniture and product design, set design, etc. Work must have been designed in 2012 or later.

Design categories:

  • architecture
  • interior design
  • landscape architecture
  • regional and urban design
  • historic preservation
  • unbuilt projects
  • visual studies (photography/drawing)
  • product/furniture design
  • virtual constructions

Submission criteria:

Deadline extended:
Entries must be submitted online no later than Aug. 28, 2017.


Michelle Parks
Director of Communications

Elizabeth Miller
Special Events Manager/Public Programs Coordinator

2016 Fay Jones Alumni Design Award Winners

Designs for residential, educational, religious, cultural, commercial, medical, retail, office, historic, recreational and public urban spaces, as well as jewelry, were among 37 projects vying for recognition in this year’s alumni design awards competition. Entries came from Fay Jones School alumni practicing in cities around the state of Arkansas, as well as in Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, California, Florida, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New York. A seven-member jury chose six projects for accolades – resulting in one Honor Award for Landscape Architecture, two Merit Awards for Architecture, and Honorable Mentions for Historic Preservation and Interior Design, Historic Preservation, and Unbuilt Projects.

The alumni design awards were announced and presented Oct. 13, 2016, during the school’s Fay Jones Alumni Design Awards and Awards for Distinction event, held at the Inn at Carnall Hall on the University of Arkansas campus.

Coy Talley won an Honor Award for Landscape Architecture for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, located in Dallas, Texas. Talley (B.L.A. ’84) is with Talley Associates in Dallas.

Chad Young won a Merit Award for Architecture for the Mid America Museum at the Donald W. Reynolds Center, a project in Hot Springs. Young (B.Arch. ’95) is with Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson, Inc., in Little Rock.

Gregory Uekman won a Merit Award for Architecture for the Dorough Residence, a private residence in Bethesda, Maryland. Uekman (B.Arch. ’80) is with Uekman Architects, in Bethesda.

Aaron Ruby won an Honorable Mention for Historic Preservation and Interior Design for the Dyess Welcome Center and Gift Shop. Ruby (B.Arch. ’97) is with Allison Architects, Inc., in Little Rock.

Timothy Maddox, Ben Cruce, Kara Pegg McElyea and Mitch Woods won an Honorable Mention for Historic Preservation for Texas Corner, a 104-year-old Fort Smith building that once faced demolition. Maddox (B.Arch. ’02), McElyea (B.Arch. ’07) and Cruce (B.Arch. ’11) and Woods (ARSTBS ’12) are all with deMx architecture in Fayetteville.

Jonathan Boelkins won an Honorable Mention for Unbuilt Projects for Light Weight House, a design proposed for downtown Bentonville. Boelkins (B.Arch. ’04) is with Jonathan Boelkins Architect in Fayetteville and is also an instructor in the Fay Jones School.

Jury members for the awards competition included three faculty members of the Fay Jones School: Ken McCown, professor and head of the Department of Landscape Architecture; Arian Korkuti, visiting assistant professor in interior design; and Christopher Meyer, visiting assistant professor in architecture. Three additional alumni jury members were Kelly Walsh (interior design); Allison Thurmond Quinlan, principal at Flintlock Architecture and Landscape in Fayetteville; and Lori Santa-Rita, principal at Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects in Fayetteville. 

(Read more about these projects on Newswire.)