Vol Walker Hall & the Steven L. Anderson Design Center
American Institute of Architects
Photo courtesy of Timothy Hursley
College of Environmental Design lecturer and alumnus David Jaehning (M.Arch '17) was project architect on a building that recently won an American Institute of Architects (AIA) award. The Vol Walker Hall & the Steven L. Anderson Design Center at the University of Arkansas has been awarded for best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type.
The project’s restoration and modern addition has expanded studio, fabrication, and administrative facilities for the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. The project united the school’s departments under one roof for the first time and as such, fosters a collaborative, cross-disciplinary learning environment.
The architecture project includes two major components: the renovation of the 1935 Vol Walker Hall, which has housed the campus library and design school since 1968; and insertion of the contemporary 37,000-square-foot Steven L. Anderson Design Center. The design team accommodated the new addition by employing unused stack spaces.
"The expanded facility unites all three departments – architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design – under one roof for the first time, reinforcing the School’s identity and creating a cross-disciplinary, collaborative learning environment,” the AIA Jury said in a statement.
David Jaehning is the founder of David Jaehning Architect, an international architecture studio based in San Francisco. The studio emphasizes local typologies and historic forms, as it develops contemporary projects within public and private realms.
This dedication to historic forms is prevalent in the Fay Jones School project as the design team worked meticulously to restore the Indiana limestone cladding and steel windows of Vol Walker Hall. Old and new elements are bridged through glass-enclosed stairwells that bathe the central spaces with daylight.
"Consistent orchestration of natural light and a sparse but powerful use of red to make landmark moments in the building is invigorating,” the AIA Jury said in a statement.
Read more about the project here.