The Design Studio will engage students in the study of housing issues and precedents that incorporate the social, urban, and architectural agendas into a cohesive whole. Student work will be uploaded here throughout the semester.

JAN. 16 – MAY 5, 2018


The Housing Northwest Arkansas Design Studio is one of several advanced option studios taught during the 2018 spring semester at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Studio classes begin January 17 and conclude with final reviews the first week of May. The studio is taught by guest instructors Anne Fougeron, FAIA, of Fougeron Architecture in San Francisco, Kent Macdonald of California Polytechnic State University, and Fay Jones School instructors Alison Turner and Carl Matthews.

Twenty-five fourth- and fifth-year undergraduate students in the professional program are enrolled in the Housing Northwest Arkansas Design studio. Beyond the accomplishment of housing design proposals, based on Northwest Arkansas sites, studio products will include a print publication, a webpage, and a design exhibition.

The design studio syllabus covers mixed-income housing, attainable housing, and mixed-use design concepts through the exploration of housing precedents and design exercises. Students will be introduced to the concept of “Missing Middle” housing and the benefit these housing types create for communities. Student work will be uploaded here throughout the semester.


This advanced option studio will explore the nature of housing in American cities, with an ultimate important focus on the specifics of attainable housing in Northwest Arkansas. This studio is premised on the belief that this exploration of the local and the national will provide students with the perspectives and tools to work effectively in practice both in this region as well as across the nation. This topic is especially interesting because it offers the potential to work at three different scales at once:

> At the scale of a single dwelling unit suited to the needs of daily living for individuals or families;
> At the scale of a building that is home to a community of people;
> And finally, at the scale of a neighborhood and a city, where the building must be considered in the context and scale of its surrounding uses, architectural traditions, social patterns, and overall urban form.

During the semester, the studio will look at the work of several architects and communities across the country. Though these examples work within the existing typologies of multi-family housing, they are also pushing boundaries, producing alternatives that are more sustainable, that are more economically and socially diverse, that provide more opportunities for social interaction, that provide more support for the activities of daily living, and that revitalize or invigorate our neighborhoods and cities.

In addition to precedent studies, research assignments, and short-term focused exercises, the main project for the semester will be the design of a large-scale, multi-family project on one of three sites in Bentonville, Arkansas. One focus will be on understanding the so-called “missing middle,” the mid-density dwelling types that are key to greater access to affordable and attainable housing. In February, the studio will take a field trip to San Francisco, touring local architectural firms and visiting exemplary housing projects.


Anne Fougeron, FAIA
Fougeron Architecture, San Francisco, California

Anne Fougeron has been practicing architecture for over 30 years. In 1986, she established Fougeron Architecture and has built it into a nationally recognized design firm, with works ranging from commercial to civic to residential and multi-family housing. Her work is defined by her innovative use of structure, materials, and natural light. Anne’s vision was to create a practice dedicated to finding the perfect alignment between architectural site, idea and built form. She succeeded. To date, the firm has received over 50 design awards and has been featured in over 200 publications. Anne is committed to advancing the field of architecture. She has served on over 20 design juries, provided pro bono work to various non-profit organizations and given architecture lectures around the world. Anne has also taught architecture design to undergraduate and graduate students at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as the Howard Friedman visiting professor of professional practice from 2003-2004. She received a B.A. in architectural history at Wellesley College, and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Anne Fougeron

Kent Macdonald
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, California

Kent Macdonald has taught in every area of Cal Poly’s architecture program, though focusing primarily on second- and fifth-year studios, lower-division practice activities, and the professional-practice course. He practiced architecture for over 20 years, both on his own and with firms in San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C., with the bulk of this work focused on multi-family housing. This included many affordable and special-needs housing projects as well as large-scale community revitalization initiatives, including several HOPE VI projects. In the early 2000s, he was part of a HUD-sponsored initiative to introduce New Urbanist principles to architects and planners in China. With awards both for his teaching and his architectural work, Kent was strongly influenced by his own instructors, nearly all of them practitioners who were deeply engaged with the world; in turn, he seeks to imbue his students with a sense of the power of architecture to shape the environment for the common good. He received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.

Kent McDonald

Alison Turner
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Community Education, Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design, University of Arkansas

Alison Turner has taught core studio and technology courses for the school for 10 years. She is particularly interested in the origin and evolution of regional architecture and the merging of past models with contemporary ideas around the nature of environmentally responsive architecture. She has taught sustainable design workshops and seminars for the school and leads the School’s efforts in community outreach programs to teach young students about design and the profession of architecture. She coordinates the Fay Jones School’s Design Camp and other outreach efforts across the state. Alison received a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Kansas State University and an M. Arch. degree from Parsons School of Design. She has practiced architecture in New York and Fayetteville.

Alison Turner

Carl Matthews
Interior Design Department Head and Professor, Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design, University of Arkansas

Carl Matthews has been with the school for five years. As head of the Interior Design Department, he provides leadership and vision for the future of the department and oversees its academic and administrative operations, in addition to teaching. He has served on the leadership group for the Interior Design Educators Council and on the board of directors of the Council of Interior Design Accreditation. Carl previously taught interior design and historic preservation at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture, and has lived, worked, and taught in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, London, Italy, Mexico City, and Nebraska. His award-winning projects include large-scale commercial and small residential projects. He received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science in Interior Design from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Carl Matthews


Student work will be uploaded throughout the semester.


The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design invites you to join us for one of our public lectures presented by Housing Northwest Arkansas Initiative visiting professor Anne Fougeron on the topic of attainable housing.

February 12, 2018 / 4:30pm
Public Lecture: Anne Fougeron
Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall
Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

February 13, 2018 / 5:30pm
Public Lecture: Anne Fougeron
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR