Brewer rocks in Fayetteville

New wing of Honors College, at University of Arkansas. (RAMSA)

New wing of Honors College, at University of Arkansas. (RAMSA)

Gary Brewer of RAMSA designed a beautiful new wing for an old academic building, the Honors College (imagine that!) at the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville a while back and I am remiss to have allowed readers to wait so long before exhibiting it.

65017Gary designed the excellent Jonathan Nelson Fitness Center at Brown a couple of years ago. While he was working on that he urged me to write of two additions to historic college buildings going up in Fayetteville at the same time, his and the one below, which, predictably enough, speaks volumes about the architecture school to which it is so awkwardly attached. That the students did not threaten to burn the new wing down (I am taking it on faith that they did not) says even more about them than the wing itself. The wing was designed by Marlon Blackwell, and while they are sufficiently pathetic in their own right, the real villains are the stewards of the school of architecture and their lords and masters among the university’s board of trustees. To look at it one can only wonder what drug the stewards of the Honors College must have slipped into the trustees’ tea to get them to agree to something as beautiful as the wing Gary designed. Maybe it had something to do with the first word in the name of the facility.


About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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