FACT

FACT

FACT (Fabrication And Construction Team) is an allied practice and frequent collaborator of the architecture firm Min | Day. FACT engages design intensive projects and creative, non-profit clients in collaborations that span design and construction.

In such a practice the boundaries that conventionally distinguish the profession of architecture are eroded to admit other disciplines ordinarily thought of as distinct. Under Professors Jeffrey L. Day & E.B. Min’s leadership, FACT operates an academic/professional collaborative design lab that offers students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Architecture and at the San Francisco Art Institute a forum for exploration aimed at expanding the understanding of the complex relationships between thinking (conceiving, designing, theorizing) and making.

FACT is a “do-tank”, a lab in which ideas and new knowledge are developed though action as well as thought. Where academic design studios focus on ideation, conceptualization and a little design development, FACT offers students an opportunity to focus on the creative opportunities embedded in the development and realization of projects. Such a practice allows production to influence design as much as design directs production.

FACT engages students in three ways: 1. through a repeatable course offering for academic credit; 2. through ad hoc independent study contracts for academic credit; and 3. through paid internships funded by grants.

Min | Day staff are involved at various stages of each project to offer support and continuity for projects that span multiple semesters. Typically, Min | Day initiates projects and introduces students into the process after schematic design. In some cases, Min | Day collaborates with students from the beginning of design (for design-build and master planning efforts). For projects extending beyond the semester schedule, Min | Day provides continuity and maintains project momentum between periods of student engagement. In all projects, FACT places particular emphasis on digital design and digital fabrication techniques.

FACT has worked with Min | Day on ongoing projects for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Art Farm, The Sheldon Museum of Art, Community CROPS, the Salina Art Center, Theaster Gate’s ReBuild Foundation and on several exhibitions and installations. In order to realize projects, FACT frequently partners with builders, fabricators and other makers such as Cornhusker State Industries, the Nebraska State Prison’s fabrication shop management company. FACT has won numerous design awards including ACSA’s first ever national Design Build Award in 2013. FACT projects have been published widely.

Partners & Clients

Art Farm

Artist and writer residency in rural Nebraska.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Acknowledged as one of the premier artist residencies in the world, the Bemis Center supports artists working at the leading edge of contemporary practice.

Salina Art Center

Our mission is to create exchanges among art, artists, and audiences that reveal life.

Community CROPS

Community CROPS helps people work together to grow healthy food and live sustainably.

Sheldon Museum of Art

he Sheldon Museum of Art preserves, presents, and builds its collections, giving special emphasis to American art through cultural and transnational study.

Theaster Gates / Rebuild Foundation

Rebuild Foundation catalyzes neighborhood revitalization through artistic practices, individual empowerment and community engagement.

Faculty

Jeffrey L Day

Jeffrey L Day

Professor & Director of the Architecture Program
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