Jeffrey L Day, FAIAProfessor of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
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AB, Harvard College, 1988
MArch, U.C. Berkeley, 1995
Jeffrey L. Day, FAIA is professor of architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Nebraska and founding principal of Actual Architecture Company. In the College of Architecture, Day teaches design studios, seminars and workshops that explore the intersection of design conceptualization and physical construction – the meeting place of theory and practice. At UNL Day runs FACT, an interdisciplinary design-build studio that engages non-profit clients and communities in collaborations that span design and construction.
Day has garnered numerous awards including the Architectural League of New York’s 2016 Emerging Voices, a 2019 Progressive Architecture Award, Architectural Record’s 2009 Design Vanguard, the 2007 AIA California Council’s Emerging Talent award, New Practices San Francisco 2009, Residential Architect’s 2010 Rising Star, 59 national, regional and state AIA design awards, 9 ACSA design awards and more. Day’s work is published in a wide range of journals, design magazines and books. In 2019 Day was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, the highest membership honor in the AIA bestowed on only three percent of member architects.
In the College of Architecture Day runs FACT (Fabrication And Construction Team) is a design-build studio engaging 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 Day’s leadership, FACT operates as an academic/professional collaborative design lab that offers UNL students 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 rudimentary design development, FACT affords 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.
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 and a 2019 P/A Award. FACT projects have been published widely. At the core of FACT are projects engaging places of intersection between the production and consumption of culture – where the creators and audiences meet.