Architecture Director and FACT Students Win ACSA Award

Architecture Director and FACT Students Win ACSA Award

By Kerry McCulloug...

January 21, 2016

Bemis Project

Congratulations to Jeffrey L. Day for being selected as a 2015-2016 Architectural Education Award Winner by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) in the Collaborative Practice Award category for the Bemis Gardens project. This award honors the best practices in school-based community outreach programs. The collaboration involved the Bemis Center, UNL FACT students, Jeffrey L. Day and E.B. Min from the California College of the Arts.

About the Project

FACT (Fabrication And Construction Team, a student design-build workshop), in collaboration with Min | Day, has designed multiple projects for the Bemis Center, an artist-in-residence program and contemporary art gallery in Omaha, Neb. Bemis Gardens functions as an outdoor garden for the Bemis Center and the public. The project emerged from an exhibition and design laboratory organized to solicit input from artists, professionals, FACT students, and the public. The event also served as a forum for speculation on the urban future of the contemporary art center and its relationship with downtown Omaha. After each weekly public charrette, FACT students developed design proposals and presented the work at the next public forum. After 12 weeks, FACT built the garden in collaboration with local artists. Materials include recycled steel, salvaged brick, crushed recycled brick, and native plants.

About the Contest

Each year, ACSA honors architectural educators for exemplary work in areas such as building design, community collaborations, scholarship, and service. Award winners inspire and challenge students, contribute to the profession’s knowledge base, and extend their work beyond the borders of academy into practice and the public sector.