A House of the Ozarks: Fay Jones and the American House

Bringing the private houses of award-winning, Ozark architect, Fay Jones to a public audience.

Awarded the Chancellor’s Discover, Creativity, Innovation and Collaboration Fund for 2017-2018.

Virtually tour the home of Fay Jones, and learn about his architectural philosophy

Virtually tour Fay Jones’ Family home, designed by Fay himself, which has been called the test bed for many of Fay’s architectural ideas. Allowing the user to deconstruct the house from a birds-eye view, or examine historical materials and educational excerpts in a first-person walkthrough; the application provides a multi-modal explorational experience. Complete with photogrmeterized features, original furniture, as well as accurate landscape and lighting, the user is truly able to engage with Jones’ philosophy about the connectedness of the inhabitant, the architecture, and the landscape.

Learn how US Mid-Century Modern architects impacted their discipline, and each other

From Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School, to the Tiny House movement of today, the “Time Map” feature tells the story of US Mid-Century Modern architects and their lasting impact on architecture. Users can trace the development of the Mid-Century Modern movement in the US by viewing a mapping of where Jones and his contemporaries lived, studied, and worked over time (1900-2019), as it’s contextualized with socio political occurrences.

Taking the Experience to the Public

In order to pursue our goal of promoting knowledge of, and bringing the private architecture of local architect Fay Jones to the public, we designed and built a touch-screen kiosk for the application. The kiosk has been featured at various locations including the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design, the Fayetteville Square, and the Fayetteville Public Library.

Looking ahead: housing the human and the sacred

Looking into the future of the project, we strongly believe that a narrative exists about the way in which Fay considers both the human inhabitants and the sacred across his houses and chapels. With further funding, we would like to explore this narrative more explicitly in the application and add more houses and a chapel to support this.