Modus Studio Gift Names Seminar and Conference Room in Anthony Center

Modus Studio principals Chris Baribeau, Jason Wright and Josh Siebert.
Photo by Mary Purvis

Modus Studio principals Chris Baribeau, Jason Wright and Josh Siebert.

Modus Studio in Fayetteville is contributing $250,000 to the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas to support the construction of the Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation.

In recognition of their gift, the seminar and conference room in the center will be known as the Modus Studio Seminar and Conference Room, subject to the approval of the chancellor and the Board of Trustees at the University of Arkansas.

Their gift counted in Campaign Arkansas, the university’s recently concluded capital campaign that raised nearly $1.45 billion to advance academic opportunity at the U of A.

Modus Studio is also one of the architects for the Anthony Timberlands Center, which is currently under design, working in partnership with Grafton Architects of Dublin, Ireland, the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize recipients.

Chris Baribeau, principal and co-founder of the company, said, “Modus believes in the purpose of the Fay Jones School to expand the design, research and fabrication capacity of current and future students who will ultimately become our allies in the effort of improving the built environment.”

The Anthony Timberlands Center will serve as the epicenter for the Fay Jones School’s multiple timber and wood design initiatives, house the school’s existing and expanding design-build program and fabrication technologies laboratories, and serve as the new home to the school’s emerging graduate program in timber and wood design.

“The new center truly puts tangible investments to work for the potential impact of new technology in the architecture and construction industry,” Baribeau said. “‘Putting your money where your mouth is’ sends a powerful signal to the state, nation and world about what design thinking can be.”

“Modus Studio epitomizes the excellence in architectural education and in the profession of architecture characteristic of ‘the next generation’ of Fay Jones School and Arkansas graduates,” said Peter MacKeith, dean of the school. “Their commitment to the school’s future, expressed through this gift to the Anthony Timberlands Center project, is a commitment to the coming ‘next generation’ of Fay Jones School students, as well as an emphatic reinforcement of a central tenet of a Fay Jones School education: the linking of creative thought to tangible, material construction. On behalf of the school, I am very grateful to Modus Studio, and in particular, to the Modus principals, Chris Baribeau, Jason Wright and Josh Siebert.”

Baribeau, who is a 2003 graduate of the Fay Jones School and served on the school’s Campaign Arkansas committee, says the company is proud of the school and the initiatives that have been undertaken by Dean MacKeith during his leadership.

“This new facility will expand the real potential of timber and other building materials in a focused way,” he said. “As architects, we know the actual value of this exploration, innovation and playfulness in the built environment.”

Modus Studio was founded in 2008 and is now a firm of 26 working in a self-developed and designed LEED Platinum certified architectural studio and fabrication shop. Baribeau’s fellow principals and Fay Jones School alumni, Jason Wright and Josh Siebert, graduated in 2004 and 2002, respectively.

Modus Studio was named an “Emerging Voice” by the Architectural League of New York in 2018, and the firm was selected as a top 50 architecture firm in the design category by Architect magazine in 2019. Also in 2019, their Evans Tree House project at Garvan Woodland Gardens received four national and regional awards and was a finalist in the Civic and Community Category at the World Architecture Festival.

Since 2014, Modus Studio has sponsored the Warren Segraves lecture in the Fay Jones School. The firm is also contributing custom-designed and fabricated furniture as an in-kind contribution to the Anthony Timberlands Center.

About Campaign Arkansas: Campaign Arkansas is the recently concluded capital campaign for the University of Arkansas that raised a record $1.449 billion to support the university’s academic mission and other key priorities, including academic and need-based scholarships, technology enhancements, new and renovated facilities, undergraduate, graduate and faculty research, study abroad opportunities and other innovative programs. The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide spectrum of disciplines as it works to fulfill its public land-grant mission to serve Arkansas and beyond as a partner, resource and catalyst.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among fewer than 3% of colleges and universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


Jennifer Holland, senior director of marketing communications
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