Frank Doughty architecture

The work of Mid-Century Modernist Frank Doughty will be the subject of the Architecture and Design Network’s Friday Tuesday, Jan. 8, event at the Arts Center. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m.; the talk, “The Unexpected Modernism of Frank Doughty,” will follow at 6 p.m.

Doughty worked in the office of Arkansas native Edward Durrell Stone in New York and E. Fay Jones in Fayetteville, and later was on faculty at the University of Arkansas School of Architecture. Doughty, 88, still lives in Fayetteville.

The event is part of the June Freeman lecture series and is free. From the ADN press release:


Though primarily remembered for his 23 years as an architecture professor at the University of Arkansas, Doughty also created a small but meaningful body of work that injected Modernist architecture into the most unlikely of places in a profound and elegant way. Located mainly in the Arkansas Delta region, Doughty’s work drew inspiration from the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Edward Durell Stone as well as the surrounding rural landscape. He uniquely designed his buildings in such a way that they simultaneously stood out and blended into their individual settings. The excellence of construction and high level of architectural skill present in each of the structures has made them hidden gems of Modernist design in predominantly traditional areas.