The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design has received a $1 million planned gift to create an endowed chair for the college’s proposed Master of Design Studies concentration in health care and wellness.
Fort Smith native Greg Roberts has made the gift, which was counted among the University of Arkansas’ $1.45 billion Campaign Arkansas capital campaign. Roberts is a U of A alumnus who gradauated in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.
He subsequently moved to Houston, becoming an expert in health care design and sustainability. His practices led to the creation of the “Green Guide for Health Care,” the first health-based sustainable-building best-practice tool.
The endowed chair is designed to direct the Fay Jones School’s proposed health care design concentration, and the endowment will help to attract and retain qualified individuals.
“Greg Roberts’ extraordinary gift contributes significantly to the ‘design futures’ of the Fay Jones School,” dean Peter MacKeith said in a statement. “The gift confirms our overall commitment to addressing issues of imperative value to society and culture through design, but also directs our attention specifically to the responsibility design has in shaping the built environment to the needs of public health and wellness. This is both a timely commitment and a prescient one, and Greg’s keen foresight on behalf of the school cannot be overstated. His loyalty to the school and his belief in the continuing strength of the architecture and design education he received here has been an inspiration to me; this superb gift will be an inspiration for the next generation of our students, as well as an illuminating signal of the school’s future. On behalf of the school, I am deeply grateful to Greg Roberts.”
Robert is an AIA fellow and a retired principal with WHR Architects.