Photo by Timothy Hursley
Photo by Timothy Hursley
Photo by Timothy Hursley
Photo by Timothy Hursley

Marc Manack Wins AIA Arkansas Merit Award

Knowlton School alumnus Marc Manack’s (BSARCH ’01, MARCH ’05) firm, SILO AR+D, has won a 2015 AIA Arkansas (AIA|AR) Merit Award for its Mood Ring House project. From the award announcement website:

“Mood Ring House is an exploration of how architecture can have different day and night presences with distinct experiential and spatial qualities. The “T” shaped volume of this inexpensive house, located in an eclectic neighborhood near the town center of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is born out of a mix of site limitations and opportunities, economic constraints, and programmatic requirements.” Slate magazine design blog, The Eye, recently published a photo essay of Mood Ring House, which, while it "looks like a regular house during the day—transforms into a wild year-round light installation that changes colors like a mood ring after dark."

Manack is founding principal of SILO AR+D, which is based in Cleveland, with offices in Fayetteville. The firm showcases work that explores architectural presence through the effects of appearance, reappearance and disappearance and views the architectural act of becoming visible as a form of theater, a performance born of energy harnessed from public environments. 

AIA Arkansas (AIA|AR) honor five projects in its 2015 Design Awards. The awards program selects works of distinction by its members and bring public attention to outstanding examples of architecture. For 2015, three merit awards and one citation award were given out.

Last year, Manack was named one of eight winners of the annual Emerging Voices program by the Architectural League of New York.

Manack, AIA is also an Assistant Professor in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. He has taught previously at the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design and at the Knowlton School.