The deMx office took a field trip to Hale County, Alabama to visit Rural Studio, the design-build program of Auburn University’s architecture school seniors. Because everyone at deMx graduated from the University of Arkansas, where the architecture program planned field trips for their students, the deMx team planned the trip as a team-building exercise and opportunity to look at quality architecture designed on little-to-no budget.
The group left on Thursday and spent time in Helena, Arkansas, where they hung out and played pool at the Juke Joint. The next day, Friday, they drove to Oxford, Mississippi and hung out with an Auburn senior who was about to graduate, and they had a small tour so the deMx group could see the sights of the city. The next day, the deMx group went to Newbern and Perry Lake Park, which had a tower that visitors could climb to see the surrounding landscape. Everyone made it up except Tim - he is not a fan of heights. After departing, they went over to Memphis and hung out on Beale Street, and we think you can imagine the success of the weekend from there.
On the way home that night, they visited Fayetteville-based architect Marlon Blackwell’s Shelby Farms, which opened to the public on Monday morning, so they got an exclusive sneak peek. A few members of the group also stopped by the Edmonson house design in Forrest City by the late Fay Jones.
While the trip was educational, it was also meant as a nice way to celebrate the work and success of deMx's year.