Alison Turner

In Observance of World Architecture Day, Lakeport Plantation and the Alex Foundation will host a reception and lecture with Alison Turner, Director of Community Education and assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Fay Jones School of Architecture.

The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. The event will be held on October 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lakeport located at 601 Highway 142 in Lake Village.

In 2008, Turner began her tenure at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design teaching Design Studio, Environmental Technology and elective courses revolving around issues of sustainability and housing. The same year, she started her own practice, Sitio Architecture + Design, focusing on residential and commercial projects with an emphasis on regional, environmentally responsive, and sustainable architecture. In both her teaching and practice, she is particularly interested in the origin and evolution of regional architecture and how past models can merge with contemporary ideas about the nature of environmentally responsive architecture.

Turner received her Master of Architecture degree from Parsons School of Design where she was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi medal. She received and her Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Kansas State University where she was the graduation speaker representing Interior Architecture. After graduating from Parsons, Turner spent several years practicing in New York City before moving to Fayetteville, where she continues to practice and design.

About World Architecture Day
Created by the Union International des Architects (UIA) in 2005, World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October with the aim of reminding the world about the collective responsibility of architects in designing our future cities and settlements. This year, the UIA has selected “Climate Change Action!” as the theme of the day, seeking to highlight the threat of climate change and rapid urbanization’s role in increasing fuel energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

About Lakeport Plantation
The Lakeport Plantation is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. Constructed in 1859, Lakeport is one of Arkansas’s premier historic structures and still retains many of its original finishes and architectural details. Researching and interpreting the people and cultures that shaped plantation life in the Mississippi River Delta, Lakeport focuses on the Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction Periods. For more information, visit

About the Alex Foundation
The Alex Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, engages youth in architecture, design and the built environment. For more information on the Alex Foundation, visit


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