University of Arkansas Phi Mu women’s Fraternity House

(with Michael G. Imber Architects)

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Phi Mu is the first of two sorority houses which Core was selected as the Architect of Record. Collaborating with Michael G. Imber Architects, the house will creates a new image for Phi Mu on the University of Arkansas Campus, anchoring the corner of Maple and Leverett. The prominent corner lot was an inspiring challenge for the overall design. The massing of the house addresses both faces of the popular intersection, each in a unique manner. This creates a relatable human scale on each facade that also reflects the aesthetic hierarchy of the building in its detailing. The house completed in-time for Rush Week, allowing the sorority to have full usage for new recruit activities. Core worked hand-in-hand with the contractor from schematic design to ensure that the design intent was met while still being within budget.

Phi Mu was the 2019 Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s John Staub Award winner for the Institutional Architecture category.