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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 20, 2014

“...even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream.” 51 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered a speech at what he correctly called “the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” It’s fitting that today, on the day set aside to honor Martin Luther King Jr., our first African-American president will begin his second term. It’s one more step toward the realization of Dr. King’s dream, a realization that’s drawn ever closer but is still very much a work in progress. (more...)

UA Art + Design District

January 17, 2014

The University of Arkansas Department of Art offers professional art education in a number of fields. Thanks to recent growth, the department is looking to expand their sculpture and foundations facilities onto a 3.8-acre satellite site that will be shared with the Geosciences Department. el dorado is collaborating with modus studio to design a singular facility for these programs and to establish a long term master plan for a light industrial site in a promising location. (more...)

the el dorado architects foundation

December 31, 2013

It is easy for we architects to overestimate the influence of our craft. Each building becomes a talisman, capable of transforming the world. It is a sweet and powerful conceit, this belief that good design can change the world. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that buildings without people are vain constructions. Change is not in the object, but in the confluence of architecture and occupant. Good design is only as powerful as the community that experiences it. (more...)

Architect Magazine’s Annual Design Review

December 20, 2013

  Congratulations to award winners in Architect magazine's 2013 Annual Design Review. The program recognizes a sampling of the best in American architecture produced each year. As a judge on this year’s panel, David joined a prestigious group of architects in Washington DC to review nearly 250 submissions from all corners of the United States. (more...)

Allen Eskew, FAIA: 1948 – 2013

December 19, 2013

We were deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and mentor Allen Eskew on December 10th. A founding principal of Eskew, Dumez Ripple Architects, Allen had taken a shine to el dorado In recent years, helping us to map out the trajectory of our firm. His enthusiasm for our operation has truly helped clarify and improve it. Our respect for him was anchored in many aspects: in his expertise with regard to the business of design (and his willingness to share that expertise with us); in the quality and consistency of EDR's architecture; and in his ability to communicate with equal parts passion, wisdom and humor. (more...)