Harding Unveils Renovated Space for Architecture Students and Faculty

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Harding University hosted faculty, staff, students and community members last week for an open house and dedication on the third floor of the Kendall Building. The 6,500 square-foot space has been entirely renovated and will now serve as an educational and collaborative space for students in the architecture program at Harding. Previously, architecture students shared studio space with interior architecture and design students inside Harding’s Olen Hendrix Building.

“We’re pleased to unveil Kendall as a home for students pursuing architecture at Harding,” said Mike Steelman, architecture program director. “This revitalized space not only provides a state-of-the-art environment for learning but also embodies our commitment to fostering creativity, innovation and excellence in our students. Renovating an existing building is a very sustainable way to provide needed space.”

Architecture students entering their second year will now learn and collaborate on the third floor of the Kendall Building. Phase one of Kendall’s renovations was completed in March. Its new offerings include two studios, a digital design lab, materials lab, small classroom, gallery, faculty offices, work room and a reception area. Phase two is scheduled to be completed in summer 2025, updating the remaining 3,500 square feet of space on the third floor, providing two additional studios, a student lounge and collaborative critique space.

“The generosity of our Harding community is monumental in propelling the vision for our programs,” said Harding University President Mike Williams. “This beautifully renovated space stands as a testament to the unwavering passion of our University and its visionary leaders who are dedicated to inspiring purpose and excellence among our students.”

Dr. David Burks, president emeritus, and his wife, Leah Burks, have pledged $1 million to further the foundation of the architecture program at Harding. Their gift will allow the University to furnish a craft lab in the partial basement of the Kendall Building, complete with the latest technology and equipment. The lab will provide architecture students with hands-on experience with fabrication and building components. The Burks’ gift will also endow multiple scholarships for students pursuing architecture at Harding.

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About Harding University

Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and celebrating its centennial year, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body represents students from across the U.S. and more than 50 nations and territories. The University offers more than 110 undergraduate majors; 14 preprofessional programs; more than 40 graduate and professional programs; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australasia, Peru, Europe, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit

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