CDC Director, Distinguished ProfessorB.S. Arch., Ohio State University
M.Arch., Yale University
Stephen Luoni is director of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center (UACDC), an outreach program of the Fay Jones School of Architecture. Luoni is the Steven L. Anderson Chair in Architecture and Urban Studies and a Distinguished Professor of architecture. Under his direction since 2003, UACDC’s design and research have won more than 80 awards, including two Progressive Architecture Awards, 10 American Institute of Architects Honors Awards for Regional and Urban Design, Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism, American Society of Landscape Architecture Awards, Environmental Design Research Association Awards, American Architecture Awards and a Holcim Award, all for urban design, research, and education.
Luoni’s work at UACDC specializes in interdisciplinary public works projects combining landscape, urban, and architectural design across Arkansas. Current work includes scenario planning that addresses municipal transit infrastructure and urban food production, pocket housing development, neighborhood revitalization, and highway corridor redevelopment. UACDC is also preparing an Urban Watershed Plan for Faulkner County, Ark., in partnership with the Ecological Engineering Group and funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. Through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, UACDC in partnership with Marlon Blackwell Architect is developing a Main Street Revitalization Plan for downtown Little Rock based on the creation of an aggregated arts economy.
Luoni directed production of UACDC’s award-winning book: Low Impact Development: a design manual for urban areas. The work of the UACDC has been published in Oz, Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture, Progressive Architecture, Architect, Places, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’ hui, Progressive Planning, International New Architecture, and Public Art Review.
In addition to being appointed a 2012 Ford Fellow by the United States Artists, Luoni is a recipient of National Endowment for the Arts grants, and has served as a review panelist for the NEA and a resource team member for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design.
He has taught at the University of Florida; the University of Minnesota, as the 2000 Cass Gilbert Visiting Professor of Architecture; Washington University in St. Louis, as the 2006 Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor in Architecture; and the University of Oklahoma, as the 2008 Bruce Goff Chair for Creative Architecture. Luoni has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.