Jay Hill, Assoc. AIA
Jay Hill is an architectural designer at Modus. Growing up in Arkansas, he spent a lot of his time at his family's summer cabin in the Ouachita Mountains. As a young child, he remembers visits to their cabin meant a lack of certain indoor amenities, so he was pushed to go outside and explore. He was fascinated with the landscape and how the high peaks, deep ravines and tree canopies created a space that was almost magical. He remembers being inspired to create things out of whatever he could find around him. Through these experiences, he gained a deep appreciation for the natural world and how it inspired him to be creative.
It wasn’t until he was older that Jay discovered architecture and spatial design were the powerful creative outlets that he had been looking for. It was something that combined his love of landscapes, building things, and creative thinking. He attended Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design in 2014. During his time there, he was able to further his understanding of the power that architecture and design have to shape experiences, community, and culture. He was exposed to a broad level of design. From furniture design, to residential homes, to large scale libraries and museums. He was able to team up and work with others on innovative design projects that ranged from recycled building materials to affordable housing and sustainability. He participated in the Housing Northwest Arkansas Initiative which aimed to create innovative affordable housing designs for the ever-growing population of NWA. The work that he and his partner did was put on display at the European Cultural Centre in the 2018 Biennale Architettura in Venice, Italy. He was also able to complete two study abroad programs. The first was a semester in Rome, Italy, where he studied the roots of Western history and design and their impacts on contemporary life. The other was a visit to Finland to research the ever-growing field of cross-laminated timber design. That research led to a semester-long design/build project where he participated in using recycled CLT to create innovative spaces in which students could lounge and study on the University of Arkansas campus.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 2019, Jay joined the Modus team in 2020. He was fascinated by how Modus takes a broad approach to design by designing at all scales, from small connection details to large-scale housing and master plans. He also appreciates the in-house fabrication Modus does and believes it to be an essential part of the design process.
During his free time, Jay likes yoga, running, photography, drawing, product design, traveling, and learning to speak Italian. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and family.