FACT is the University of Nebraska, College of Architecture’s Fabrication And Construction Team.  FACT engages creative non-profit clients and communities in collaborations that span design and construction. FACT operates an academic/professional collaborative design lab exploring the complex relationships between thinking (conceiving, designing, theorizing) and making. FACT is a “do-tank”, a lab in which ideas and new knowledge are developed through action as well as thought. Where academic design studios focus on ideation, conceptualization, and representation, FACT studios focus on the creative opportunities embedded in the development and realization of projects. Such a practice allows production to influence design as much as design directs production.


FACT has won numerous design awards including ACSA’s first national Design Build Award in 2013, the 2016 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award, and several national and regional awards from the American Institute of Architects. FACT projects have been published widely. At the core of FACT are projects engaging places of intersection between the production and consumption of culture – where the creators and audiences meet.


FACT was founded in 2001 by Professor Jeffrey L. Day and frequently collaborates with Actual Architecture Company.

Working With FACT

For potential FACT partners:
(to be updated)

For potential FACT students:
College of Architecture students join FACT in 4 ways: 1. in a graduate-level Master of Architecture Design-Research Studio that also enrolls students from other disciplines; 2. through a repeatable elective course offering, ARCH 518; 2. through ad hoc independent study contracts for academic credit; and 3. through paid internships funded by grants or private partners. Actual Architecture Co. staff are involved at various stages of each project to offer support and continuity for projects that span multiple semesters.

FACT & PLAIN are complementary design\build studio initiatives at the University of Nebraska. PLAIN & FACT work together on occasion and alternate years to provide students with consistent opportunities to experience design\build studios in the Master of Architecture program. Follow this link for the PLAIN details.

Project Partners

FACT has worked with  Actual Architecture Co. (formerly Min | Day) on projects for the following organizations, and on several exhibitions and installations. Some partnerships have become longterm relationships spanning multiple projects. In the process of realizing projects, FACT frequently partners with builders, fabricators and other makers such as Cornhusker State Industries, the Nebraska State Prison’s fabrication shop management company.

Art Farm

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Community CROPS

Jazz in June

Neighborworks Lincoln

Salina Art Center

Sandhills Institute

Sheldon Museum of Art

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