Nate Villasana's hangar room

Nate Villasana’s hanger room

Nate Villasana says his mom, Ann, needled him every day during high school to pick up his room and hang up his clothes.

He didn’t appreciate it then, but now it’s paying off.

Nate, a junior at the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, recently completed a school project where he built an entire room out of wire coat hangers.

“We were tasked with creating a room where two individuals would interact with each other,” says Nate. “We were constrained by only being able to use two common materials. Our group chose to only use one material, wire coat hangers.”

The project took three weeks to build and was entitled “Reconaedicules” (which refers to construction of a small platform inside a small space, much like a temple or tomb).

Nate, an award-winning wrestler while at Lake Highlands High School, says his goal is to work as a licensed architect after graduation.

“I had no idea what I wanted to be in high school,” he admits, “and I didn’t decide on pursuing architecture until late freshman year. I wouldn’t have made the decision without the encouragement of my dad, Art. Now I couldn’t be happier with the choice I’ve made.”

Oh, and yes, Nate got an A.