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The mission of AIA Arkansas is to develop, promote and sustain the practice and practitioners of architecture. Everything we do as an organization is guided by that statement.

To develop the practice and practitioners of architecture: AIA Arkansas through the convention and Allied events has offered over 40 CEUs across the state.

To promote the practice and practitioners of architecture: AIA Arkansas has held numerous social events, displayed the competition boards across the state and published the submittals to the design competition entries in both Arkansas Business and social media.

To sustain the practice and practitioners of architecture: AIA AR has been actively involved with legislative committees this year in preparation for next year’s session. We have worked to ensure that policy makers understand the value of architectural licensure and the importance of qualification-based selections. 

With all the work that has been done, and we reflect on the successes of 2018, the year is only a spring board for 2019. When the call to serve comes, please consider joining a committee and making your opinion heard!

It has been a pleasure to serve in the role as AIA Arkansas president this year, and an honor to work with the distinguished group of individuals that make up the Board of Directors along with the great people at Brent Stevenson and Associates.

Happy Holidays and have a safe successful New Year!

Randall Palculict, AIA
AIA Arkansas President
Jackson Brown Palculict Architects
Northwest Section
NW Section Wrapping Up
A Very S uccessful Year

The year started off with a bang and will end with our third annual ASID + nwaAIA Holiday Party at Sassafras Springs Vineyards in Springdale. We are expecting 100 members and guests.

Since the last Columns, we had two Hard Hat Tours and Two Project Tours:

  • Bentonville Recent Projects Tour by Polk Stanley Wilcox in July
  • Arkansas Arts Academy by Hight Jackson Associates in September
  • UA Stadium Drive Residence Halls by Modus in October
  • Theater Squared by Marvel Architects, hosted by Baldwin & Shell in November

We had an evening with Bart Shaw at Theo’s in Rogers. Bart is from Fort Worth and working
towards his AIA Fellowship and presented his work and insights on small projects as a small firm.

Our third annual bowling tournament was a packed house with over 200 participants in the afternoon’s event raising more than $6,000 for UA Scholarships to be distributed early in 2019. A special thanks to the tournament coordinator, B.J. Phillips, and a pre-bowling Lunch and Learn with our title sponsors, Plunkett Distributing, Inc. and Wilsonart.

Our second annual Tap Room Tour with our local AIA AR emerging professionals was a good time in downtown Rogers starting with a Project Tour of the Arkansas Arts Academy by Hight-Jackson Associates and Flintco. A special thanks to our title sponsor, EVO, and additional sponsors HP Engineering, Malstrom White and Porter Lighting.

We have hosted 15 Lunch and Learns this year with our last one being on Dec. 18 by our gold sponsor, BXS Insurance, and a highly involved Allied member, Landon Fisher.

Now, the nwaAIA officers and leadership committee look forward to finding and selecting a new treasurer as our current chair steps down, ushering in a new leadership headed by Anne Hamilton as chair and Steven Baker as co-chair for 2019.

Thomas B Merritt, NW Section Chair 2018
Fort Smith Section
Celebrating Reconstitution in Art & Architecture
The City of Fort Smith observed its bicentennial in 2018. Throughout the city, organizations of every order have worked to celebrate the progress from our origins as a frontier city and fur‐trading center to the ever expanding industrial and cultural center of today’s Fort Smith. The local section of AIA Arkansas is no different. By offering continuing education presentations with architects working on future buildings within the city limits, the Lunch and Learns often turned the discussion toward the advancement of our architectural and cultural fabric.

In addition to monthly CEUs, the AIA Fort Smith Section leadership worked diligently to organize a variety of events to both increase involvement inside the section and in the community.

Some of the CEU presentation highlights from this year included a commentary on the U.S. Marshals Museum, which is under construction on the bank of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith, and a discussion of the work of Texas architect Bart Shaw.

In his showcase, Reese Rowland, FAIA of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, project architect of the Marshals Museum delved into the conceptual design processes and their application in the upcoming venue. The facility will serve as a national center of heritage and legacy, and will include large exhibit and gallery spaces that will shine light on pivotal times in our national and local history. This project is already bringing investment and increased interest in the region, and will no doubt become yet another building worth celebrating in Fort Smith.

Next, Bart Shaw, AIA, from the nationally‐renowned firm Ibanez‐Shaw Architecture, inspired us all with discussions about his work and service across the state of Texas.

Local efforts to foster interest, accessibility and pedestrian‐friendliness in downtown areas have dominated the news in Fort Smith in recent years. 64.6 Downtown and the Unexpected Project has been pursuing many of these goals. Since its inception in 2015, the Unexpected Mural Festival has brought world‐renowned mural and sculpture artists to downtown Fort Smith in an effort to revamp the central commercial district. Already touting over 30 installations by 25 artists, for a week once every year Garrison Avenue is visited by thousands of locals,
neighboring Arkansans and tourists from all around the globe enjoying the canvassing of the urban landscape with color, music and imagery.

In 2018, AIA Fort Smith and emerging professionals led 20 local and chapter‐wide AIA members along the two-mile trek to visit all of the different pieces of art. Sponsored by the Design Resource Group of Arkansas, a lively happy hour was held afterwards at the Core Taproom. If you are interested in visiting the murals in Fort Smith, contact Nate Deason at for a map.

Finally, sponsored by Lighting & Power Solutions, AIA Fort Smith Section’s third annual Baggo Tournament was held to decide who would represent Fort Smith in the state championships at the 2018 AIA AR Convention. With loads of BBQ, beer and Baggo, it ended up being a great night of competition and fun. The 2018 Fort Smith Tournament was championed by the team from Porter Lighting.

It’s been a great year for education, leadership and outreach for the Fort Smith Section of AIA Arkansas. We’re all eagerly looking forward to what is in store for 2019!

Nate Deason, AIA, LEED Green Associate
AIA Fort Smith Program Chair
MAHG Architecture, Inc.

Having just turned ten years old as a firm it is only natural to humbly reflect on how, who, and what got us here. If there’s one thing realized and proved time and time again, it’s that modus studio is nothing without its people. And as we forecast about our future and how to continually push the design envelope even further, we believe deeply in elevating within to continue to open up new ideas and take actionable design direction. By empowering our team we increase our depth of work in research, material study, planning, building typologies, community outreach, and many other possibilities. With that said, we’re pleased to announce the following team members have advanced to Associate at modus studio:  Cory Amos, AIA Leanne Baribeau, AIA Matt Poe, AIA Michael Pope, AIA ; and  Aaron Speaks, AIA .

These architects are passionately connected to their work at modus. They consistently demonstrate a steadfast commitment to the high level of design that our clients deserve. Each of these Associates has individual areas of expertise while still embodying the values and culture of our collaborative studio atmosphere. We salute these individuals and the entire modus team for their impact in shaping what we like to call “the modus experience.”
Waiting Spaces and Improving
Patients’ Experience, Perceptions
At the recent AIA state convention in Hot Springs, Today’s Office sponsored a CEU entitled Thinking Outside the Bus Station: Seating Preferences and Perceptions in Waiting Spaces. It was presented by Isabel Bolt, regional healthcare manager for Steelcase.
Healthcare experiences are made up of more than moments of care – they also include the time spent in transition between those moments. The CEU explored if and how a well-designed waiting space can improve the patient experience and perceptions of quality of care. Insights gathered by Steelcase Health – through primary and secondary research with a major academic medical center – showed that addressing seating preferences and behavior impacts environmental perceptions in the healthcare journey.
During this breakout session, those attending the course learned about seating choice and arrangements across multiple settings, discovered a new tool for capturing and visualizing spatial behaviors, and explored the relationship between built environment affordances and perception.
Historically, transitional spaces are often uncomfortable and unappealing, increasing feelings of stress and negative mindsets. With a focus on patient and family experience and satisfaction, designing spaces that deliver value is paramount. Creating spaces that give patients and their families choice and control can indeed improve perceptions of care and translate into higher patient satisfaction scores which affect hospital revenue

Roark Perkins Perry and Yelvington Architects
seeking architectural intern or graduating student

Roark Perkins Perry and Yelvington Architects is looking for an architectural intern or graduating student. We would ask that the applicant have some experience with Autocad and Revit. This is a fun place to work and we offer great benefits and a great opportunity for advancement.

If interested please contact David Perry or Tim Yelvington at 501-372-0272.
Garver’s Facilities Design Team
seeking Architect in Fayetteville

Garver’s Facilities Design Team is seeking an Architect  in Fayetteville, Arkansas to be responsible for design duties, preparation of construction documents and development of project specific details. This Architect will have the opportunity to cross-collaborate with multiple business divisions within Garver; more specifically, this Architect will support Garver’s Water Design Center with architectural design and detailing for a variety of facilities.
This position will also support general design needs of the Facilities Design team and will have the opportunity to work with a diverse team of architects, engineers, planners, and designers. 
To find out more or to apply for this role, please reach out to Caitlin Pennington, Corporate Recruiter, at .
Garver is an employee-owned multi-disciplined engineering, planning, architectural, and environmental services firm, headquartered in North Little Rock, Arkansas. With over 500 employees spread between 26 offices in 11 states, Garver offers a wide range of services with a focus on aviation, construction, facilities design, federal, power, transportation, survey, and water. Garver sits in the top 150 of the Engineering News-Record's prestigious Top 500 Design Firms list, while Zweig Group has recognized Garver as a best firm to work for in the multi-discipline category for five consecutive years. Garver will celebrate a century of doing business in 2019. For more information, visit
Marlon Blackwell Receives Distinguished Honors

Marlon Blackwell, a professor in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, has been recognized with two distinguished architecture and design honors, and his design firm has been selected among the top 50 in the United States for 2018 by  Architect  magazine.

He has been elected to the National Academy of Design and was inducted at a ceremony in New York, and he has been selected as a Resident Fellow by the American Academy in Rome for spring 2019. Blackwell is a Distinguished Professor and holds the E. Fay Jones Chair in Architecture in the Fay Jones School at the University of Arkansas.

The National Academy of Design, which was established in 1825 as the New York Drawing Association, continues to promote the fine arts in America through exhibition and education. This lifetime honor connects recipients to a lineage of more than 2,300 of the leading artists and architects who have influenced American culture over the past 200 years.

National Academicians are professional artists and architects who are elected to membership by their peers annually. They represent some of the most distinguished practitioners in their respective fields, with architects that include Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano, and artists that include Marina Abramovic, Winslow Homer, Cindy Sherman, Maya Lin, Louise Bourgeois and Robert Rauschenberg. 

Each year, the director of the American Academy in Rome invites distinguished artists and scholars from around the world to reside at the Academy for periods generally ranging from one to three months. During their stay, residents serve as senior advisors to Rome Prize recipients and to other members of the Academy community. As part of his fellowship, Blackwell will also present a lecture.

Two late Fayetteville architects and faculty previously were also selected as fellows — James Lambeth in 1979 and Fay Jones in 1981.

Blackwell joins 15 others at the American Academy in Rome focused on history, art, photography, archaeology and other areas, who are spending various residencies this fall, spring and into next summer.

In addition,  Architect  magazine has listed his Fayetteville-based design firm, Marlon Blackwell Architects, among the top 50 all-around design practices in the nation for 2018 in its annual survey. The firm, which was founded in 2000, was ranked 50th overall in the "Architect 50." The ranking is a composite assessment of the firm's accomplishments in business, sustainability and design; the firm ranked fifth in design.
Design Camp
Summer 2019

Design Camp offers the chance to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, tours and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas.
Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative studio environment while they walk with you through the design process. 

Design Camp Locations:
The Fay Jones School is hosting Design Camp sessions in six cities across Arkansas in summer 2019:
Fayetteville Camp 1
June 10-14 — University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
(entering grades 9-12) 
Design Camp I
Design Camp II (Advanced)
Overnight option

Little Rock Camp 
June 17-21 — Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
(entering grades 9-12)
El Dorado Camp 
June 17-21 — South Arkansas Arts Center, El Dorado
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
(entering grades 9-12)

Hot Springs Camp
June 24-28 — Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
(entering grades 9-12)

Wilson Camp 
June 24-28 — The Delta School, Wilson
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
(entering grades 3-12)

Bentonville Camp 
June 24-28 — Scott Family Amazeum, Bentonville
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
(ages 6-11)
Fayetteville Camp 2
July 8-12 — University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
(entering grades 9-12) 
Design Camp I
Design Camp II (Advanced)
Overnight option

Registration will open in February.
Cost for the day camps in Fayetteville, Hot Springs, Little Rock, Wilson and El Dorado is $325 through April 8 and $375 from April 9 to May 24. Registration will end May 24. Cost for the Bentonville camp at the Amazeum will be $265 for Amazeum members and $335 for nonmembers.  
Need-based full and partial scholarships will be available.
Find more details on the Fay Jones School website
American Institute of Architects
Arkansas Chapter

318 S. Pulaski Street
Little Rock, AR 72201