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AIA Arkansas

emerging professionals

our mission The Emerging Professional Committee (EPC) is a fundamental component to the profession and to AIA AR. It provides a conduit for involvement and leadership in concert with but beyond the bounds of the university or traditional firm structure. We believe in informing the Emerging Professional (EP) in Arkansas about the offerings of the AIA, protecting their voices and position on issues that affect them, partnering with other allied efforts and organizations, and empowering EP’s to lead from their unique situation. For many, this is their first time serving on a committee and so it takes some adjusting to get oriented within the format. This in itself is part of empowering. It introduces those on the EP committee to the format and challenges of working together with others for the common good in a not-for-profit environment. We are one part of a much larger statewide EP effort. As a direct offspring of the AIA we are enabled by them financially, by their mission/vision/values and by a seat of the table with the AIA Board of Directors. Our role should always honor this relationship while we do our part in advancing the causes of architecture in


2017 aia arkansas emerging professionals committee 2017 ep projects & activities across the state 2017 budget 2018 ep committee goals how to get involved

2017 aia arkansas emerging professionals committee ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR




Casey Brewer Hoffman

Brandon Ruhl

Christine Furey Walck

Matt Poe

Core Architects Rogers

Taggart north little rock

Huntsville, AL

modus studio Fayetteville


Heather Davis

Adam Day

Randall Hurban

tim varner

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects Little Rock

AMR Architects Little Rock

Hight Jackson Associates Rogers

MAHG Architecture Fort Smith

Amanda Sturgell

Chris Sheppard

Holly Strother

Nate Deason

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects Little Rock

Taylor Kempkes Hot Springs

Core Architects Rogers

MAHG Architecture Fort Smith

Baxter Reecer

Jamey Mcfadden

Kalvin Cundiff

Fennell Purifoy Architects Little Rock

Cahoon Steiling Studio Jonesboro

Architecture Plus, Inc. Fort Smith

interested in being a section representative in 2018? contact brandon ruhl or your current local rep! follow us on facebook to stay up-to-date with all the latest EP news and events!

aia arkansas board of directors retreat

2017 aia grassroots leadership conference

On February 3rd-4th 2017 the AIA Arkansas Board of Directors met

The AIA’s annual leadership conference took place in Washington

at the Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri for the annual Board of

DC for the 2017 Grassroots event. Each year, our AIA Section Chairs,

Directors retreat. This important event is one of the only times the

Associate Director, Executive Committee and Board members attend.

entire board can meet in person to discuss our association.

The group attended leadership workshops, component operations sessions, and visited with Arkansas’ State Representatives to

Representing the Emerging Professionals this year was Casey

advocate for investing in our nation’s infrastructure. Topics discussed

Hoffman, Associate Director and Brandon Ruhl, Assistant Associate

were infrastructure (not just horizontal but to include vertical),


SB521, Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS), and Public-private partnerships (P3s).

During this retreat there were a broad range of topics covered This year the AIA Gulf States Region received the 2017 Component

including 2016 year end treasures report, 2017 budget items,

Excellence Award in Knowledge Sharing Initiatives for the 2016 AIA

membership & legislative updates, strategic planning initiatives, legislative affairs and PAC reports, the Fay Jones School of

Arkansas AIA reps with Congressman Bruce Westermen

Architecture, State convention, and Section briefings. Casey Hoffman

“The jury was impressed with the connection between the profession and the academy, as well as the breadth of collaborations with other communities. The jury commented on the valuable leadership roles and wealth of knowledge established by the emerging professionals.”

gave the Associates’ report which included the 2016 EP Committee recap and plans for a successful upcoming year. view from big cedar lodge

local buzzard bar’s ‘singing cowboy’ at thursday evening’s welcome dinner.

2017 AIA Arkansas officer induction

Gulf States EP Symposium (Fayetteville, AR).

Library of Congress

2017 compenent excellence award, AIA gulf states

boo @ the zoo - hay maze

mural walk 2017

Each year, Little Rock Zoo hosts a week-long, family-fun

Ever since its inception in 2015, the Unexpected Mural Festival has brought world-renowned

festival called “Boo at the Zoo”, where the zoo is open

mural and sculpture artists to Downtown Fort Smith in an effort to revitalize the central

after dark and transformed with Halloween decorations

commercial district. Already touting over 30 installations by 20 artists, for a week once every

and attractions. For the event’s 25th Anniversary

year, Garrison Avenue is visited by thousands of locals, neighboring Arkansans and tourists

in 2016, the Little Rock Zoo recruited AIA Arkansas

from all around the globe enjoying the canvassing of the urban landscape with color, music

Emerging Professionals to design and build their Hay

and imagery. The AIAAR Emerging Professionals Fort Smith Section helped lead 25 local and

Maze to be bigger and better than ever before. The

chapter-wide AIA members along the 2 mile trek to visit all of the different pieces of art. If you

2016 Hay Maze was such a hit that we were asked back

are interested in visiting the murals in Fort Smith, contact Nate Deason at ndeason@mahgarch.

the crew

to design this year’s maze! We again teamed with studioMAIN and ABC Young Professionals to design and construct the maze - moving 400 bales into place in just over an hour! The Zoo and was extremely happy with the completed maze, and our team again had a blast making it happen!

hay bloopers

aia presentation with rusty meyers art by crystal wagner

Local efforts to foster interest, accessibility and pedestrian-friendliness in

art by d*face

downtown areas have dominated the news in both Fort Smith and neighboring city, Van Buren for the last few years. Van Buren Original, one of the organizations heading up these endeavors has in many ways helped to revitalize Main Street with temporary and permanent tactical urbanism experiments. Complimenting a presentation from VBO front man, Rusty Myers, AIA Fort Smith sought to lend a helping hand. Allied with AIAAR Emerging Professionals, AIA Fort Smith participated in VBO’s parklet festival by designing and building a set of urban furniture made of recycled materials that would serve as a “Little Free Library” for the Van Buren Literacy Council located on Main Street. According to reports from

event presentation

VBO, the parklet had so many visitors, the Literacy Council took ownership of the piece and will be using it as a community outreach tool indefinitely.

art by UAFS students

aia section baggo tournament fort smith section RSVP & REGISTER YOUR TEAMS WITH NATE DEASON AT

INCLUDE YOUR: Team Members (2) Team Name T-Shirt Size



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each section held their own tournament with the winners representing their section at the state convention.

Sponsored by Lighting & Power Solutions, the AIA AR Emerging Professionals Fort Smith Section organized the 2nd Annual Baggo Tournament to decide who would represent Fort Smith in the State Championships at the 2017 AIAAR Convention. With loads of BBQ, beer and Baggo, it ended up being a great night of competition and fun. The 2017 Fort Smith champs were Galen Hunter and Michael Lejong of MAHG Architecture.

Fort Smith baggo tournament

northwest section On June 1st at Meteor Gallery near the Bentonville Square, 28 teams competed

finalists Michael Lejong (left) & Michael Lejong (center)

below: NW finalists, Tim Maddox (center) & Seth Spradlin (right) with NWA section representative Randall Hurban (left)

in the 2nd annual Baggo Tournament. The competition was tough and after four rounds it came down to DeMx and Nabholtz teams. Tim Maddox with Seth Spradlin, and Kirk Gober & Rob Dodd were well matched with a tight match but Tim and Seth of DeMx pulled ahead. Winning teammates received 3Form trophies, $100 in gift cards and the honor of competing at the state level during fall convention to represent NW Section. The event was hosted by AIAAR EP and NW Section with food and beverages provided by Wilsonart, EVO, Armstrong, 3 Form and HP Engineering. Also, Will Brand provided some great live music. It was a lively and fun event with diverse participation from our AIA and Allied communities and it appeared that many were already strategizing about an improved game next year!

NWA section baggo tournament

central section Thursday, September 28th, the central section EP’s helped organize and host the 2nd Annual Section Baggo Tournament which was held in the presenting sponsor, Imageworks, showroom. Baggo board sponsors included: McClelland Engineers, Ace Glass, LPS, Alessi Keyes, Malstrom White, Porter Lighting, Baldwin & Shell, and Bancorp South. Amazing appetizers where served by Capers which was sponsored by Imageworks, while the Libations were sponsored by LPS. Musician Will Brand from Fayetteville kept the party alive thanks to the band sponsorship by Nabholz Construction. 16 teams of two competed at board stations inside and outside of Imagework’s showroom. Semifinalist teams were represented by LPS, AMR, ATG, and Evo with the finalists of LPS and Evo. In the end, Evo showed up to win in order to defend their title from 2016.

central section finalists Casey Cerrato (left) & Chris Cerrato (right), EVO

baggo attendees

aia convention baggo tournament present the






The inaugural AIA Arkansas Baggo Tournament took place at this year’s state convention to offer an alternative to the annual AIA golf tournament. +SECTION FINALISTS fort smith


MAHG Architecture northwest


Galen Hunter & Micheal Lejong Tim Maddox & Seth Spradlin deMx Architecture



Zac Cerrato & Chris Cerrato EVO



Jeff Herren & Todd Welch Brackett Krennerich Architects



2017 state champs, deMx (NWA)

baggo finals at AIA Arkansas convention in hot springs

Zac Cerrato

education outreach

1st annual tap room tour, nwa In the Fall of 2017, the EPC initiated

NW Section in partnership with Emerging Professionals

an educational outreach program by

Committee held its First Annual Tap Room Tour on Thursday

distributing a flyer to over 21 school

October 5th in Downtown Springdale with libations, food, music

districts. The emphasis was made to better

and prizes. Around 45 architects, designers, Allied members

connect with schools at are either smaller

and guests participated. Four venues within walking distance

or that are located in more rural portions

were on the down town tour with live music at the last stop at

of the state.

Black Apple. The Tap Tour was preceded by a CEU tour of the

Our goal is to reach out to students by

renovated Apollo Theater. Planning was led by Holly Strother,

speaking to their class, setting up a booth

AIA and Zac Cerrato with EVO. All event proceeds benefit the

at their school’s career day, hosting field

Downtown Springdale Alliance, a non-profit committed to

trips, or attending other events that enable

making the 675 acres at the core of Springdale a vibrant and

us to expose them to the career and

exciting place. Special thanks to sponsors EVO, Entegrity, HP

practice of architecture. Within a week, our program received 6 responses from different school districts that are interested in setting up presentations. In the coming months, we

SaveTEthe Date!




tap room tour great minds drink alike

Thursday October 5

will visit Helena West-Helena, Harmony Grove, El Dorado, West Memphis, Bauxite, and Cabot schools. We have seen how impactful these school visits can be and

First annual Tap Room Tour downtown Springdale with libations, food and music made possible by volunteers with EVO, Emerging Professionals NW, nwaAIA, AIA AR and our generous sponsors. More details including venues and how to get tickets for you and a guest will be coming soon!

how excited the students are to see that architecture is a possibility for them, just as it was for us. It is in that spirit, and with these goals that we are excited to continue this program at an even larger scale next year! If you’re interested in presenting

Engineering, Malstrom White, Meek’s Lumber and DIRRT.

apollo theater tour


emma ave. bar & tap (bar stop #1)

core public house (bar stop#2)

odd soul (bar stop #3), A.R.E. vouchure winner Ashley Mauldin (Crafton Tull)

black apple (bar stop #4) with live music by the squarshers

Randall Hurban: or Holly Strother:

Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors! Title Sponsor Food Sponsors Venue Sponsor

or know any local architects in these locations, please contact Amanda Sturgell at

Trolley Sponsors

litte rock golf tournament - putt putt course

wia golf lessons

Proceeding the 28th Annual Central Section Golf Tournament on May 22nd , the EP’s helped the Central Section host a social

The EPs joined up with the AIA AR Women in Architecture

called Putt Put Beer Garden. The event featured a putt putt course and craft beer garden by local breweries Blue Canoe, Buffalo

group at First Tee for an event on the green. Attendees

Brewing, Diamond Bear, Flyway, Lost Forty, and Stone’s Throw. Delicious heavy hor’dourves where served by the chef’s at Maumelle

received an introductory golfing lesson from Randall Hurban

Country Club and live music by was played by an awesome guitarist sponsored by Paoli. Lots of laughter and fun was had by

(NWA section representative and First Tee Board member).

all and one lucky patron walked away with a Yeti Tundra Cooler stocked full of Lost Forty beers as a door prize. The intent of the

Afterwards everyone headed to the driving range for one-on-

social proceeding the golf tournament was to entice members who might not typically play in the golf tournament to come out

one critic and practice. The event happen prior to the annual

afterwards and have a good time with the typical golfers. The turnout was great and we expect to see some new faces at next year’s

AIA AR Convention Golf Tournament to encourage more

golf tournament. This event was made possible by the following sponsors: Acme Brick Tile & Stone, Malstrom White, Paoli, and KI.

women to participate.

prometric testing center In partnership with the University of Arkansas, NCARB, and Prometric, the state of Arkansas now has another Prometric testing site in NWA. In 2016, the EP Committee discussed the need for a prometric putt putt course

testing center in the Northwest region of the state. The closest testing center for most Northwest Arkansas candidates is over an hour away. With limited seat availability, the Fort Smith testing center was known to fill up fast. A.R.E. examinees would have to drive even further out or across state lines in order to keep up with their testing deadline goals and work schedules. Special thanks to Jared Zuren (NCARB), Prometric representatives, FJSoA+D, and the University of Arkansas Testing Center for helping the EPC make this happen! Testing candidates can now select test center #7533, located in Fayetteville, AR.


lunch at the beer garden

AIA Arkansas Emerging Professionals Committee presents

“Expanding the HSW” Roundtable Discussion

Moderator - John Coleman

Regional Director Entegrity

2017 aia ar state convention

SESSION @ 2017 AIA ARKANSAS STATE CONVENTION Michela Cupello The quality of our built environment is coupled with our communities’ health, safety, and well-being. Obesity, traffic-related injuries, and other epidemics are anchored by design decisions. Meanwhile, the number of neighborhoods in poverty has tripled since 1970, pushing easy solutions beyond reach. In this sessions, panelists will discuss how the unique qualifications of architects compels practitioners to address health, safety, and well-being through the built environment.

UA Commuity Design Center

session giveaway + AIA Li17 SCHORLARSHIP WINNERS below: Austin Chatelain (left) & Randall Hurban (right) with Michael Lejong(center)

Matthew Hoffman

Director of Urban Design Miller Boskus Lack

EP associate director, panelists, and assistant associate director

OBJECTIVES Explore opportunities for architects to regain their role as civic leaders with an expanded approach to health, safety, and welfare. (H) Learn about how development decisions are contributing to the obesity epidemic. (S) Understand the relationship between automobile circulation, emergency response, and safe streets. (W) Examine ways that architects can address gentrification, displacement, affordability, and urban/suburban poverty.

Dave Roberts

VP of Planning + Business Development Crafton Tull


ep happy hour @ convention At this year’s AIA Arkansas Convention in Hot Springs, the Emerging Professional


Committee hosted the third annual “PechaKucha Night @ Convention”. Teaming again with Malmstrom White Co, the EP Committee organized the informal gathering at The Porter House where Emerging Professionals listened to their peers share ideas, works, and thoughts using the rapidly growing PechaKucha 20x20 format: 20 images each for 20 seconds. In its third year, PechaKucha Night at Convention had 3 presenters. Adam Day kicked off the event presenting his work on the Bark Bar, a development project in Little Rock. Adam shared valuable insights for architects-as-developer. Lori Yazwinski SantaRita & Patty Optiz co-presented a fun and informative Star Wars theme presentation explaining the history and goals for AIA AR’s Women in Architecture (WIA AR) group. The evening concluded with Samuel Ellis, entrepreneur and founder of Rock Town River Outfitters. Sam’s passion for kayaking was interlaced with lessons of life and business.

2017 budget


Join us after the Convention EXPO Opening for an evening of quick-fire presentations celebrating the many ways local architects impact our communities beyond their day-jobs. WHEN Thursday October 19th, 8:00pm WHERE The Porter House (Upstairs Party Room) 707 Central Ave Hot Springs, AR 71901 (one block from the Convention Center) FIND OUT MORE AIAArkansasEmergingProfessionals

PRESENTERS Adam Day Bark Bar Development Sam Ellis Entrepreneur Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita & Patty Opitz Women in Architecture

A.R.E. VOUCHER GIVEAWAY TO FOLLOW Drinks & light nibbles provided by

session giveaway + A.R.E. VOUCHURE WINNER

Emerging Professionals and all AIA Arkansas members and guests are encouraged to attend!

Tim Varner

Adam Day, bark bar

Lori Santa-rita & Patty Opitz, WIA

Sam Ellis, entrepreneur

2017 EMERGING PROFESSIONALS BUDGET: fjsoa+d career fair booth nwa wia event convention ep happy hour food/drink - malmstrom white pechakucha presenter gifts a.r.e. voucher giveaway expanding the hsw, roundtable discussion panelists honoraria misc. printing / etc door prize - li17 leadership aia baggo tournament 2017 trophy plaques winner gift cards nwa tap room tour a.r.e. voucher giveaway boo at the zoo - hay maze supplies banner central lr golf tournament food & drink fs holiday party a.r.e. voucher giveaway 2017 annual report

$3,000 $16 $153



sponsored $150 $210 $1000 $82 sponsored $158 $200 $210 $73 $50 $250 $210 $0

2018 ep committee goals: 1. increase overall engagement / awareness of ep opportunities market and define who is an emerging professional

how to get involved

• provide a section partnership and forum to share activities and opportunities taking place throughout the state, creating awareness for ep engagement • showcase ep committee, introduce section representatives, create awareness of leadership opportunity for eps

contact: brandon ruhl, 2018 associate director

ask the right questions: what does our 2018 membership need?

2. educational outreach K-12 and AIAS • support education in all areas of the state • engage local design professionals to particpate

A.R.E. advocacy • be the support network and advocate for arkansas associates looking to become licensed • offer exam prep courses, resources, and support to associate members • provide support and education to newly licensed architects • provide outreach to all university students regarding NCARB, AXP, and A.R.E. 5.0

3. engage our communities pursue opportunities to engage and educate communities throughout the state • examples from 2017 include: boo at the zoo & mural walk

4. push the boundaries provide meaningful discussions on current topics and issues facing our profession

matt poe, 2018 assistant associate director or your local aia arkansas section chair or ep committee representative visit: AIA Arkansas | AIA Arkansas EPs | studioMAIN |

AIA Arkansas

emerging professionals

2017 AIA Arkansas Emerging Professionals  

2017 Activities & Events led by or involving the AIA Arkansas Emerging Professionals Committee.

2017 AIA Arkansas Emerging Professionals  

2017 Activities & Events led by or involving the AIA Arkansas Emerging Professionals Committee.