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 EPâ€™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
ASSISTANT ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
REGIONAL ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
2018 ASSISTANT ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Casey Brewer Hoffman
Christine Furey Walck
Core Architects Rogers
Taggart north little rock
Huntsville, AL firstname.lastname@example.org
modus studio Fayetteville
Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects Little Rock
AMR Architects Little Rock
Hight Jackson Associates Rogers
MAHG Architecture Fort Smith
Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects Little Rock
Taylor Kempkes Hot Springs
Core Architects Rogers
MAHG Architecture Fort Smith
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! facebook.com/AIAArkansasEmergingProfessionals
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.
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!
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
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 email@example.com
INCLUDE YOUR: Team Members (2) Team Name T-Shirt Size
SEPT 29 2 0 1 7 | F R I D AY | 6 P M CHILDERS ARCHITECT 45 SOUTH 4th STREET | FORT SMITH 72901
PLAY ON A TEAM OF 2
PER TEAM AIAAR BT T-SHIRT FOOD & 2 DRINK TICKETS
JUST THERE FOR THE PARTY AIAAR BT T-SHIRT FOOD & 2 DRINK TICKETS
CHAMPS WILL REPRESENT AIA FORT SMITH AT STATE CONVENTION 2017 FINALS
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
aia convention baggo tournament present the
BAGGO TOURNAMENT THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 CONVENTION EXPO HALL
DURING EXPO OPENING RECEPTION
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
east BAR SPONSOR:
Jeff Herren & Todd Welch Brackett Krennerich Architects
+2017 STATE CHAMPIONS TIM MADDOX & SETH SPRADLING, NWA
2017 state champs, deMx (NWA)
baggo finals at AIA Arkansas convention in hot springs
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Holly Strother: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
session giveaway + AIA Li17 SCHORLARSHIP WINNERS below: Austin Chatelain (left) & Randall Hurban (right) with Michael Lejong(center)
Director of Urban Design Miller Boskus Lack email@example.com
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.
VP of Planning + Business Development Crafton Tull Dave.Roberts@craftontull.com
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.
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 www.pechakucha.org www.facebook.com/ 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or your local aia arkansas section chair or ep committee representative visit: AIA Arkansas | www.aiaar.org AIA Arkansas EPs | facebook.com/AIAArkansasEmergingProfessionals studioMAIN | facebook.com/studio.main.ar
2017 Activities & Events led by or involving the AIA Arkansas Emerging Professionals Committee.