AIA Arkansas - 2020 In Review

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01. AIA ARKANSAS

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02. LEADERSHIP

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03. STRATEGIC PLAN

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04. VALUE

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05. ADVOCACY

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06. OUTREACH

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07. ALLIED SPONSORS

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08. IN MEMORIAM

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A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Looking back on this year, I am encouraged by the energy and tenacity of our membership and their engagement with our chapter. We have enjoyed many positive actions and remained optimistic through an otherwise uncertain time. Future leadership in this organization remains strong with inspiring emerging professionals leading the charge in molding the future of our chapter. Advocacy and the sharing of knowledge remained a top priority as we fulfilled our mission to develop, promote, and sustain the practice and practitioners of architecture. The beginning of the year saw a shift in how we engage with membership. The development of a Virtual Speakers Series brought new ideas and knowledge to members across the state as we worked to socially distance while remaining open to new ideas and the sharing of information and experiences. Many members, Allieds, and guests had an opportunity in October to experience our first ever Virtual Design Awards ceremony that was broadcast across the state and highlighted achievements of some of the most exceptional talent in the region. Patty Opitz, AIA and her convention committee composed a wonderful tribute to honor design talent through amazing imagery and storytelling. We all joined in to celebrate a lifetime achievement for Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, and experienced the legacy his body of work has created. We experienced fresh new faces in our newly licensed individuals. We honored chapter award winners Adam Day, AIA – Emerging Professional Award, Carl Smith, Ph.D. – Award of Merit, and Randy Palculict, AIA – Dick Savage Memorial Award. In recent months, the Board of Directors and associated committees have embarked on a process of change through both Strategic Planning efforts and implementation of new chapter policies that will encourage growth, opportunities, and strength for us moving forward. Sincerest thanks to our Board of Directors, our engaged membership who continue to serve this chapter, BSA and their leadership, and our Allied Members that support our efforts.

Kyle Cook, AIA 2020 AIA Arkansas President Brackett-Krennerich Architects AIA Arkansas 2020 In Review


American Institute of Architects Based in Washington, D.C., the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society.

AIA Arkansas MISSION STATEMENT The mission of AIA Arkansas is to develop, promote, and sustain the practice and practitioners of architecture. VISION STATEMENT The vision of AIA Arkansas is to enhance communities through design excellence. VALUES STATEMENT The AIA Arkansas Board of Directors and Staff are guided by these principles in carrying out their duties:

-Environmental Stewardship

-Member Focus

-Ethics and Integrity

-Community Involvement

PROVISIONS TO MEMBERSHIP (649 AIA/Associate AIA/Emeritus & 43 Allieds)

-Provides continuing education, aiding architects in maintaining their license

-Provider of AIA Contract Documents

-Offers networking opportunities with members of the design community

-Hosts an annual convention and trade show

-Promotes design excellence through the Design Awards Program

-Advocates for the architectural profession at all levels of government

CALL TO ACTION AIA Arkansas revisits it’s mission and goals every 4-5 years. Get involved AIA Arkansas leadership to have a say! 5


2020 LEADERSHIP The Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is made up of member architects – some of whom also fill leadership roles in the organization. Each year, we elect officers, directors and section chairs, who will manage all of the Association’s affairs for the year.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS Kyle Cook, AIA Jonathan Opitz, AIA President Vice President Brackett Krennerich & Associates Architects

AMR Architects

Craig Boone, AIA Patty Opitz, AIA Treasurer Secretary Architecture Plus, Inc.

Polk Stanley Wilcox

Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita, AIA Past President Jennings + Santa-Rita

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DIRECTORS Katherine Lashley, AIA Associate Director

Kiara Luers, AIA Asst.Associate Director

Blake Dunn, FAIA Director (2020)

Lisa Skiles, AIA Director (2020)

Jeff Steiling, AIA Director (2021)

Ngozi Brown, AIA Director (2022)

Fennel Purifoy Architects

CADM Architecture, Inc.

CahoonSteiling Architecture

modus studio

Skiles Architect

NOB A+D

Tim Varner, AIA Director (2022)

Peter MacKeith, Assoc. AIA Dean of UA FJSoD

Galen Hunter, AIA Senior Director

Nathan Alderson, AIA State Architect

MAHG Architecture

MAHG Architecture

Arkansas Building Authority

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SECTION LEADERSHIP Brandon Bibby, Assoc. AIA Central Sec. Chair

Todd Welch, AIA East Sec. Chair

WER Architects/Planners

Brackett Krennerich & Associates Architects

Nate Deason, AIA Fort Smith Sec. Chair

Steven Baker, AIA Northwest Sec. Chair

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MEMBER SERVICES DIRECTOR

MAHG Architecture

Brent Stevenson, IOM

AIA Arkansas / Brent Stevenson Associates

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Harrison French & Associates

Jackie Strickland

AIA Arkansas / Brent Stevenson Associates info@aiaar.org 501.661.1111


2021 SLATE OF OFFICERS The Slate of Officers was approved at the virtual Annual Business Meeting on November 23rd, 2020 Executive Committee President: Jonathan Opitz, AIA AMR Architects Vice President: Craig Boone, AIA Architecture Plus, Inc. Treasurer: Patty Opitz, AIA Polk Stanley Wilcox Secretary: Rich Brya, AIA BRYArchitecture Secretary-Elect: Todd Welch, AIA Brackett Krennerich & Associates P.A. Past President: Kyle Cook, AIA Brackett Krennerich & Associates P.A. Board of Directors Senior Director: Galen Hunter, AIA MAHG Architecture, Inc. Associate Director: Kiara Luers, AIA modus studio Assistant Associate Director: Nate Deason, AIA MAHG Architecture, Inc. Dean, University of Arkansas: Peter Mackeith, AAIA Fay Jones School of Architecture State Architect (Ex-Officio): Nathan Alderson, AIA Arkansas Building Authority Director (2021): Jeff Steiling, AIA Cahoon Steiling Studio Director (2022): Tim Varner, AIA MAHG Architecture, Inc. Director (2022): Ngozi Brown, AIA nob A+D Director (2023): James Meyer, AIA Taggart Architects Director (2023): BJ Phillips, AIA Burris Architecture Section Chairs Central: Lily McRae, AAIA Cromwell Architects East: Brittany Mortin, AAIA Little & Associates Architects Fort Smith: Gerianna England, AIA Architecture Plus, Inc. Northwest: Steven Baker, AIA Harrison French & Associates Gulf States Regional Representative Michael Lejong, AIA MAHG Architecture, Inc. Gulf States Young Architects Regional Director Kiara Luers, AIA modus studio

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STRATEGIC PLAN GOALS & COMMITTEE ALIGNMENT

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These four goals were set to advance the Mission Statement and benefit our profession. The committees listed below are aligned under relevant goals in effort to advance them.

CALL TO ACTION Email AIA Arkansas at info@aiaar.org if you would like to be involved with an AIA Arkansas committee, as listed above. Staff can match you up with the current committee chair to answer any questions you may have and assist in your possible participation. AIA Arkansas 2020 In Review


VALUE

GOALS VA. BENEFITS & SERVICES Develop and deliver the benefits and services that provide value to members VB. EMERGING PROFESSIONALS Provide guidance and resources to emerging professionals to show that great involvement equates to better return on investments for dues in AIA. See program highlights on page 25 VC. COMPENSATION STUDY Develop a comprehensive study to determine equitable value for the architectural profession within Arkansas. This study was last issued in 2016. VD. RECRUITMENT Work to advertise the benefits of involvement in AIA Arkansas to increase membership. VE. CONTINUING EDUCATION & CONVENTION Offer continuing education to support license renewal and certification needs of architects and affiliate professions. Typically, CEUs are offered at the Section Level with the cooperation of Allied Sponsors. In 2020, Convention transitioned to an online format, which allowed supplemental CEUs where the section events were cancelled due to COVID-19. A membership survey was distributed in December to gather feedback on the virtual format. VF. ALLIED MEMBERS Build collaborative relationships with industry partners to accomplish the mutual needs of sponsorship, programming and networking VG. SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS Promote excellence in architecture with scholarships and awards. AIA Arkansas has ongoing initiatives to support scholarships. A new initiative in 2020 was the newly appointed position on the Arkansas STEM Coalition. VH. DIVERSITY Ensure a focus on diversity in the profession and association.

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CONVENTION (2020 MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM) FOCUS To plan and execute a financially successful conference with the appropriate balance of education and networking opportunities. VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2020 AIA Arkansas Convention was cancelled and the Convention Committee was tasked with transforming the Continuing Education component of Convention into a virtual platform. A series of Featured Speaker presentations spread throughout the year allowed our membership & Allieds to remain connected with AIA Arkansas, stay informed, and obtain the requisite continuing education hours for their license maintenance. All of these webinars were recorded and are available in the 2020 Virtual Speaker Series portal on the AIA Arkansas website.

VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES SUMMARY Jeff Huber, AIA Brooks+Scarpa

Tenna Florian/Callie Verkamp Framework for Design Excellence

David Powell, AIA Hastings

Nancy Blankfard, AIA HGA

Tate Walker Framework for Design Excellence

Legacy Lecture 3 MAHG

Legacy Lecture 1 Noland Blass

Jeffrey Carbo & Shannon Blakeman CARBO Landscape Architecture

Todd Walker, FAIA Archimania

Voices of Practice Diversity Panel

Legacy Lecture 2 Fay Jones & Maurice Jennings Christian Rodriguez, AIA EskewDumezRipple

Legacy Lecture 4 Kwendeche

Emerging Professionals Workshop

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CONVENTION COMMITTEE Patty Opitz, AIA | Chair Lori Santa-Rita, AIA | Design Awards Chair Nate Deason, AIA | Speaker Co-Chair Tim Varner, AIA | Speaker Co-Chair Grant Smith, AIA | Biketecture Chair Katherine Lashley, AIA | Graphics Chair Frank Barksdale, AIA | Golf Chair Ernest Banks, AIA | Architect as Artist Chair Katherine Lashley, AIA | EP/Associates Chair James Sullivan, AIA | Diversity Co-Chair Heather Davis, AIA | Diversity Co-Chair Kyle Cook, AIA | President


ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING TOUR de ARCH Biketecture Chair, Grant Smith and Architect as Artist Chair, Ernest Banks collaborated to fuse the two events into one to bring the AIA Arkansas membership an engaging and family friendly activity. For over 10 years, the AIA Arkansas Design Awards Program honors architectural works of distinction by its members. Members and the public are encouraged to bike, walk or justt take some time to visit and sketch some of these outstanding examples of Arkansas architecture. Tour de Arch lasted throughout the entire month of October, allowing plenty of time to explore over 45 praiseworthy projects within the state. Each visited building and selfie posted to social media using the hashtag, #TourdeARch earned a point. Posted photos of sketches earned 2 additional points. The more points earned, the greater the chance to win prizes. Kids were encouraged to take part in this event as well, with their own contests and prizes. Henderson Engineers sponsored this event.

2020 GOLF TOURNAMENT With the cancellation of the convention in 2020, many of the physical events were also disrupted. The AIA Arkansas State Golf Tournament was still organized for November 9th at Maumelle Country Club in Little Rock. Social distancing and other regulations were put in place to keep golfers safe.

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2020 DESIGN AWARDS Every year, AIA Arkansas highlights our chapter’s prestigious design achievements as well as individual accomplishments through our Design Awards Program and Chapter Awards. These individuals and projects represent the extraordinary talent of Arkansas architects, consultants, contractors, building owners and clients. The 2020 Awards Program was held on a web-based platform in late October, making it our chapter’s first virtual design event. Many architects, design professionals, allied members and friends joined in to celebrate the accomplishments of those elevating the discussion of architecture and our built environment. 31 entries were submitted by member firms, and the Design Awards jury identified 11 finalists in the categories of Merit, Honor and Citation awards. The jurors, from Boston Massachusetts, included Vickie Alani, AIA - Principal at CBT Architects, Kendra Halliwell, AIA, LEED AP Associate Principal at Icon Architecture, and Mark Sardegna, AIA, LEED AP - Principal at Elkus Manfredi Architects. Dick Savage Memorial Award The Dick Savage Memorial Award is AIA Arkansas’ recognition of a member who has made notable significant contributions to the chapter and the profession. Emerging Professional Award The Emerging Professional Award is intended to recognize a young profession, practicing for 10 years or less, who has expanded the role of the architect through civic participation and professional mentorship. Award of Merit The Award of Merit is AIA Arkansas’ recognition of an individual, public official, member of any allied profession, public agency, or company that through interest, activity, and concern with the profession of architecture, shall have advanced the cause of good planning and design and/or contributed to the dignity and value of the architecture profession. The Design Awards virtual presentation is available on the AIA Arkansas website AIA Arkansas 2020 In Review


FINALISTS BRICK AVENUE LOFTS LOCATION Bentonville, Arkansas ARCHITECTURE FIRM modus studio CLIENT Specialized Real Estate Group

CO-OP RAMEN LOCATION Bentonville, Arkansas ARCHITECTURE FIRM Marlon Blackwell Architects CLIENT Ropeswing Hospitality Group

FLORIDA PUBLIC UTILITIES HEADQUARTERS LOCATION Wildlight, Florida ARCHITECTURE FIRM Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects CLIENT Florida Public Utilities Company

NWACC INTEGRATED DESIGN LAB LOCATION Bentonville, Arkansas ARCHITECTURE FIRM SCM Architects, PLLC CLIENT Northwest Arkansas Community College

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FINALISTS MONYX LOCATION Bentonville, Arkansas ARCHITECTURE FIRM Bradley Edwards Architect CLIENT Onyx Coffee Lab

SALVAGE SWINGS LOCATION New York City, New York ARCHITECTURE FIRM Somewhere Studio CLIENT FigmentNYC

WILLIS RESIDENCE LOCATION Fayetteville, Arkansas ARCHITECTURE FIRM DeMX Architecture CLIENT Priscillia Willis

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HONOR AWARD

Thaden School Reels Building

LOCATION Bentonville, Arkansas

The Reels Building at the Thaden School in Bentonville, Arkansas, transforms the vernacular poultry house form into a spacious, light-filled academic building. Split to become a ‘Y’ shaped plan, the Reels building has a predominantly eastwest orientation to control solar gain and its folded form creates ever-changing light conditions, reaching out to the landscape and bringing in the sky.

ARCHITECTURE FIRM Marlon Blackwell Architects PROJECT TEAM Marlon Blackwell, FAIA Meryati Johari Blackwell, AIA, ASID, LEED AP Bradford Payne, AIA Josh Matthews, AIA Spencer Curtis, AIA Callie Kesel, AIA Stephen Reyenga, Assoc. AIA Leonardo Leiva Rivera

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HONOR AWARD

University of Arkansas Adohi Hall

LOCATION Fayetteville, Arkansas

Adohi Hall, the nation’s first large-scale mass timber project of its kind, is a sustainable residence hall and living-learning community at the University of Arkansas.

ARCHITECTURE FIRM modus studio PROJECT TEAM Chris Baribeau, AIA Jason Wright, Assoc. AIA Leanne Baribeau, AIA Jody Verser, AIA Graham Patterson, Assoc. AIA Matt Poe, AIA Aaron Speaks, AIA

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HONOR AWARD

Lamplighter School Red Barn

LOCATION Dallas, Texas

Clad in painted cypress, the profile of the Red Barn at the Lamplighter School in Dallas, Texas, calls to mind a typical barn but reinvents it, scaled for children. With an entry porch that faces the main campus to the south, the Barn has a spacious interior classroom that gives way to an integrated chicken coop and run, giving students the rare opportunity to operate a small, functioning farm while in elementary school.

ARCHITECTURE FIRM Marlon Blackwell Architects PROJECT TEAM Marlon Blackwell, FAIA Meryati Blackwell, AIA, LEED AP Bradford Payne, AIA Spencer Curtis, AIA Stephen Reyenga, Assoc. AIA Cydney Jaggers, Assoc. AIA Stephen Kesel, AIA Kertis Weatherby, AIA, LEED AP Jonathan Boelkins, AIA

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MERIT & MEMBERS CHOICE AWARD LOCATION Conway, Arkansas ARCHITECTURE FIRM Polk Stanley Wilcox PROJECT TEAM Wesley Walls, AIA Heather Davis, AIA Jessica Wood, Assoc. AIA David Rogers, AIA Toni Wyre, ASID, LEED AP, WELL AP, Assoc. AIA

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Miller Creative Quad

A three-story, mixed-use housing project that at once challenges both the student’s relationship to the arts and the building’s connection to its traditional campus context.


PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD LOCATION Bentonville, Arkansas ARCHITECTURE FIRM Hight Jackson Associates

Ignite Professional Studies Center

The new home for Ignite Professional Studies brings eight career strands together in one location providing modern spaces specifically designed for their needs, as well as shared amenities for collaborative learning. The architectural program supports a critical component in education - providing students postsecondary options aligned to their passions and strengths.

PROJECT TEAM Michelle McClaflin, AIA LEED AP BD+C Ginger Paquin, AIA

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ADDITIONAL DESIGN AWARDS SUBMISSIONS

THE PAINT FACTORY

ATLAS RESTAURANT

TANGLEWOOD CABIN

NORTHGATE PLAZA

PARSON HILLS ELEM.

INDOOR PRACTICE FAC. TYSON MANUF. CENTER

GREEN FOREST CITY HALL

CROSSROADS LEARNING MACARTHUR COMMONS

SAFE FOODS HQ

CITIZENS BANK HQ

WASHINGTON CO. CTR.

THE DISTILLERY

ATC EXHIBITION

DUST BOWL

KIMPEL HALL

BLAKE STREET

ARK. ARTS ACADEMY

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For all information regarding submitted projects, please visit the AIA Arkansas website AIA Arkansas 2020 In Review


MARLON BLACKWELL, FAIA AIA NATIONAL GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Marlon is the recipient of the 2020 AIA Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest honor, which recognizes those whose work has had an enduring impact on the theory and practice of architecture. Marlon was a 2019 Resident Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and was inducted into the National Academy of Design in 2018. Marlon’s significant contribution to design have also been recognized by being named a United States Artists Ford Fellow in 2014, receiving the Architecture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012, and the E. Fay Jones Gold Medal from the Arkansas AIA in 2017. Earlier in his career, Marlon was selected by The International Design Magazine, in 2006, as one of the ID Forty: Undersung Heroes and as an “Emerging Voice” in 1998 by the Architectural League of New York. Marlon is an American architect born in Munich, Germany in 1957, whose distinct and original voice has produced iconic and award-winning designs across typologies, scales and budgets. His criticallyresolute merging of the universal language of architecture and the particulars of place have resulted in a distinguished body of work found outside the centers of fashion. This ‘glocal’ approach is reflected in his education, graduating from Auburn University in 1980 and from Syracuse University in Florence in 1991. Despite working where architecture is unexpected and often unappreciated, Marlon Blackwell Architects has created beloved buildings across a wide variety of project types but deliberately focused on projects that foster the public good, most notably in education, healthcare, and recreation. Since its inception in 1992 the firm has earned over 140 domestic and international awards including 15 National AIA Honor Awards. 23


DR. CARL SMITH AIA ARKANSAS AWARD OF MERIT

Dr. Carl Smith is a professor of landscape architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. His work focuses on the intersection between anthropogenic landscape and urban change, and the values and beliefs of those affected. Ultimately his twin aims are to inculcate and sharpen a sense of place-consciousness within himself and his students, and to understand place-consciousness as it relates to the sustainability and resiliency of landscape and cities in Arkansas and beyond. For thirteen years, since relocating to the state from the UK, Carl has contributed to the preparation of landscape architects, planners and architects across Arkansas and the nation. His studio teaching has garnered a number of awards for his students and himself, including the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Excellence in Studio Teaching Award. Carl has also served as a visiting professor or critic at a number of design institutions domestically and internationally, while his scholarship has received a number of national and international awards and been recognized through appointments at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Center and Library at Harvard University, and the British School at Athens. In 2019, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. These experiences are folded back into his teaching, research and service in and for Arkansas.

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ADAM DAY, AIA AIA ARKANSAS EMERGING PROFESSIONAL AWARD

Adam Day is a Partner at AMR Architects and holds a Bachelors in Architecture from the University of Arkansas. Adam’s career has taken him from Fayetteville, to Fort Smith, to Chicago and he now calls Little Rock home. He joined AMR in 2014 and became the managing partner of Design and Technology in 2016, implementing strategies within the firm that seek to create better value for clients and elevating design in the firm. In addition to Adam’s career, he has proven himself to be a results driven leader serving on the AIA Arkansas State Board, the AIA Emerging Professionals Committee, and the AIA Arkansas Convention Committee. He is also the creator and producer of one of the AIA Arkansas Convention signature events for the past 5 years, the Emerging Professionals Pecha Kucha Night. Since moving to Little Rock in 2014, Adam’s passion for design and business evolved to include development. Personal projects include renovating the Day’s first home, repurposing a 19th century church into what is now Bark Bar (Arkansas’ first off leash dog park, bar and restaurant), and designing and building the Days’ new home in North Little Rock. His current venture is a part of the development and ownership team behind the mixed-use development 1424 SoMa. Adam would like to thank all those who have contributed to his growth and development as a person and professional, especially his wife Amanda and daughter Nora. 25


RANDY PALCULICT, AIA AIA ARKANSAS DICK SAVAGE AWARD

Randy was born in Tarragona, Spain, and spent his childhood living in Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. Randy always aspired to design and construction of the built environment and majored in Civil Engineering for 3 years before enrolling in the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. He graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture in December 2002, and moved to Little Rock, AR where he began his architecture career. He began working at Brooks Jackson Architects in January 2003 and continues to practice at the same firm, now named Jackson Brown Palculict Architects. Randy’s service to the profession and community include co-founding the Emerging Green Builders, volunteer work for Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, volunteering for ARchitecture and Design Network and membership on numerous AIA Arkansas committees. Randy’s service to AIA Arkansas includes 10 consecutive years serving on the AIA Arkansas Board of Directors from 2009 to 2019. He served as President in 2018. Currently, Randy is serving as Secretary on the STEM Coalition Board of Directors. He is happily married to his beautiful wife Desiree and is blessed to have an 11 year old daughter, Ava. AIA Arkansas 2020 In Review


NEWLY-LICENSED ARCHITECT MILESTONES DESCRIPTION The “Milestone” recognition award was created by AIA Arkansas to shine a spotlight on newly licensed architects in the state.

Kalvin Cundiff, AIA Studio 6 Architects

Ginger Paquin, AIA Hight Jackson Associates

Tyler Dallison, AIA SGA Design Group

Joshua Ruminer, AIA Wittenberg Deloney and Davidson Architects

Robert Klemple, AIA SGA Design Group

Steven Setzer, AIA pb2 Architects & Engineers

Katherine Lashley, AIA Fennell Purifoy Architects

John Sohl, AIA Vetter Health Services

Kiara Luers, AIA modus studio

Jody Verser, AIA modus studio

Lucky McMahon, AIA Bradley Edwards Architect

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SECTIONS CENTRAL Chair (2019-2020) - Brandon Bibby, AAIA | WER Architects/Planners Chair (2021-2022) - Lily McRae, AAIA | Cromwell Architects/Engineers EAST Chair (2019-2020) - Todd Welch, AIA | Bracket Krennerich and Associates Chair (2021-2022) - Brittany Mortin, AAIA | Little & Associates FORT SMITH Chair (2019-2020) - Nathaniel Deason, AIA | MAHG Architecture Chair (2021-2022) - Gerianna England, AIA | Architecture Plus NORTHWEST Chair (2020-2021) - Steven Baker, AIA | Harrison French & Associates Chair (2022-2023) - Jessica Lewallen | Polk Stanley Wilcox

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 AIA Arkansas Convention was cancelled, along with the majority of the typical physical CEU and Social events in the AIA Arkansas Sections. In conjunction with the Virtual Speaker Series, sections worked to provide webinar-based CEU & social events. CALL TO ACTION: Volunteering at the Section level of AIA Arkansas is a great way to be involved, network with peers and have the opportunity to serve on the state Board as a Director. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the current Chair serving in your section.

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EMERGING PROFESSIONALS COMMITTEE DESCRIPTION “Emerging Professionals� includes any Associate AIA members or AIA members licensed 10 years or less, regardless of age. The AIA Arkansas Emerging Professionals Committee serves to represent architects and designers who are just stepping into the profession. By providing events and resources to emerging professionals, they are given a voice as well as a framework for success during the licensing process and throughout their early career. CALL TO ACTION: The Emerging Professionals Committee nominates an Associate Director and Assistant Associate Director each year. These persons have the opportunity to chair the committe and to serve on the state Board of Directors. They also attend the AIA National Grassroots Conference to help in the development of their leadership and networking skills. If you are interested in volunteering with the EPC, please reach out to one of your Section Emerging Professionals representatives (listed below) VOLUNTEERS Associate Director (2020) Asst. Associate Director (2020)

Katherine Lashley, AIA (Central) Kiara Luers, AIA

CENTRAL SECTION: Adam Day, AIA Amanda Sturgell, AIA Ben Hartter, AIA Brandon Bibby, Assoc. AIA Brandon Ruhl, AIA Ernest Banks, Assoc. AIA Esther Wui, Assoc. AIA Kate Edwards, Assoc. AIA Nikki Crane, Assoc. AIA

Check out the AIA Arkansas Emerging Professionals Facebook Page for more info about our events and activities from 2020 and to keep updated for happendings in the future

FORT SMITH SECTION: Kalvin Cundiff, AIA Nate Deason, AIA Tim Varner, AIA NWA SECTION: Esteban Ayala, AIA Holly Strother, AIA Matt Poe, AIA Randall Hurban, AIA AXP COORDINATOR:

Chris Sullivan, AIA

UA AIAS: Benjamin Ebbesmeyer, Chapter President Jessica Colangelo, Faculty Advisor

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Initiatives Organized by the Emerging Professionals Committee FJSOA+D CAREER FAIR EPs developed and distributed ARE & AXP brochures with alumni advice, AR pass rates and other basic information; visited with students to discuss AIA Arkansas initiatives and paths to licensure after graduation. NCARB PRESENTATION - April 10th EPs helped organize a webinar presentation with NCARB to discuss all the changes to the ARE and AXP. PANEL ON MENTORSHIP 4 architecture firm leaders from Arkansas and neighboring states formed a webinar panel, moderated by AIA Arkansas EPs to discuss where they have seen success within their firm’s mentorship efforts. This event also served as the unveiling for the upcoming MERGE program. 44 members attended the webinar. ARCHIPREP SCHOLARSHIPS The EPs sponsored 75% of ARCHIPREP membership for AIA Arkansas members HAPPY HOUR - April 23rd A well-attended and fun virtual social event. Those who tuned in learned how to make three signature cocktails from a local bartender and had a prize giveaway. ARE QUIZ NIGHT A social event with ARE questions, coupled with prizes RAFFLE Held a raffles with prizes, including ARE vouchers and a ticket to the Young Architects Winter Series VIRTUAL PROJECT TOUR - September 11th A virtual presentation and tour of the Arkansas Arts Center.

N C A R B B A C K G R O U NA D C | LT II C E P R C EE N SMU AR N P C E N S ST || NP CR A A RG O E M O RJ B | A R C E CR TE CMOAR ND AS G E M E H E XI N P N IT T |E C P RT U O RGAR LA M E IR T UEA L N C E P R O G R G RV I & A N A L Y S I S | ARE 5.0 TRIVIA + PRIZES A | A C TH I PT EOLN LC TN R P RM O J ER C A JUNE 25, 2020 | 6:00 PM INE E I S& T D R O N Tour NG GArkansas ECenter ST II G N |E X P ArtsA Virtual A M JI NE ACT IT O D N |EN V C A R O E R B PCME ER NT IT F & I CDAOT C E L O C H E A NN TGA ET SI OT N O |N C U M A liveB tourO with project introduction by & A PRsitePeckham RU G ROANM S O R N Sstreamed TAngela Cof Studio T IGang Thursday, August 27th at 5:00pm E V A Lvia GoTo U Webinar A T I O N

QUIZ NIGHT

Join AIA AR Emerging Professionals for

ARCHITECTURE THEMED COSTUME CONTEST EPs held a costume contest with prizes during the month of October STEAM / K-12 CONNECTIONS EPs are working on a short video to give schools highlighting architecture by discussing topics related to a day in the life of an architect PUBLIC RELATIONS Have worked with the Public Relations Committee to add a tab on the AIA Arkansas website to locate EP-related resources. AIA Arkansas 2020 In Review

1S T P L A CE | 1 M O N TH P R E M I U M B L A CK S P E CTA CL E S 2ND PLACE | YOUNG ARCHITECT SUMMER SERIES TICKET

3RD PLACE | DESK CRITS: INSIDER’S GUIDE TO THE ARE 5.0

SPONSORED BY:

RSVP to katherine@fennellpurifoy.com for details on how to join This tour is open to AIA Arkansas members only


PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Overview The MERGE program is open to all AIA Arkansas members. Members in good standing are eligible to participate and can apply to be a mentee, mentor, or both at any time during their career. Mentees and mentors will be paired and encouraged to meet one-on-one to discuss personal and professional development. A series of virtual MERGE workshops will also be offered throughout the year on different topics for mentees to come together with a small panel of mentors. Goals & Purpose To encourage mutually beneficial, cross-generational interaction that seeks to build a network for established and emerging professionals beyond the office environment, and further the personal and career development of the next generation of design leaders in the state of Arkansas To strengthen the architectural profession in the state of Arkansas by developing AIA members who will be recognized as leaders and trusted advisors Mentors Mentors are available around the state, and many are open to virtual conversations as well. Kyle Cook Heather Davis Adam Day Nate Deason Blake Dunn Chris East Gerianna England Russell Fason Jennifer Herron

Katherine Lashley Jessica Lewallen Kiara Luers Tim Maddox Ashley Maudlin James Meyer Patty Opitz Jonathan Opitz Gerianna England

Russell Fason Jennifer Herron Katherine Lashley Jessica Lewallen Joe Stanley Amanda Sturgell Tim Varner Wesley Walls Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita

Get Involved If interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please contact merge@aiaar.org or get with an Emerging Professional representative in your area.

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DIVERSITY VOICES OF PRACTICE: Panel Discussion on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion This panel was organized to bring together diverse perspectives to discuss issues of equity & inclusion within our profession, from architecture school into the workplace and leadership roles. The panel shared their experiences, thoughts & strategies for identifying and removing existing barriers and working toward a profession the more closely resembles the diversity of our society PANEL Brandon Bibby, AAIA

WER Architects/Planners

Ngozi Brown, AIA

nob A+D

Ann Beth Gorman

Women’s Foundation of Arkansas

Gabriel Diaz Montemayor, ASLA

Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design

David Porter, AIA

Polk Stanley Wilcox

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ADVOCACY

GOALS AA. GOVERNMENT RELATIONS Protect and advance the practice of architecture - Proactive Positions - Be vigilant in identifying opportunities to protect and improve statutes and rules to benefit architecture - Grassroots Involvement - Improve member awareness of the importance of involvement in public policy; encouraging them to know their elected representative and to support the PAC. Annually offer an hour of CE on government relations through the Sections. - Political Action Committee - Maintain a minimum of $50,000 in the PAC to be a stronger influence in legislation. Urge the PAC Committee to develop a sustainable fund raising plan (i.e. combine with lunch and learn and other programs to improve understanding) - Capitol Visits - Continue annual Capitol visits to connect lawmakers to AIA members - Report Card - Track the actions of lawmakers and report the pro-architecture lawmaker actions to members - AIA National - Collaborate with and leverage the resources available to influence public policy AB. SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES - Energy Code - Monitor and influence the Energy Code; updating members - AIA 2030 Challenge- Work with AIA initiatives for achievable energy and emissions reduction targets AC. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS - City and County Ordinances - Ask Members and Sections to monitor local proposals and report to AIAAR Government Relations Committee - Appointed and Elected Commissions - Urge members to serve on local planning and other panels to ensure representation of the perspectives of architecture AD. BOARD OF ARCHITECTURE Maintain a vibrant relationship to benefit the health, safety and welfare of society

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AIA GRASSROOTS CONFERENCE, February 17-21, 2020 Component representatives from throughout the entire AIA organization gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana to network, exchange ideas and to further develop their leadership qualities. The 2020 event featured a series of panel conversations focused on the role of architects and designers being impactful civic leaders, whether it is as responders to natural disaster and climate change, or as a part of the solution to housing affordability and racial equity. AIA organized breakout sessions tackling these topics with field experts, partnered with YAF leaders, ultimately culminating in a panel of mayors, moderated by AIA President-Elect Peter Exley. Grassroots is also a time for regional peers to network. The Gulf States Region took advantage of this opportunity to discuss regional initiatives, discuss successes and struggles in neighboring states, as well as network with other leaders. AIA Arkansas Component Representatives Kyle Cook, President Jonathan Opitz, Vice-President Patty Opitz, Secretary Katherine Lashley, Associates Director

Steven Baker, Northwest Arkansas Section Chair Nate Deason, Fort Smith Section Chair Michael Lejong, Legislative Committee Chair Brent Stevenson, Executive Director

ARKANSAS ENERGY CODE UPDATE The Energy Code will be updated statewide and adopted by January 2022. Stakeholder meetings have been held throughout 2020, and will continue throughout 2021. ADDITIONAL ADVOCACY-FOCUSED INITIATIVES Members of the Legislative committee participated in several of the AIA’s State and Local Government Network (SLGN) Town Halls, in effort to help prepare for the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session. The Committee plans to be active voice in that Session and serve as an active partner of issues that impact design, construction and the practice of architecture.

AIA Arkansas 2020 In Review


OUTREACH

GOALS OA. INTERNET PRESENCE Make best use of social media and technology

- Capitalize on social media and technology enhancements to improve awareness and communications

- Develop a guideline for Section and AIA Arkansas social media use and sharing to maximize effectiveness

OB. PUBLIC AWARENESS - Engagement - Identify an event where the public can learn or attend - AIA Resources - Leverage the resources and campaigns created by AIA to apply to Arkansas - Brand - Increase awareness of AIA and the strength of the brand through marketing efforts OC. UNIVERSITY RELATIONS - Schools - Expand relations with all universities, schools and colleges to support collaborative efforts and workforce initiatives - Local Support - Encourage architects to liaison with schools to provide opportunities for students, participate in career days, etc. OD. LEGACY FOUNDATION Develop a plan to make best use of the Foundation to promote excellence, awareness and philanthropy OE. COMMUNITY RELATIONS - Charitable Efforts - Highlight the contributions of members to give back to the communities they live and serve in - Local Boards - Train and encourage architects to serve on locally appointed and elected boards OF. ANCILLARY PROFESSIONS Reach out to related professions and organizations through collaborative efforts with their trade associations.

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PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE GOALS Share the value of our organization with our membership, using technology to improve awareness and communication. Share the value of an architect with the public, using media, traditional public relations or technology to improve awareness WEBSITE In 2020, the PR committee, along with the website designer worked to add several resources to the AIA Arkansas website that would be useful to our membership as well as the general public. These improvements include the addition of articles describing the use of an architect, an architect search, as well as a tab for Emerging Professionals. SCHOOL OUTREACH The AIA Arkansas PR committee helped spread the word about a YouTube series, produced by the FJSOA+D that is catered towards k-12 students that are interested in finding out more about what an architect does. The committee has also begun compiling school outreach resources, including powerpoint templates, along with other materials for use during career days, job fairs, etc. MEMBERSHIP SURVEY The membership survey undertaken in 2019 was extensively reviewed to glean ideas on how to more impactfully interact with our membership, sponsors and general public. LEAD(AR) MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHT The PR committee worked to add a new section in the AIA Arkansas Columns newsletter. The lead(AR) Member Highlight is an opportunity for AIA Arkansas members to learn a bit more about fellow members. Every conversation yields insights an inspiration as an AIA Arkansas board member visits with a member who is making a positive impact. SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING By using social media as a tool to shine a spotlight on our upcoming events, as well as other happenings and honors throughout the organization, AIA Arkansas is able to maximize our visibility to our membership, as well as to the general public. With the focus on virtual events in 2020, the marketing of information was critical.

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2020 OUTREACH

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www.aiaar.org

49,464 page views 15,343 sessions w/ average of 3 page views per session /AIAArkansas

1,432 page likes 75 posts 11,512 reach 1,225 engagements (likes, comments & shares) aiaarkansas

534 page likes 8 posts 123 post likes Newsletter/Email

2,261 contacts 199 membership news via email (Sent from December 15th, 2019 - December 14th, 2020) AIAAR Membership News

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SPONSORS

REGISTRANTS: 94 ATTENDEES: 73

MAY 21

JEFF HUBER, AIA

JUNE 25

DAVID POWELL, FAIA

JUNE 30

TATE WALKER

JULY 9

LEGACY FIRM LECTURE

JULY 23

TODD WALKER, FAIA

AUG 6

LEGACY FIRM LECTURE

AUG 20

CHRISTIAN RODRIGUEZ, AIA

SEPT 3

TENNA FLORIAN | CALLIE VERKAMP

SEPT 17

NANCY BLANKFARD, AIA

OCT 1

LEGACY FIRM LECTURE

OCT 1 - NOV 1

BROOKS+SCARPA

HASTINGS

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fort lauderdale, fl

REGISTRANTS: 118 ATTENDEES: 89

nashville, tn

REGISTRANTS: 74 ATTENDEES: 62

FRAMEWORK on DESIGN EXCELLENCE #1

REGISTRANTS: 150 ATTENDEES: 114

THE MODERNIST LEGACY of NOLAND BLASS

ARCHIMANIA

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REGISTRANTS: 113 ATTENDEES: 86

memphis, tn

THE LEGACY OF FAY JONES & MAURICE JENNINGS

ESKEW DUMEZ RIPPLE

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new orleans, la

FRAMEWORK on DESIGN EXCELLENCE #2

HGA

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REGISTRANTS: 217 ATTENDEES: 171 REGISTRANTS: 99 ATTENDEES: 68 REGISTRANTS: 84 ATTENDEES: 65 REGISTRANTS: 98 ATTENDEES: 66

minneapolis, mn

REGISTRANTS: 111 ATTENDEES: 74

THE LEGACY OF THE MAHG FIRM

Tour de ARch

A COMBINATION BIKE + SKETCHING TOUR ACROSS ARKANSAS VISITING PAST DESIGN AWARDS RECIPIENTS

REGISTRANTS: 82 ATTENDEES: 59

OCT 15

JEFFREY CARBO & SHANNON BLAKEMAN

OCT 20

VOICES OF PRACTICE

OCT 22

AIAAR VIRTUAL DESIGN AWARDS

REGISTRANTS: 104 ATTENDEES: 72

OCT 29

LEGACY FIRM LECTURE

REGISTRANTS: 114 ATTENDEES: 70

NOV 5

EMERGING PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP

CARBO LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

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baton rouge, la

REGISTRANTS: 99 ATTENDEES: 72

PRESENTED BY THE DIVERSITY PANEL

KWENDECHE

A PANEL ON PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP

JARED HUETER, Webinar events were advertised viaAIA email, social media and website campaigns

NOV 19

ALLY ARCHITECTURE

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chattanooga, tn

All of these webinars were recorded and are available in the 2020 Virtual Speaker Series portal on the AIA Arkansas website.

REGISTRATION

EVENT RECORDINGS

AIA Arkansas 2020 Review available In on the AIAAR website

Registration links will be sent out before each event

Each event will be recorded and be

A SPECIAL THANKS TO

Speakers, AIAAR Convention Committee, Framework for Design Excellence Committee, Emerging Professionals Committee

REGISTRANTS: 64 ATTENDEES: 44 TOTAL REGISTRATIONS: 1,621 TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 1,185, 73% Attendance


LEAD(AR) MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHT STEVEN BAKER, AIA | HARRISON FRENCH & ASSOCIATES Originally from Little Rock, Steven earned his Masters of Architecture at Tulane School of Architecture beforemoving to Bentonville in 2013. At HFA, he quickly earned his license and began leading project teams as a young professional. Outside of his work life, he volunteers with NWA Young Professionals Summit and Bentonville Public Art Advisory Committee, as well as serving as a board member with Ozark Mission Project and as the AIA Arkansas NW Section Chair. Steven serves as a mentorship leader within his firm and shares what inspired him to be a mentor, as well as tips for mentoring, in his Lead(AR) membership highlight.

You can access the full interviews on the AIA Arkansas website. To nominate someone for Lead(AR), email info@aiaar.org

AMANDA STURGELL, AIA | POLK STANLEY WILCOX Originally from Benton, Arkansas, Amanda Sturgell graduated from the Fay Jones School of Architecture+Design in 2009 and earned her license in 2016. She credits her interest in architecture to her grandfather, Robert Gregory, a carpenter, recalling that “he was building our home when I was about 3 years old, and I remember ‘helping’ him install trim. Seeing how you can create a house in the middle of a pasture really made an impression on me. I remember having that desire to draw and design, and I know my grandfather allowing me to ‘help’ him is where that passion started. He made it happen.” This story might explain her passion for exposing youth to architecture at a young age, as demonstrated by her history of interaction with kids in the classrooms. Amanda started her journey with AIA almost immediately after being hired by Polk Stanley Wilcox and is active with the Emerging Professionals Committee

HEATHER DAVIS, AIA | AMR ARCHITECTS Heather Davis is originally from the small town of Hatfield (pop. 410) in western Arkansas, Heather Davis earned her Masters of Architecture at Texas A&M University and Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree in Graphic Design at Arkansas Tech University. In 2012, she began living and working in Little Rock. She immediately began volunteering with studioMAIN for their ‘tactical urbanism’ event Pop Up in the Rock, staying involved ever since. Heather’s AIA involvement has included AIA Arkansas Emerging Professionals Committee as Assistant Associate Director and Associate Director, 2014-15, as well as organizing several convention Bikitecture tours and the recent 2020 Voices of Practice virtual panel.

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NON-DUES REVENUE We greatly appreciate our sponsors as they are a valued member of the profession, helping us provide unique services and programming. Many thanks to them for their support of AIA Arkansas

ALLIED MEMBERS Gold

BXS Insurance Ken Estes 501.517.4391

Innerplan Office Interiors Tim McMennamy 501.320.1514

Southern Reprographics Phillip McColey 501.372.4011

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Silver

ACE Glass Courtney Little 501.372.0595

Corporate Tax Advisors Beth Graham 479.502.2972

Henderson Engineers Arron Cooper 479.306.7811

ACME Brick Chad Bowie 501.800.6357

Alessi Keyes Construction Bob Butler 501.225.6699

Crow Group Morgan Zimmerman 479.264.4332

Entegrity Consulting April Ambrose 800.700.1414

HSA Engineering Madalyn Strickland 479.650.4035

Kinco Constructors Clay Gordon 501.804.2856

Terracon Consultants Chris Handley 501.847.9292 41


ALLIED MEMBERS Blue

AIA Arkansas 2020 In Review


Basic Arkansas Ready Mixed Concrete Association Coreslab Structures (ARK), Inc. Engineering Consultants, Inc. Featured Systems Hillyer Architectural Products, LLC Hunt Design Group Hydco, Inc. Johnson Architectural Systems Landmark CPA Malmstrom-White, Co. Tatum Smith Welcher Engineers, Inc.

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In Memoriam ANNE MARIE HAMILTON, AIA Fayetteville, AR 1978 - 2019

GORDON WITTENBERG, FAIA Little Rock, AR 1921 - 2020

AIA Arkansas 2020 In Review


ERNEST JACKS JR., AIA Fayetteville, AR 1925 - 2020

JERRY SANDERS, AIA Little Rock, AR 1933 - 2020

CAROLYN LINDSEY POLK, AIA Little Rock, AR 1959 - 2020

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AIA Arkansas 2020 In Review


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