Polk Stanley Wilcox Wins American Architecture Award for Heifer Building

Polk Stanley Wilcox of Little Rock said Thursday that it has been awarded the American Architecture Award for its design of the Heifer International Murphy Keller Education Center in Little Rock.

It is the third American Architecture Award the firm has won in the last five years. The firm also won for designing the Acxiom Data Center and the Heifer International Headquarters, also in Little Rock.

Heifer broke ground in the $7.5 million Keller Education Center in 2007. The building is named for Polly Murphy Keller Winter and her husband, Christoph Keller Jr. The Keller family donated $3.5 million to the project.

The building provides a place for visitors, staff, volunteers and the international development community to come together to learn about world hunger and poverty and current solutions to these problems.

It features an interactive learning center that includes exhibit space, a conference hall, a fair trade gift market and food service area.

"This recognition is proof that good design matters, and can contribute to getting an organization like Heifer's message out into the public eye, which is critical for their humanitarian efforts," Reese Rowland, the project's principal architect, said. "We are also excited to bring more national exposure to downtown Little Rock as well."

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design & Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd., selected the Polk Stanley Wilcox design for the award, one of 46 given this year.

The American Architecture Award aims to celebrate the "most outstanding new architecture" designed and built in the United States by American and international architects. 

About 1,000 projects from around the world were considered for the award.