2012 Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame: Jack F. See Jr., FAIA

Jack F. See, Jr., FAIA, a respected representative of his profession in his community and state, has made significant contributions to society and the practice of architecture for more than 46 years. See joined the Little Rock firm of Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson, Inc., in 1962 as a project designer and became a principal in 1972.

A member of AIA Arkansas since 1963, See has served in various capacities of chapter leadership, including treasurer, secretary, vice-president, president and past-president for the Board of Directors. In 1981, See was appointed by chapter president, Terry Rasco, FAIA, to serve on a special “Futures Committee” which explored future goals and options for professional organizational management, membership development and budgeting. Prior to serving as Arkansas Chapter President in 1984, See conducted the Chapter’s Annual Planning Retreat and proposed a number of major new initiatives that were adopted by the Board and continue to this day, including the Award of Merit, the Arkansas Chapter Gold Medal Award, the Arkansas Chapter Service Award, the past-president board position and the Professional Advisory Board.

See served as Senior Board Member in 1990. He also recruited a group of fellow AIA members to work together to form a statewide AIA Arkansas Education Committee. He continues to serve as an AIA member of the Legislative Advisory Committee on Educational facilities and is the Committee Chairman.

Having been heavily involved with the University of Arkansas, School of Architecture, See has implemented several programs to benefit the State’s architectural students. Those initiatives include the 22-year-old School of Architecture Professional Advisory Board, School of Architecture Development Committee, and the F Circle. He also served on the UA National Development Council and, in 1997, received the first Distinguished Service Award presented by the School of Architecture “for his vision, leadership and service to the School of Architecture.”

See established himself at both the regional and national levels as a specialist in the design of educational facilities when he joined the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International in 1996.

He was recruited by regional officers in 2004 to serve on the Southern Region Board of Directors, and he brought state architects and educators together by forming an Arkansas chapter of CEFPI.

In 2007, the Southern Region CEFPI Board of Directors presented See with a ”Service Citation Award” for his leadership in forming the Arkansas Chapter CEFPI and for promoting membership growth in Arkansas.

See’s dedication to the exceptional design of educational facilities was highlighted when he received the 2008 Southern Region Council of Educational Facilities Planners International Distinguished Service Award.

In 2003, leadership in the Arkansas Legislature asked See and two construction industry colleagues to assist in recommending options to meet a State Supreme Court mandate to bring the state’s K-12 educational facilities into constitutional compliance.

As these initiatives were brought forward, See was elected vice-chairman of The Task Force to the Joint Committee on Educational Facilities of the Arkansas Legislature and Chairman of the Educational Facilities Standards Committee.

See’s work for more than two years to support the adoption of new educational facilities standards resulted in legislation to create a new Division of Public School Facilities and Transportation.

This division would, for the first time in Arkansas, provide state construction funding assistance, adopt new policies and criteria for the care and maintenance of school facilities, create a new Arkansas Public School Educational Facilities Manual and develop an achievable plan to raise the bar on educational facilities for the children of Arkansas.

Some of See’s most notable architectural projects include: the Riceland Foods Headquarters and Rice Research Center in Stuttgart; seven district headquarters facilities for the Arkansas Highway Department; the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Educational Excellence at Mid South Community College in West Memphis; Tyndall Dickenson Hall at UALR; Willis Shaw Elementary School; Hellstern Middle School; Mary Frances George Junior High School and Springdale Har-Ber High School for the Springdale School District.