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AIA Arkansas' Design Awards program honors excellence in architecture and urban design in Arkansas. Recognizing achievement in a broad range of architectural work, the program inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice. The program includes the Fay Jones Gold Medal Award, the highest award the Arkansas AIA presents to members.

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Message from 2014 AIA President Wesley R. Walls

It is an honor as president of AIA Arkansas for 2014 to present to you this year's AIA Design Awards, highlighting our chapter's prestigious Design Awards Program as well as individual recipients of our Chapter Awards. read more >

AIA Honor Awards: David W. McKee, Modus Studio, Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings, Marlon Blackwell and Polk Stanley Wilcox

The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation has found a new home in an old building at 315 Mountain. A modest ranch-style home at 560 Vinson is expanded atop Mt. Sequoyah in Fayetteville. Hunt Chapel is a stone, wood, and glass chapel. And the addition and renovation to the Fay Jones School of Architecture in Vol Walker Hall at the University of Arkansas is a complex but resolute hybrid of a beautifully restored historical building and a modern addition and insertion. read more >

AIA Merit Awards: UA Fay Jones School of Architecture Design Build Program, Hight Jackson with DLR Group and Marlon Blackwell, SILO AR+D

The Courtyard House is a pre-fabricated, single-family residence, designed and built in Fayetteville by UA students and then installed in the South Main neighborhood of downtown Little Rock. The first phase of the new Fayetteville High School houses new administration, cafeteria, performing arts and athletic facilities. North Presbyterian Church transforms an industrial warehouse into a multi-purpose worship space for an urban congregation that serves the homeless and needy in Cleveland, Ohio. read more >

AIA Citation Award: Marlon Blackwell Architects

The design for the Grand Salon of the Renwick Gallery provides an adaptive, contemporary destination space that references its classical heritage using rich, sustainable materials. read more >

AIA Finalists: Polk Stanley Wilcox, AMR Architects, and UA Community Design Center

A new Residence Life and Student Center lifts expectations through innovation and clarity of vision in keeping with ASMSA's exemplary mission. Arkansas Tech doubles the seating capacity of Chambers Cafeteria on a 5-month timetable, within budget. And the Trailhead Complex at the Maumelle Nature Center is conceived as an exhibit landscape that curates visitors' passage through unique ecological facilities, landscapes, and architectural structures. read more >

Meet 2014 AIA Design Awards Chair Tim Maddox

Born and raised in Jonesboro, Tim Maddox has spent over 20 years studying and practicing architecture in his native state. read more >

The 2014 AIA Design Awards Jury: Sheila Dial-Barton, Price Harrison and Kem G. Hinton

Sheila Dial-Barton is an Associate at EOA Architects. Price Harrison founded Price Harrison Architect and Associates PLLC in 1998. And Kem G. Hinton is a founding partner at Tuck-Hinton Architects. All three of this year's judges hail from Nashville, Tennessee. read more >

Jeff Shannon Receives 2014 AIA E. Fay Jones Gold Medal Award

Jeff Shannon, FAIA, has devoted most of his career to practicing and teaching architecture in his native Arkansas. Educated at the University of Arkansas and at Rice University, he was dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at Arkansas from 2000 to 2013. read more >

Jonathan Opitz Named AIA's 2014 Emerging Professional

Jonathan Opitz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a project architect at Little Rock's AMR Architects. He is a board member for studioMain, the Architecture Design Network, and the American Institute of Architects Arkansas Chapter. He is the current chairman for the AIA Arkansas Central Section, the AIA Arkansas Sustainability Committee, the AIA Arkansas Convention Speaker and is also its Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXVIII representative. read more >

Charles Witsell, Gordon Wittenberg Recipients of AIA 2014 Dick Savage Memorial Award

Charles Witsell, FAIA, and Gordon Wittenberg, FAIA, are retired principals of the Little Rock architecture firms WER Architects/Planners (Witsell Evans & Rasco) and WD&D Architects (Wittenberg Delony & Davidson) respectively. They are the dual recipients of AIA's 2014 Dick Savage Memorial Award. read more >