John Allison of Morrilton has received the Fay Jones Gold Medal Award from the American Institute of Architects. The award recognizes an architect who demonstrates excellence through artistic vision and design, leadership and service to the state of Arkansas and the AIA Arkansas Chapter.
Allison enrolled at the University of Arkansas in 1966 and received Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1971.
In the early 1980s, Allison co-founded Allison Moses Redden (now AMR), a multidisciplinary firm that helped develop the River Market District. Early in his career he became involved in AIA, and in 1987 was awarded the Dick Savage Memorial Award.
In 1996, he founded Allison Architects, now Allison + Partners, in 1996 and was president of AIA Arkansas in 1997. He became a member, and then president, of the Professional Advisory Board for the School of Architecture, now the Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design, from 1998 through 2001. Dedicated to sustainable design, Allison earned the LEED Accredited Professional designation in 2010.
In his years at Allison + Partners, Allison and his firm consistently received awards for design excellence on both state and regional levels. Retiring from his position at Allison + Partners in 2017, Allison is now a full-time painter.
Kristyn Cooley has been named Realtor of the Year by the Hot Springs Board of Realtors.
Cooley is a real estate agent for Crye-Leike in Hot Springs, serving buyers and sellers in Garland, Hot Spring and Clark counties.
Kory Fortune is the new corporate safety director for CDI Contractors LLC in Little Rock.
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