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AIA Emerging Professional Award 2017: Heather Davis

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Heather Davis, AIA, is an associate at Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, where she is responsible for coordination and production in all phases of a project from concept design through construction. Her experience spans a variety of project types including higher education, civic, health care, and residential. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Arkansas Tech University and a Master of Architecture from Texas A&M University.

After moving to Little Rock in 2012, Davis recognized that her education in design held value beyond her daily professional services and began to involve herself in the community. Davis has been an active volunteer with the Architecture & Design Network (ADN) and studioMAIN since 2012, and is currently serving as president of ADN and as a board member of studioMAIN. She has served as a Central Section representative of the AIA Emerging Professionals Committee since 2013 and as the 2015 associate director of AIA Arkansas. Since 2014, Davis has served as a board member of Create Little Rock and the Little Rock Regional Chamber’s young professional organization, where she has held the positions of community development chair and talent development chair.

In 2014, Davis co-chaired PopUp in the Rock – Park Hill, a project that temporarily transformed an underdeveloped and auto-centric stretch of JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock into a vibrant and pedestrian friendly destination to demonstrate the area’s potential as a neighborhood amenity.

In 2017, Davis was selected to be a Steering Committee member of the Think Big Little Rock initiative. Think Big is a year-long strategic assessment and implementation process aimed at improving Little Rock’s quality of life and the city’s sense of community to attract young professional talent.

Davis was recently honored as one of Little Rock Soirée’s 2017 “Women to Watch,” which recognizes local women making an impact in business, philanthropy and the community.

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