Reese C. Rowland


Polk Stanley Yeary Architects

Little Rock

Reese C. Rowland

The summer after he graduated from high school, Reese Rowland shoveled sand at brick-making company Eureka Brick and Tile (later purchased by Acme Brick) in Clarksville. His father, who also worked there, would remind Rowland that this could be a permanent way of life without a college degree.

Rowland has since become an architect and principal at Polk Stanley Yeary Architects and has designed some of Little Rock's most notable buildings, including the nearly complete Acxiom Tower and the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Building.

"We try to create buildings that somehow reflect what [the businesses are] about and, of course, meet their needs," he said.

Rowland graduated in 1984 from Paris High School (Logan County) and earned an architectural degree from the University of Arkansas in 1990. After college, Rowland was hired by the Wittenberg Delony & Davidson architectural firm in Little Rock, where he stayed for six years.

Now a principal at Polk Stanley, he is also known for his design of the Susan G. Komen 2001 Build for the Cure House.

Rowland is the lead designer on the Heifer International Center and Global Village, which will be erected near the Clinton Presidential Library in downtown Little Rock.