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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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From AIA Arkansas President Randy Palculict: Celebrating Architecture

The AIA Arkansas Design Awards is our way of showcasing the outstanding design talent and diligent work ethic that exemplifies the design community found in Arkansas. read more >

AIA Honor Award 2018: Robinson Center by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

The complete renovation and expansion of the Robinson Center dramatically reimagines the beloved historic landmark as a state-of-the-art performance and conference venue, poised for the future. read more >

AIA Honor Award 2018: Shelby Farms Park by Marlon Blackwell Architects

Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, one of the largest urban parks in the country, has implemented a master plan developed by James Corner Field Operations to revitalize the park into a unique, 21st century landmark. read more >

AIA Honor Award 2018: Sutcliffe House by deMx Architecture

Designed for a local landscape photographer and inspired by the economy of regional vernacular forms, this secluded Ozark mountain residence captures and emphasizes views of the surrounding landscape. read more >

AIA E. Fay Jones Gold Medal Award 2018: Joe Stanley of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Joe Stanley is the founding principal of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, the second-largest architectural firm in Arkansas. read more >

AIA Merit Award/People's Choice 2018: Paschal Heat Air & Geothermal by deMx Architecture

Designed to accommodate the company's unprecedented growth, Paschal Heat Air & Geothermal needed both a warehouse that could support its expanding inventory, as well as office space that could integrate seamlessly with its workflow and evolving business model. read more >

AIA Merit Award 2018: Amy Sanders Library by Taggart Architects

Taggart Architects and the city of Sherwood took the approach of setting the Amy Sanders Library within existing trees and steep terrain rather than clearing everything and leveling the ground. read more >

AIA Merit Award 2018: Church+Center by Modus Studio

From the old bones of a local electric co-op, the 15 Church and 200 Center buildings have been transformed into a series of sustainable office, retail and living space. read more >

AIA Merit Award 2018: Hillside Rock by Silo AR+D

Like a mineral, the architecture of the Hillside Rock emerges from interactions with its environment, without attempting to recede into nature. read more >

AIA Merit Award 2018: MAIN x MDRN by Modus Studio

While the urban core of Bentonville is expanding, the MAIN x MDRN project is pushing to evolve the traditional downtown rules into a dynamic story of proportion and rhythm while simultaneously creating identity and reflection for the digital design practice it houses. read more >

AIA Merit Award 2018: Mountaintop Residence by Fennell Purifoy Architects

The Mountaintop Residence is nested atop the Ouachita Mountains in a remote forest. Its seclusion among the treetops offers dramatic and expansive views after rising above the canopy. read more >

AIA Merit Award 2018: Two Rivers Point by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Stretching above the tree line, this multi-level home for the architect and his family of four realizes a lifelong obsession with owning a treehouse. read more >

AIA Merit Award 2018: Uptown Apartments + Shops by Modus Studio

Uptown Apartments + Shops creates a decisively new living model by utilizing the most basic and abundant suburban multifamily building block—the garden style walk-up apartment—to craft a series of concise urban spaces that create a “pop-up” neighborhood within the 15-acre site. read more >

AIA Citation Award 2018: Freeman Performing Arts Center

The Freeman Performing Arts Center in South Dakota marks the threshold between prairie and civic life. read more >

AIA 2018 Finalists

Marlon Blackwell Architects, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Jonathan Boelkins Architect and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center all recognized for designs ranging from restaurants to exhibitions. read more >

AIA 2018 Dick Savage Award: Thad R. Kelly III, AIA

Thad Kelly is principal of StudioFive Architecture Landscape Interior LLC in Fayetteville, specializing in commercial, industrial, retail and residential projects. read more >

AIA 2018 Emerging Professional Award: Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita, AIA

Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita is a partner at Jennings + Santa-Rita Architects in Fayetteville. She is currently serving as vice president for the Arkansas AIA and is a founding member of Women in Architecture Arkansas. read more >

AIA 2018 Award of Merit: Ted and Leslie Belden

Through Old Buildings, the Beldens have invested in the revitalization of downtown Fayetteville and the renovation of contributing historical structures such as the Inn at Carnall Hall on the UA campus. read more >

Meet AIA 2018 Design Award Chair BJ Phillips and Jury

BJ Phillips is a licensed architect with Burris Architecture in Bentonville. read more >