2020 | Second Quarter Edition
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As we continue to navigate this year that has been so uncertain, we find ourselves in a familiar place. We find ourselves solving new problems, looking for new opportunities and striving to make our profession better and more meaningful. Our membership has been struck by a pandemic that has forced us to look at what we do in new ways. We are now rethinking what advocacy means for our membership.

We have been faced with some difficult decisions, such as canceling our state convention in October and delaying in-person section events. However, as one door closes another opens. The Ad Hoc Committee for the Membership Engagement Program (that rolled out in May) has been able to put together some additional opportunities for engagement through a virtual platform. Patty Opitz, AIA, has been instrumental in working with her convention committee to establish a diverse group of individuals in our virtual featured speakers series, as well as Framework for Design Excellence engagements and panel discussions. Offering this opportunity has provided us with better engagement and a chance to connect with one another.

Your Board of Directors continues to bring new ideas to the table and new prospects amid COVID-19 in a way that is exceptional and helpful. I would again like to personally thank all of those that serve on our board and various committees. These individuals allow this chapter to thrive and continue to be successful.

I have personally laid witness to a devastating event that struck my hometown of Jonesboro in late March when an EF3 tornado ripped through the center of town exposing the fragile nature of our built environment and leaving behind a permanent scar on our city and our family and friends. Through God’s grace, we did not experience any fatalities, but this event highlighted how our communities are constructed and points to the shortcomings of our structures and their needs for professional input in protecting the health, safety and welfare of our citizens.

But as always, we must look ahead and ALWAYS remain optimistic about what the future holds. Plans are already underway for planning our state convention in Hot Springs for 2021 with Patty Opitz, AIA, and Rich Brya, AIA, serving as co-chairs. Additionally, the board has discussed the possibility of returning to Fort Smith in 2024, which we hope will set a new tone of excitement and show how this part of our state enriches our environment. New virtual opportunities are underway, plans are being made and we continue to be dedicated to the mission of AIA Arkansas.

The future is bright for our state. We look forward to celebrating in person with our 2020 Gold Medal recipient Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, who has done so much to highlight this place that we all live. His body of work is far reaching and his achievement is well deserved. 

2021 marks a year in which our state has the opportunity to send representation from the Gulf States Region to serve on the AIA National Strategic Council. This body acts to inform the National Board of Directors. I am very pleased to announce that our Board of Directors met in July and unanimously voted to send Michael LeJong’s name to Gulf States. A former chapter president, current representative to the AIA State Government Network and current national chair to the Small Firm Exchange, Michael will continue to represent our interest in Arkansas and further our profession. 

I would like to sincerely thank all of our wonderful members that continue to serve for the betterment of our organization, Brent Stevenson Associates for its leadership and our Allied Members that continue to support what we do.

I am very humbled for the opportunity to serve and God bless,

Kyle Cook, AIA
2020 AIA Arkansas President
Brackett-Krennerich Architects
leadAR Membership Highlight:
Steven Baker of Harrison French
In August, Katherine Lashley, AIA, of Fennell Purifoy Architects and AIAAR associate director, met virtually with Steven Baker, AIA, of Harrison French & Associates (HFA). They discussed mentoring. To read the full interview, click here to visit the aiaar.org ‘Latest Blog Post’ section.

Originally from Little Rock, Steven earned his Masters of Architecture at Tulane School of Architecture before moving to Bentonville in 2013. At HFA, he quickly earned his license and began leading project teams as a young professional. Outside of his work life, he volunteers with NWA Young Professionals Summit and Bentonville Public Art Advisory Committee, as well as serving as a board member with Ozark Mission Project and AIA AR.
Public Relations Committee: Get Involved in AIA Arkansas
Are you a problem solver? Do you enjoy being a part of a collaborative team that confronts issues and works to create progress in the architectural profession? This is your chance to get involved in AIA Arkansas and make a difference! Whether it is at a local section or statewide level, your voice needs to be heard.

Here are committees that you could be a part of:
·        Section Leadership (NW, Central, Fort Smith or Jonesboro)
·        Legislative and PAC
·        Emerging Professionals (associates or architects licensed 10 years or less)
·        Disaster Assistance
·        Convention
·        Public Relations and Communications
·        Diversity

Your participation as a volunteer benefits our architectural community. And, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with peers on initiatives for:
  1. Continuing education to promote development of new skills and knowledge.
  2. Networking and social engagement with peers and industry leaders to promote strong relationships within our architectural community.
  3. Advocacy and representation on legislation to keep up with and influence potential bills that impact our profession.
  4. Communications about design through various annual convention events and ongoing educational forums.
  5. Mentoring and resources for emerging professionals to develop resources for career advancement accessible for all members.
These represent the top five most important member benefits according to recent AIA Arkansas member survey.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, click here. Email us at [email protected] if you would like more information about specific committee involvement. Our volunteer team can match you up with the current committee chair to discuss time commitment, current goals and projects, as well as offer support on how to communicate with your employer on the benefits of supporting your involvement.
WER Architects/Planners Announces
New Hires in Little Rock Office
Larry Troillett, AIA
Holly Vetsch, PE, Associate AIA
WER Architects/Planners is pleased to announce the hiring of Larry Troillett, AIA, and Holly Vetsch, PE, Associate AIA, as architects and Jordan Arrington, NCDIQ, ASID as an interior designer.  

“We are very excited to have Larry, Holly and Jordan join the WER team,” said David Sargent, AIA, WER Architects CEO. “Each of them brings their own experience, unique approach and passion for the built environment to the design team, which will not only contribute to better design for our clients and their projects, but also to our overall design team.”

Larry comes to WER with 37 years of experience as a licensed architect. He is from Little Rock and started his career here, then moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1994. While in his hometown, Larry worked primarily on healthcare projects. Wanting a more varied exposure to other types of architecture, Larry became a founding member of a small firm in Northwest Arkansas where he continued doing medical work but also completed a variety of other project types, including justice/detention as well as many other commercial project types. Not afraid to take on complex building types, Larry seeks efficiency and sustainability in his work and strives to simplify and streamline all his projects. 

Jordan joined the WER design team as a licensed interior designer. With a love for space planning and a strong desire to understand the design process, she pursued a bachelor of arts degree in interior design from the University of Central Arkansas. Jordan is passionate about design because of the strong impact it has on our everyday lives, creating a positive experience through the design of functional and beautiful spaces. Jordan is active in ASID and has a heart for community service.

As a child, Holly’s first exposure to construction was found scoping out new homes under construction with her family. She would explore and dream about what they would look like and how all the pieces could come together. As time passed, a love for art, math and travel led Holly to pursue architecture. With a desire to understand the structure behind a building’s design, Holly graduated with a Bachelor’s of Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University. She went on to practice structural engineering to improve her toolbox for architectural design and joined WER with a passion to develop her architectural skillset. Holly views architecture as way to make a positive impact in her community – preserving the past, serving the current and planning for the future generations.
WER Announces New Associate
Elizabeth Stinnett in NWA Office
WER Architects/Planners is pleased to announce that architect Elizabeth Stinnett has been made an associate. Elizabeth has been an architect in our Northwest Arkansas office since 2017. 

Elizabeth grew up in Siloam Springs where she cultivated an early interest in design and how people use and perceive space. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas. During her studies, Elizabeth got the opportunity to work with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on the fabrication of a pavilion that is the entrance to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman Wilson House. Through this she learned metal fabrication, welding, wood construction and numerous other skills that have informed her design and understanding of architecture. While at WER, Elizabeth has worked on numerous projects including the University of Arkansas Alpha Delta Pi Sorority House Historic Renovation and Addition, the city of Bentonville Emergency Communications Center and the Razorback Baseball Development Center at Baum-Walker Stadium.

“Elizabeth has been an integral part of the WER design team for the last four years,” said John Langham, AIA, WER Architects/Planners Northwest Arkansas managing principal. “We are excited for her future success serving our clients as an associate and look forward to the continued energy, passion and creativity she brings to the office and embeds in her work on a daily basis.”
Vote for the Members' Choice Award

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Knowledge Leadership Assembly Offered
Opportunity to Build Collaborative Relationships
Each year, AIA convenes the 21 Knowledge Communities (KCs), member groups such as Small Firm Exchange (SFx), National Associates Committee (NAC) and Young Architects Forum (YAF) with the Board and Strategic Council in late summer to stitch together all the activity and great ideas across our diverse membership.

It’s an opportunity to build collaborative relationships, cross pollinate ideas and align KC and member group strategies with larger AIA goals and priorities. The event is called Knowledge Leadership Assembly (KLA). Instead of meeting physically in early August, the event was completely virtual, hosted in the Zoom webinar platform.

The three-day event was kicked off with keynotes on Monday, focused conversations in smaller groups on Tuesday and a wrap-up with President Jane Frederick and President-Elect Peter Exley and BoKnoCo (the Board level committees focused on the KCs) and Strategic Council representatives. It was clear that the AIA leadership understands that the 2019 “Big Move” and our aligned push on urgent and sustained climate action shares the stage equally with social equity and justice. The two are inextricably linked and we must make significant strides in both.

Dr. Chris Luebkeman opened KLA with a quote from the graffiti artist Banksy, “Keep your coins, I want change.” If you haven’t heard Dr. Luebkeman speak before, go find one of his videos online! He’s a futurist, formerly with Arup, and now leading strategic foresight for his alma matter ETH in Zurich, Switzerland.
There were also several breakout sessions to share ideas and build collaboration opportunities across the KCs and member groups. These conversations addressed the future, lessons learned from the pandemic, policy influence, mindset shifting, missing knowledge and what AIA can do to create more equitable communities.

During the last day of Knowledge Leadership Assembly, AIA announced the publishing of our 2020 AIA Policy Platform. Click here to see it. The document reinforces our commitment to building a healthy America, a future economy, climate action and healthy communities. These policies will help guide our legislative committee decisions the remainder of this year and as we move forward into 2021.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Lewis Lejong, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
AIA National Small Firm Exchange - 2020 Chair
AIA Arkansas Legislative Committee - 2020 Chair
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AIA Arkansas Virtual Speaker Series
Click here to view the full calendar with links to previous lectures

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WoodWorks Seeks Innovative Wood Buildings
For Its 2021 Wood Design Awards
Wood building design is dynamic and evolving across the U.S., as more developers and design teams seek carbon-friendly structural solutions that are also beautiful and cost effective. WoodWorks will once again recognize the best of these projects with its 14th annual Wood Design Awards. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 30, 2020.

“Wood design awards are an opportunity to recognize building designers who emphasize innovation and creativity alongside quality,” said WoodWorks President & CEO Jennifer Cover. “There’s been a groundswell of innovation in this country. Progressive design teams are expressing wood structure in remarkable ways, at many scales, across building types, using both mass timber and traditional wood framing. Our award program is a way to celebrate their achievements.” Click here for more information.
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UA Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design News
Dillon Gift Names Endowed Chair,
Entrance Hall for Timberlands Center
This rendering shows Grafton Architects' conceptual design proposal for the Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation.
Ray Dillon and his wife, Deborah, are supporting timber initiatives at the University of Arkansas with a $1 million gift that will name the Ray C. and Deborah C. Dillon Entrance Hall in the Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation. Dillon considers Arkansas to be his adopted home state and loves what is being developed in timber innovation and wood design. With this gift, the Ray C. Dillon Chair in Arkansas Timber and Wood Design and Innovation is also being created.

“Ray Dillon has been the stalwart, enthusiastic friend and supporter of the Fay Jones School’s initiatives in timber and wood design and innovation since the moment we first spoke in the spring of 2016,” said Peter MacKeith, dean of the school. “Ray’s work on our behalf, and on behalf of the future of Arkansas forests, during these last four years has only further deepened our friendship and the overall impact of the initiative. The contributions that he and his wife, Deborah, are making to the Anthony Timberlands Center project, and to the leadership of the academic programs which the center will house, reinforce that support tangibly and durably, for the benefit of our students, our faculty and the environmental and economic betterment of the state. I look forward to entering into the Ray and Deborah Dillon entrance hall of the new building, and to identifying and welcoming the Dillon Professor of Timber and Wood Design Innovation. On behalf of the school, I am deeply grateful to Ray and Deborah and the Dillon family.”

The Ray C. Dillon Chair in Timber and Wood Design and Innovation will be used to attract and recruit highly qualified individuals to the position, supplement university support for outstanding faculty and provide the holder with resources to continue and further the educator’s contributions to teaching, research and public service. This includes leadership in architecture and design, specifically in timber and wood design and innovation, a mission of teaching, research and community engagement in practice, and the ability to critically imagine timber and wood design as an intrinsic element of contemporary design practice. The holder of the chair will also develop Garvan Woodland Gardens as an academic classroom, as well as an educational resource for the state while planning, leading, developing and advancing the Jane Ross Forest Institute for Environmental Stewardship.

The chair will be housed in the Anthony Timberlands Center and will also direct the school’s Master of Design Studies degree concentration in integrated wood design. Together, the chair and new regional research center will serve to stimulate the material, creative and economic development of the state and nation’s timber industries, as well as lead the exploration of the use of Arkansas timber and wood in design and construction. “My hope is that this chair will serve as a mental catalyst for future students and help them understand what can be done with wood,” Dillon said. “Through their education, they can create new products using wood, and the forests will remain healthy and vibrant in return. We protect the forests by creating new markets for them.”

Dillon describes himself as a “farm boy from Mississippi” – hailing from Tylertown, Mississippi, where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Deborah. In high school, he committed to his dream of becoming a chemical engineer who worked in the forest products industry, thanks to influence from his mentor and brother-in-law, Bill Simmons. Dillon graduated top of his class from Mississippi State University with a degree in chemical engineering. Against the advice of his dean, who wanted him to go into the petrochemicals industry, Dillon opted to work with the Crown Zellerbach corporation, an American pulp and paper conglomerate, and moved to Bogalusa, Louisiana, to work at the company’s mill as a project engineer.

After 10 years at the Bogalusa mill, he was transferred to Pine Bluff, where he was put in charge of managing and modernizing the former Weyerhaeuser paper mill, which was previously owned by the Dierks family. It was at this point in his career when he became acquainted with John Ed Anthony, and the two would negotiate volumes and prices for Anthony’s residual sawmill chips to be used at Dillon’s paper mill. “I developed a tremendous respect for John Ed, and he became a mentor to me,” Dillon said. “We were competitors, but we respected one another. And one of the things we talked about was how a timber innovation center was needed in Arkansas.”

Dillon’s career continued with corporate roles at Gaylord Container Corporation and eventually Deltic Timber Corporation, where he was named president and chief executive officer in 2003. Dillon retired from the company in 2016 after substantially growing its market value. “Coming into that position was an amazing opportunity for me,” he said. “It combined my interests of woodlands, sawmills, real estate, and oil and gas and was the perfect fit.” Throughout the remainder of his career, Dillon remained close friends with Anthony, and he says the “friendship, mentorship and respect” he has for Anthony is what inspired him to be a part of the Anthony Timberlands Center.

The $1 million contribution from the Dillons will be split between two areas related to timber innovation: the Ray C. and Deborah C. Dillon Entrance Hall, which is subject to approval by the chancellor and Board of Trustees, and the Ray C. Dillon Endowed Chair in Arkansas Timber and Wood Design and Innovation.

The Anthony Timberlands Center is under design by Grafton Architects of Dublin, Ireland, the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize recipients, working with Modus Studio of Fayetteville. “The Anthony Timberlands Center will help educate young people and raise awareness that there’s more than concrete and steel available for structural building materials,” Dillon said. “In Arkansas, we are growing more timber than we have markets for, and we have a saying: ‘A working forest is a healthy forest.’ This center will help us ensure new markets for wood products and that the forests remain healthy.”

In addition to his friendship with Anthony, Dillon’s gift was also inspired by the leadership of Dean Peter MacKeith and Chancellor Joe Steinmetz. “I think Dean MacKeith is amazing,” Dillon said. “The university’s focus on statewide economic development will create job opportunities for graduates. And I’m equally impressed how Chancellor Steinmetz has taken the time to learn what the state needs and has responded by offering the appropriate educational components. I have the utmost respect for the chancellor and his strategic direction of the university.”

Dillon notes that his career would not be possible without his wife, Deborah, and her unwavering support. Deborah Dillon earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and worked in the healthcare industry. The couple has four children – Jonathan, Gregory, Robert and Amanda – and five grandchildren. Amanda Dillon Fields is a 2008 graduate of the university’s School of Law, and Robert Dillon is a 2017 graduate from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

In addition to his degree from Mississippi State University, Ray Dillon also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. At the University of Arkansas, he was a member of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design campaign committee and currently serves on the Arkansas World Trade Center board and the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board for the Sam M. Walton College of Business. He and Deborah are members of the Chancellor’s Society and are counted as Thoroughreds for their consecutive years of giving to the university. The Little Rock couple’s gift counted in Campaign Arkansas, the university’s recently concluded capital campaign that raised nearly $1.45 billion to advance academic opportunity at the U of A.  
This planned center, part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, will be located on the northeast corner of the university's Windgate Art and Design District, along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in south Fayetteville. This campus district houses existing and proposed buildings for the School of Art and University Libraries. The new applied research center will serve as the epicenter for the Fay Jones School's multiple timber and wood design initiatives, house the school's existing and expanding design-build program and fabrication technologies laboratories, and serve as the new home to the school's emerging graduate program in timber and wood design.

"We are delighted and honored by this opportunity to work with Grafton Architects and the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design," said Chris Baribeau, principal at Modus Studio. "This is a unique opportunity to see the possibilities of an innovative wood building through an international lens while lending our Ozark perspective. Our passion for craft in architecture and making will serve our University of Arkansas students, faculty and staff for years to come."
U of A Community Design Center
Wins Green Good Design Award
The University of Arkansas Community Design Center, working with the U of A Resiliency Center and Urban Works, has been awarded a 2020 Green Good Design Award for Green Architecture by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum for Architecture and Design.

The winning proposal, the Wahiawa Value-Added Product Development Center in Wahiawa, Hawaii, repurposes an existing downtown warehouse as a food innovation maker space for college students. Projects will focus on the incubation and commercialization of value-added food products through the recycling of nearby agricultural waste streams.

"This new maker space entails parallel development of a new curriculum by the University of Hawaii Community Colleges system that combines food science and design," said Stephen Luoni, director of the Community Design Center. "The goal is to commercialize production processes and knowledge transfers in the creation of new markets in food and food-grade cosmetics through applied learning and design."

Luoni and his team worked with Urban Works Inc., an architectural firm in Honolulu, Hawaii, and with the U of A Resiliency Center. The Resiliency Center, led by Marty Matlock, executive director, is an interdisciplinary research, education and outreach center hosted by the Fay Jones School, in collaboration with the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the College of Engineering at the university. 
U of A Architecture Student Wins
Aydelott Prize for Travel Research
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – David Sweere, a University of Arkansas architecture student, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Aydelott Prize, the top honor in a four-university travel research program. Sweere, from Maumelle, is a fifth-year architecture student in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and an Honors College student.

The Aydelott Travel Award and the Aydelott Prize were established by the late Alfred Lewis and Hope Galloway Aydelott to help architecture students develop effective analytical skills. Each year, an architecture student enrolled in the four professional architecture degree programs at the University of Arkansas, Auburn University, Mississippi State University and the University of Tennessee each is awarded the $20,000 Aydelott Travel Award to analyze four buildings of their choosing. Following their travels, each award recipient is required to submit an essay about their research. One student from those four projects is selected to receive the Aydelott Prize. Both awards are supported by the Alfred Lewis Aydelott, FAIA, and Hope Galloway Aydelott Award Support Fund. The 2016 call for proposals was the inaugural year of the Aydelott Travel Award and the Aydelott Prize program.

For his research, "An Emotional Reconstructive Architecture," Sweere focused on the interior sensory experiences of architecture that are derived from place, and how these spaces have the power to move people on emotional and spiritual levels. In the summer of 2019, Sweere traveled to four countries to conduct in-depth analysis on these four buildings: Therme Vals in Vals, Switzerland, designed by Peter Zumthor; Steilneset Minnested in Vardø, Norway, designed by Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois; Can Lis in Mallorca, Spain, designed by Jørn Utzon; and Bait Ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh, designed by Marina Tabassum.
Two Faculty Members Selected
As Fellows at MacDowell Colony
Two University of Arkansas professors have been selected as MacDowell Fellows for residency at the prestigious artists' colony. Jessica Colangelo is an assistant professor of architecture, and Charles Sharpless is a visiting assistant professor, both in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. They were selected for a joint summer 2020 fellowship at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. Because the colony is currently closed due to COVID-19, their residency has been postponed until summer 2021.

They said they plan to use their time as MacDowell Fellows to work on a series of architectural drawings for projects they developed through their professional firm, Somewhere Studio. The projects include two temporary art pavilions, a bus shelter and a community pantry that were completed during the past year. "We are thankful to the Fay Jones School for fostering a fantastic creative community in which we were able to develop our recent design projects, including Salvage Swings and Shelter Shift," Colangelo said.

The design of each project reflects their interest in the logical aggregation of modular design components to form a legible yet dynamic whole. Colangelo said that the bus shelter, Shelter Shift, and the pavilion, Salvage Swings, will become the starting point of their drawing investigation during their MacDowell residency. "We see our time at the MacDowell Colony as an opportunity to step outside of our practice and reflect on these works through architectural drawing," she said. "As fellows, we would like to produce a series of exploratory drawings that will allow us to take greater advantage of the medium of drawing as a vehicle in itself for architectural speculation, reflection and projection."
U of A Architecture Student Wins
Aydelott Prize for Travel Research
While the typical in-person Design Camp sessions were canceled for summer 2020, the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design has produced a new virtual education series that introduces students to the basic concepts of design, the value of design and the transformative power that design can have in their lives.
The FAY Design Virtual Education series has officially launched, and episodes can be found on the school’s YouTube channel.
This online design education series takes the experienced faculty and design knowledge that are part of Design Camp and presents that in a format that is fun for students and can be done on their own schedule. The videos are accessible anywhere, at any time and without cost. This series provides a virtual version of the discussions, field trips and projects that students experience during each of the school’s weeklong, in-person camp sessions. With 25 total videos planned, some of them will be informational about the school and its programs, some will lead students through design projects they can do at home, and some will be virtual tours of buildings and spaces throughout Arkansas.
Start with the first video, “Introduction to the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.” A guide to the episodes can be found on the school’s website. As students watch the videos and work on projects at home, they can reach out to the FAY Design team at [email protected] with any questions. Project feedback and images of the work can also be shared with the FAY Design team by email at [email protected]
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