2022 | First Quarter Edition
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I hope this letter finds everyone well and busy. Just under two years ago when Covid-19 was first discovered I thought architecture and construction would slow to a stop. Then when the material shortages started hitting and material costs started rising, I really thought architecture and construction would stop. Glad to say I was wrong. Now I find myself confused by the term “the new normal.”
When we face a new change every day, how can the term “normal” be used? With the continuing changes in material costs increasing, fuel costs increasing, material shortages and labor shortages, as architects we have a responsibility to our clients to step up our game and become leaders. Efficient, sustainable and quality design have always been our goal, but now we must use our talents to move our profession to the forefront, while exceeding our clients’ expectations and hitting our clients’ budgets.
In my over 30 years of being an architect, I have never seen so many talented architects as we have in Arkansas. I know AIA Arkansas is up to the challenge.
Mark your calendar for this year’s State Convention, Oct. 26-28 in Rogers. Todd Welch is our convention chair, and his committee is working hard to plan our state meeting. Yes, we will be live and in person this year! Todd and his team are already contacting speakers. So, watch for bios of our guest speakers as we get them committed.
Our list of events includes speakers, continuing education workshops, the awards banquet and plenty of time to catch up with old friends and classmates. Of course, we could not have our event without the annual golf tournament, and what better place than the Razorback Greenway for the “Bike-a-Tecture” event? So again, mark the date and watch for information.
Finally, I would like to put out a plea for you to get involved in AIA Arkansas. We have several committees that need your talent and help. Don’t wait to be asked to serve on a committee. Volunteer! 

H. Craig Boone, AIA
2022 AIA Arkansas President
Architecture Plus, Inc.

To salute excellence in architecture, AIA Arkansas conducts an annual Design Awards Program. This program honors works of distinction designed by AIA Arkansas members. The program also brings to public attention outstanding examples of architecture. 
Entries are due Friday, April 15th. 

How to Enter:
The Design Awards Program is in electronic format. You may access the entry form by clicking the link below. Upon receipt of your entry form and fee, you will be provided information to access the Design Awards project submission page as well as presentation board requirements. Project's will be submitted electronically through our website and are due by Monday, May 30th. Presentation boards are not due until the convention.

Every year, AIA Arkansas recognizes members, individuals, and organizations that exemplify the pursuit of the Chapter’s mission.

The categories of nominations are:
  • Fay Jones Gold Medal Award
  • Dick Savage Memorial Award
  • Emerging Professional Award
  • Award of Merit
  • Diversity Award

For information about each category or to view a list of past recipients, visit AIAAR Chapter Awards.

Nomination Procedures: All current members of AIA Arkansas are invited to submit nominations for the 2021 Chapter Awards. There is no limit to how many years an eligible nominee may be submitted for an award; however, a recipient may receive a specific award only once.

  • Submission deadline is 5pm, Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Awards will be conferred at the annual Design Awards Celebration scheduled for Thursday October 27, 2022 in Rogers

Nominator Responsibilities: Nominations should clearly demonstrate how the nominee's sustained efforts, exceptional achievements, and significant contributions over an extended period, meet the purpose and criteria of the specific award and elucidate the nominee's impact on the community and/or the profession of architecture. 
Bailey Peairson Joins Revival Architecture

Revival Architecture, Inc., is pleased to welcome its newest employee, Bailey Peairson. Bailey is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture, receiving a bachelor’s degree in architecture with a minor in historic preservation. She and her colleagues received an award for best fifth-year design on a project related to sanctuary spaces for immigrants in Springdale. She will be an architectural intern working towards acquiring her license.
Revival Architecture was founded in 2018, focusing on the restoration and rehabilitation of historic properties. Among its projects are the rehabilitation and addition to the Mississippi County Courthouse in Blytheville and the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home at Dyess. 
Governor Appoints Three
To State Board

Recent appointments by Gov. Asa Hutchinson include these to the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers:

H. Craig Boone, AIA, Van Buren, term expires April 26, 2026, replaces Brooks Jackson.
Julie Kelso, Little Rock, term expires April 26, 2027, replaces William Hall.
Jeffrey Steiling, AIA, Jonesboro, term expires April 26, 2027, replaces Michael Lejong, AIA.
30 Crossing Envision Competition
By studioMAIN for Green Space Ideas

A 2022 Envision design competition: 30 Crossing has been announced by studioMAIN. It focuses on developing ideas and raising awareness for the 20-acre property that will remain after the removal of the spiral I-30 on and off-ramps and the four-block-long Cantrell interchange between Second and Third Streets in downtown Little Rock. This property is located in the center of the River Market District, adjacent to the Clinton Library, Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Campus, Historic Arkansas Museum, Museum of Discovery, residential buildings and businesses.
As part of their agreement with the City of Little Rock, the Arkansas Department of Transpiration will turn this property over to the city as green space for the city to convert to park land, presenting a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the community to help shape what this park land could look like and offer. Envision 30 Crossing challenges participants to propose solutions that improve pedestrian connectivity, provide space for a variety of programming, and foster economic development. In addition to thinking about the green space, we are also looking for you to provide ideas on how to best utilize the heavily shaded area directly underneath the interstate. This is an opportunity to share your big ideas for one of the most visible and heavily traveled areas in all of Arkansas.
The 30 Crossing Envision competition will have three award categories: professional, public and student. We encourage anyone who is interested in sharing their ideas about how to use this property to participate, whether you have any previous design experience or not. Individual participant submissions are accepted, and collaborative group submissions are encouraged. For more information, please visit www.studio-main.org/envision and sign up today.
Call 501.375.4436 or email jadams@agcar.net for more information
School Honors Wali Caradine
With Naming at Vol Walker

On March 10, the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas honored the school's first African American graduate, Wallace "Wali" Caradine, Jr., by naming the east entrance of Vol Walker Hall the Wallace Reed Caradine Memorial Entry. Caradine, who was born in 1949 and raised in West Memphis, came to the U of A campus in Fayetteville to study architecture, graduating in 1974 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. After additional training at the Construction Management Institute in Dallas, he went on to make contributions to both the design and construction industries.

"Wali Caradine's legacy exemplifies the value of openness, accessibility and courage to us all, but perhaps most especially to all of our students," Peter MacKeith, dean of the Fay Jones School, said. "Architecture and design both reflects and shapes our society and our culture. It is therefore necessary for architecture and design education to be open, accessible and diverse in its participants and in its approaches, which also brings immeasurable creative benefits. To name a portal of the Fay Jones School in honor of Wali Caradine is to tangibly embody that openness, that accessibility and that diversity so necessary for a successful design education.”

Caradine began his career as a designer at Pat Kelley Magruder Architects in West Memphis, before eventually founding Design and Construction Associates in 1978, which became one of the largest minority-owned contracting firms in Arkansas. He returned to his first love of architecture and design in the mid-1990s and partnered with Ron Bene Woods to form Woods Caradine Architects, a relationship that lasted more than a decade. Their notable projects included two academic centers for UAPB and the Statehouse Convention Center Expansion in Little Rock and serving as associate architects for the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. In 2007, he formed Caradine & Company, where he practiced until his retirement in 2017. He passed away in 2017 at age 68.
Fay Jones School
Again Hosting Summer
Design Camps
The Fay Jones School is hosting three Design Camp sessions on the University of Arkansas campus in summer 2022, as well as a virtual, school-guided camp. Design Camp offers the chance to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, discussions, virtual tours and other activities led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School. Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative virtual or studio environment as they explore the design process. May 20 is the deadline to register for all the camps.
Fayetteville Camp 1June 13-17, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Fayetteville Advanced Camp (two weeks) – June 12-24, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Fayetteville Camp 2 – June 20-24, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Virtual Camp (School-Guided) – June 27-July 1.

For more info and updates, visit the Fay Jones School website or contact faycamp@uark.edu.
Faculty, Staff Members Collaborate
On 'The Making of Things' Book

A group of faculty and staff in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design wanted to help students become better designers and better design thinkers by providing a compendium of language and tools. So, they wrote the book The Making of Things: Modeling Processes & Effects in Architecture. They realized they could create something that was a combination of showing how to physically make things and understanding why someone might make something a certain way.
"As an educator, I think that's part of where our students really need to grow is in intentionality and figuring out why they want to do something and how to get the effects that they're trying to get," Frank Jacobus, an associate professor of architecture, said. Jacobus collaborated on this book with Angela Carpenter, fabrication labs manager and a school alumna; Rachel Smith Loerts, visiting instructor in architecture and a school alumna; Justin Tucker, wood fabrication specialist and a school alumnus; and Randal Dickinson, digital fabrication specialist. They started working on the book in 2018 and published their 298-page volume in the fall of 2021 through Routledge.

The ideas were rooted in work Carpenter and Smith Loerts had been doing in the school's fabrication labs to get students familiar with common making processes and also help them know the potentials of using the CNC router, 3D printers, laser cutters and other making equipment. "We were trying to give a resource that they could look at and better understand the processes and the effects," Smith Loerts said.
Billings Index Ends 2021 Favorably
Despite Labor Shortage, Pandemic

Wrapping up a tumultuous business year 2021, the American Institute of Architects reports that architecture firms ended the year on a "high note with strong business conditions." The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for December rose to 52.0, a one-point increase from 51.0 in November. The study conveys overall robust business conditions, continued strong design demand, and record-breaking backlogs, at an average of 6.5 months, despite serious challenges related to the ongoing pandemic and the omicron variant, labor shortages, rising prices and constrained availability of construction material.
"Since demand for design projects has been healthy over the last year, recruiting architectural staff to keep up with project workloads has been a growing concern for firms," AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD., said. "Architecture is one of the few industries where payrolls have already surpassed their pre-pandemic high, so meeting future staffing needs is a challenge that most firms will need to confront."
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ATG Provides Info on Implementing Reality
Capture Process; Changing to Named User

Jenn Hartman, marketing project manager at ATG, offers information on a couple of timely subjects. Click the links to see the material.
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