Reese Rowland, FAIA Principal at Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
Reese’s dedication to crafting meaningful spaces through innovative, sustainable architecture has been rewarded with over 60 National, Regional and State Design Awards in the last twelve years. His Heifer International World Headquarters design received the Nation’s highest honor for architecture, the 2008 AIA National Institute Honor Award, one of 13 awarded. The South’s first LEED Platinum building was also named a National AIA/COTE Top 10 Green Building in 2007. In 2011, his Arkansas Studies Institute design received a National AIA/ALA (American Library Association) Award of Excellence, one of five awarded in the biennial competition, honoring the best in library architecture worldwide. In 2015, his Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library won the same Award.
Arkansas Business named Reese to its prestigious list of “25 Entrepreneurs & Innovators of the last 25 years”, crediting his work with helping to transform downtown Little Rock through modern architecture. His work has been published in 25 national and international periodicals, as well as 13 books. AY Magazine named Reese to its list of “12 Powerful Men in Arkansas” for having influence, making a difference, and serving others. Additionally, Arkansas Times Magazine named him as one of “50 Influential Arkansans” as well in 2012.
He has designed some of Little Rock’s most recognized buildings, including Acxiom’s River Market Tower Headquarters, The Bank of the Ozarks Headquarters, Heifer’s Education Center, the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Little Rock’s new Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library. Reese is presently designing the new Headquarters for The Murphy Oil Corporation. Most importantly, his reputation among clients is that of a strong collaborator and a partner in distilling their vision into physical, yet personal narratives. He continues to develop his design philosophy of allowing natural light to enliven space and spirit, while reducing our dependence on generated energy.