Jacksonport State Park Visitor Center

The Arkansas chapter of the American Institute of Architects has presented honor awards to five designs by Arkansas architects for structures both in and out of Arkansas and announced four other awards. The honorees:

The Evans Tree House at Garvan Woodland Gardens was designed by Modus Studio of Fayetteville for Garvan Gardens, the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas. The treehouse is constructed of 113 ribs of Southern yellow pine from Arkansas and is the first of three planned for the garden.


Jacksonport State Park Visitor Center was conceived by designers by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock as a modern dogtrot, two spaces connected by a bridge. The new building, which offers a history of the old town of Jacksonport, opened in March of this year.

The Library Annex was designed by Miller Boskus Lack of Fayetteville to provide a cost-effective expansion of the University of Arkansas library and features cross-laminated timber panels for roofs, walls and floors. It holds 1.8 volumes of library materials and art in a high-density storage area.


The Lamplighter School Innovation Lab in Dallas was designed by Marlon Blackwell Architects of Fayetteville for an elementary school. It is wrapped in copper and lined with wood planks at the porches and interior ceiling.

The headquarters of Rayonier forest products company in Wildlight, Fla., was designed by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock to bring all employees of the company under one roof. It’s clad in Rayonier woods and includes a lobby that also serves as a community theater.


The 8th Street Market in Bentonville, designed by the Hufft firm, and the Vault Bar in Fayetteville, designed by Modus Studio, won merit awards. Cromwell Architects’ ArcBest Corporate Headquarters in Fort Smith won the Member Choice Award, and the Jacksonport State Park Visitor Center, designed by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock, won the People’s Choice Award.