Each year, the World Services
for the Blind Foundation
selects a distinguished Arkansan with a personal commitment to community service to receive the prestigious Vision Award.
This year, the WSB Foundation will honor Reese Rowland, a principal architect with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects.
About Mr. Rowland: Reese Rowland is a Principal for Design at Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects in Little Rock, Arkansas.
dedication to crafting meaningful spaces through innovative, sustainable architecture has been rewarded with over 40 national, regional and state design awards in the last 10 years.
Heifer International World Headquarters design received the nation's highest honor for architecture, the 2008 AIA National Institute
Honor Award, one of 13 awarded, honoring what is considered to be the best work around the world by an American architect.
The building was also named at National AIA/COTE Top 10 Green Building in 2007.
Recently, his Arkansas Studies Institute
received a National AIA/ALA (American Library Association) Award of Excellence, one of only five awarded in the biennial competition, honoring the best in library architecture worldwide.
Other winning projects were located from Boston to Saudi Arabia.
In 2009, Arkansas Business named Reese
to its prestigious list of "25 Entrepreneurs & Innovators of the last 25 years.
work in Arkansas has been published in more than 20 architecture journals, as well as 10 books.
In 2012, AY magazine
to its list of "12 Powerful Men in Arkansas," and in 2013, the Arkansas Times
named him one of "50 Influential Arkansans," highlighting his
contributions to the built environment.
Arkansas Life magazine
as one of 10 "Style Setters" shaping the state.
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 new Education Center
and Little Rock's new Children's Library
Most importantly, his
reputation among clients is that of a strong collaborator and a partner in distilling their vision into physical, yet personal narratives.
is a native Arkansan, raised in Paris, Arkansas.
has spent his
entire career in Arkansas, and his
fierce love of his
home state influences every design.
wife Kami live in Little Rock with their two young sons, whom Reese