A wide array of architects chosen by Walmart owners for Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program

A wide array of architects chosen by Walmart owners for Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville (Courtesy The Walton Family Foundation/Drew Harris)

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. (Courtesy Drew Harris)

The Walton Family Foundation has chosen a group of 36 design firms comprising architects and landscape architects to be part of their Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program in a bid to boost the standard of architecture in the up and coming area of Northwest Arkansas.

A smaller, more refined group of practices from this pool will be chosen by a selection committee at a later date for three pilot projects announced early in September. Those pilot projects are: TheatreSquared in downtown Fayetteville; a 28,000-square-foot adaptive reuse building for the Rogers Historical Museum in downtown Rogers; and a new 35,000-square-foot facility and half-acre playground for the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center (HWCEC) in Bentonville.

The announcement wraps up a two-month, country-wide search for designers that will shape the new urban landscape in Northwest Arkansas.

“We are extremely pleased with the level of talent exhibited by the architecture and landscape architecture designers chosen for the program’s first year,” said Walton Family Foundation Home Region Program Director Karen Minkel in a press release. “Our extensive review process, led by reputable industry professionals, will give our grantees access to high-caliber design that meets the needs of these public-use buildings and enhances Northwest Arkansas’ urban fabric.”

Anmahian Winton ArchitectsCambridge, MA
Alta Planning and Design*Davidson, NC
Bing Thom ArchitectsVancouver, BC
Brian Healy ArchitectsSomerville, MA
Brininstool + LynchChicago, IL
David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc.Washington, D.C.
De Leon & Primmer Architecture WorkshopLouisville, KY
Deborah Berke PartnersNew York, NY
DLAND Studio Architecture and Landscape Architecture*Brooklyn, NY
Duvall Decker ArchitectsJackson, MS
Ennead ArchitectsNew York, NY
Eskew+Dumez+RippleNew Orleans, LA
GrimshawNew York, NY
GWWO, Inc./ArchitectsBaltimore, MD
HBRA ArchitectsChicago, IL
HGA Architects and EngineersMinneapolis, MN
KieranTimberlakePhiladelphia, PA
Lake-FlatoSan Antonio, TX
Louise Braverman ArchitectNew York, NY
LTL ArchitectsNew York, NY
Marlon Blackwell ArchitectsFayetteville, AR
Martinez + Johnson ArchitectureWashington, D.C.
Marvel ArchitectsNew York, NY
Meyer, Scherer & RockcastleMinneapolis, MN
Michael Van Valkenburgh Architects*Brooklyn, NY
Modus StudioFayetteville, AR
Overland PartnersSan Antonio, TX
Polk Stanley Wilcox ArchitectsLittle Rock, AR
Rice+Lipka ArchitectsNew York, NY
Robert A.M. Stern ArchitectsNew York, NY
Robert Sharp Architects & Massengale Architecture PLLCFayetteville, AR | NY, NY
Schwartz/Silver ArchitectsBoston, MA
Spackman Mossop Michaels*New Orleans, LA
Stoss Landscape Urbanism*Boston, MA
Trahan ArchitectsNew Orleans, LA
WXY Architecture + Urban Design*New York, NY
  • * denotes a landscape architecture firm.