Arkansas Arts Academy 7-12 Campus Expansion and Renovation


Reimagining a neighborhood school, Arkansas Arts Academy project unifies and modifies previous church structures in downtown Rogers. The additions reinforce the school’s mission of becoming a nationally recognized institution. Consideration for neighborhood context is expressed through formal gestures impacting the perception of the school’s scale.

Project Statement

Project Statement

Arkansas Arts Academy is an open enrollment charter school serving 7th-12th grade located in downtown Rogers, AR. This multi-faceted project included demolition, renovation, and new construction on a compact site- in a historic residential neighborhood.
The existing campus was originally a church comprised of 3 structures built in different eras. With varying aesthetics, the original church structures were constructed with traditional gable roof forms, red brick, and were physically separated on the site. For the new construction exterior, the intent was to create a physically unified campus. As a result, exterior materials at the base level of the buildings and the forms created for the new structure resemble the neighborhood context and the existing structures that remained on the site.
Because space on site was restricted, our site strategy was to utilize every square foot possible to create educational spaces. There are non-traditional classroom and collaboration spaces built within circulation axes as well as usage of exterior courtyards for assembly and learning spaces. The two existing buildings that remained on the site, with the addition of new structures, provided an opportunity for creating a courtyard on central axis in line with the public/ community spaces: the performing arts center and cafeteria. This courtyard serves as an extension of the cafeteria/ common space. It is playful in form, functions as an outdoor classroom, contains a school garden, and serves as event space.
The school’s unique art integrated curriculum combines different mediums of art with academic program. This fundamental foundation was manifested in the architecture through program adjacencies, flexible spaces, form, volume, and classroom organization. The spaces not only provide learning opportunities, but also stimulate the student’s artistic creativity.

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