AIA Arkansas Emerging Professionals/Young Architects

Emerging Professionals/Young Architects

An “Emerging Professional” is any AIA Associate Member or AIA Member licensed 10 years or less, regardless of age. Any Member of AIA or AIA Arkansas fitting this description is automatically considered an Emerging Professional.

Emerging Professionals/Young Architects Committee

The purpose of the Emerging Professionals/Young Architects Committee is to support and empower Emerging Professionals throughout the state through engagement and outreach. Any AIA Arkansas Emerging Professional is eligible to serve as a member of the committee. If you are interested in serving on the Emerging Professionals/Young Architects Committee, please reach out to your local committee members or contact for more information. Join us on Facebook for more information on events, news, and promotions for Emerging Professionals.

2022 Leadership and Committee Members

Nate Deason, AIA
Associate Director – 2022
MAHG Architecture
Nikki Crane, Assoc. AIA
Asst. Associate Director – 2022
Polk Stanley Wilcox

Adam Day, AIA

Amanda Sturgell, AIA

Ben Hartter, AIA

Brandon Bibby, Assoc. AIA

Brandon Ruhl, AIA

Chris Sullivan, AIA

Ernest Banks, Assoc. AIA

Esteban Ayala, AIA

Esther Wui, Assoc. AIA

Holly Strother, AIA

Kate Edwards, Assoc. AIA

Katherine Lashley, AIA

Matt Poe, AIA

Nikki Crane, Assoc. AIA

Randall Hurban, AIA

Tim Varner, AIA

Licensure Support

Obtaining your license is a significant milestone in your architectural career and can be an empowering step by helping you gain credibility and confidence. More information on the benefits of licensure and steps you can take to get licensed are available through NCARB, AIA, and the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, & Interior Designers


The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) is a way to document real-world experience as you work towards licensure. This program is intended to build competency and skills in different areas, from practice management to contract administration. For questions relating to fulfilling AXP requirements, contact our Arkansas AXP Coordinator, Katherine Lashley,


The Architect Registration Examination is a multi-division exam intended to test your knowledge and skills in architecture. The current exam version is ARE 5.0 and contains six divisions. The Emerging Professionals Committee has several members who are either currently testing or who have recently completed these exams. For questions or advice relating to exam strategies and resources, reach out to your local committee members or contact Additional resources can be found at the links below:

MERGE Mentorship Program

The MERGE Mentorship Program is open to all AIA Arkansas members and is intended to encourage mutually beneficial, cross-generational interactions that seek to build a network for established and emerging professionals in order to further the personal and career development of the next generation of design leaders in Arkansas. Visit the AIA AR 2020 In Review to see the full list of 2021 mentors.

For more information on the MERGE Mentorship Program, see the links below or email