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Leading Arkansas Architecture Firms Merge to Expand Offerings

Award winning firms combine to focus on sustainable design in education and historic restoration projects.
John Allison, AIA

John Allison, AIA

Aaron Ruby, AIA

Aaron Ruby, AIA

Chris Hartsfield, AIA

Chris Hartsfield, AIA

Matthew Cabe, AIA

Matthew Cabe, AIA







Allison Architects and Ruby Architects recently merged to create a firm dedicated to serving clients through responsive and personalized design, with an emphasis on sustainability.

The firms have been collaborators for a number of years, with projects including the new Health Science Complex for Black River Technical College in Pocahontas, AR and the renovation of the historic field house for the Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  John Allison, AIA, LEED AP, Chris Hartsfield, AIA, and

Aaron Ruby, AIA, LEED AP, will lead the merged firm, and Matthew Cabe, AIA, LEED AP is director of the Northwest Arkansas office in Fayetteville.

“Aaron and his firm excel in the ability to manage complex projects with consistent communication and detailed documentation,” said John Allison, President of Allison Architects.  “They are a recognized leader in historic restoration, and we really enjoy the creativity and historic sensibility they bring to all of their designs.”

“Allison Architects is a leader in design, and is well known for their work especially in higher education and public libraries,” said Aaron Ruby,President of Ruby

Architects.  “We are excited to join a team whose capabilities fit perfectly with ours to continue serving our clients across the state and region.” 

The merged firm, Allison Architects, Inc. has a total of six licensed architects on its staff across offices in both Little Rock and Fayetteville.

The combined firm includes a list of notable and award winning projects including:

  • Renovation of the historic North Little Rock Post Office as the new Laman Argenta Branch Library
  • The Oley E. Rooker Library in Little Rock
  • Design of new Pre-K and Auditorium facilities for The New School in Fayetteville
  • Willard J. Walker Hall for the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville
  • Historic Preservation Alliance award winning projects including the restoration of Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas
  • P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home in Roland, Arkansas
  • Pergolas at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
  • Reconstruction of the 1823 Woodruff Print Shop

About Allison Architects, Inc.

Led by principals John Allison, AIA, LEED AP and Chris Hartsfield, AIA, Allison Architects, Inc. was founded in 1995 and has distinguished itself by winning numerous awards for state and regional design excellence.  It was named “Best Architecture Firm” in 2008 by Arkansas Business’ Best of the Biz Awards.  More information is available at

About Ruby Architects, Inc.

Ruby Architects, Inc., founded in 2006 by firm principal Aaron Ruby, AIA, LEED AP has received numerous awards for its expertise in the field of historic preservation.  The firm was involved in five recognized projects at the annual Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas awards banquet in January, 2014.  Ruby Architects’ historical expertise, familiarity with Arkansas vernacular building methods and knowledge of Greek Revival and Federal style architecture has led to involvement on a number of highly researched and detailed projects.  More information can be found at