AIA Arkansas – Northwest Section News

The Northwest Arkansas Section AIA is teaming up with the Fay Jones School of Architecture and the Ozark Literacy Council to bring awareness to literacy AND design by installing Little Free Libraries in our communities. We invite ALL Arkansas AIA members who live in Northwest Arkansas to participate. The NWA AIA is sponsoring a competition to collect designs for the Ozark Literacy Council with entries due October 6th. From these entries, sponsors of the Ozark Literacy Council will select the design they wish to have fabricated and installed at their residence or business.   Even if your library is not selected as a competition winner, it may still be selected to be built! Each selected team will receive a $500 stipend to go towards the materials and construction of the library (with competition winners receiving a little extra). Designers will forge relationships with their new ‘clients’ to have their library completed and installed by April 30, 2015, when all of the designs will be celebrated at a large event in the Fayetteville Town Center. This is a great way for architects and designers to build their portfolio and a presence in their community.

Allied members, we need your help too! We are asking for material donations and construction services to achieve our goal of at least 15 libraries in Northwest Arkansas. This is a great way for architects/designers to become familiarized with your products, as well as bring awareness to a great cause. For more information, please contact Lori Yazwinski Santa-Rita at

Consider what design can do to foster literacy and interactions in your community!