FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Wednesday, January 5, 2022) – WER Architects announces five new principals – Lauren Dickey, ASID, NCIDQ, WELL AP, LEED Green Associate; Mason Ellis, AIA, LEED AP; Jerome Sorensen, AIA, CSI, LEED AP; Matthew Swaim, AIA; and James Swann, AIA. “This is an exciting time”, said David Sargent, WER Architects CEO. “This next generation of leadership – only the third in the firm’s history – is a talented group of individuals. They are creative thinkers, dedicated to their craft and have provided exceptional client service throughout their respective years at WER. To now call them each our partner is an honor.” 

Dickey, Ellis, Sorensen, Swaim and Swann join WER principals, David Sargent, CEO; Russell Fason, Vice President; John Greer, Vice President; and John Langham, NWA Managing Principal on the firm’s principal leadership team.

Lauren Dickey, ASID, NCIDQ, WELL AP, LEED Green Associate

Principal / Director of Interiors

Specialty Areas: Interiors, Medical, Higher Education, Well Design

Highlighted Projects: UAMS Women’s Midtown Clinic, UA Little Rock Windgate Center for Art + Design, University of Arkansas Pi Beta Phi Sorority House  

Mason Ellis, AIA, LEED AP

Principal / Project Architect

Specialty Areas: Preservation, Restoration, Adaptive Reuse, LEED

Highlighted Projects: Richard Sheppard Arnold US Federal Courthouse, Cane Hill Presbyterian Church, Little Rock Central High School Restoration

Jerome Sorensen, AIA, CSI, LEED AP

Principal / Director of Construction Administration

Specialty Areas: Building Envelope & Energy Efficiency, Client Advocacy, Quality ControlHighlighted Projects: Southwest Power Pool Corporate Office, University of Arkansas Founders Hall, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Student Recreation & Wellness Center

Matthew Swaim, AIA

Principal / Project Architect

Specialty Areas: K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Code Interpretation

Highlighted Projects: Jacksonville North Pulaski School District, PCSSD Robinson Middle School, Southern Arkansas University campus, Association of Arkansas Counties Offices

James Swann, AIA

Principal / Project Architect 

Specialty Areas: Medical, Sports, K-12, Fine Arts

Highlighted Projects: Premier Medical Plaza, Elon University Basketball Arena, eStem Public Charter Shall Street, UCA Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts


We believe quality architecture helps create a better world. This philosophy has been a driving force behind the work of WER Architects from the start. A start that began in Little Rock in 1978. Today, WER is one of the state’s larger and most recognized architectural firms with offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville. Its portfolio of high profile projects includes the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Windgate Center for Art + Design, Historic Cane Hill College Restoration, University of Arkansas Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences, Jacksonville and Conway High School Campuses, University of Arkansas J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Baseball Development Center, Premier Medical Plaza, Delta Dental of Arkansas Corporate Campus, Richard Sheppard Arnold United States Courthouse and numerous high profile higher education and K-12 projects across the state. For more information on WER Architects and to view its full portfolio visit werarch.com.