who we are...

john starnes, architect

    October 2007 Winner of First Place in State of Arkansas AIA’s “Architect as Artist” competition.


    October 2007 Winner of Second Place in State of Arkansas AIA’s “Architect as Artist” competition.


December 2007 Recipient of the Pella Prize, awarded to the most outstanding Graduating Senior’s Project each year. 


           May 2006 Recipient of the Kinslow, Keith, and Todd Architects Scholarship.


       Spring 2006 9 National, and 1 University awards for work on Habitat Trails Project:

  1.   2008 IRWP Golden Paddle Award

  2.   2008 AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design

  3.   2007 CNU Charter Award

  4.   2007 NCARB Prize

  5.   2006 Arkansas AIA Citation Award

  6.   2006 Planning and Design Honor Award from ASLA

•AIA Education Honor Award

•National Science Foundation Award

•2006 EDRA-Places Award

•University of Arkansas Collaborative Education Award


      Winter 2005 Urban design project from Mexico study abroad program published in Arquine magazine, volume 34, pp. 90-95.


December 2005 Publication of Habitat Trails project, entitled Habitat Trails: Habitat for Humanity from infill house to green neighborhood design.


             Fall 2005 Publication of research done for Habitat Trails Project, entitled Porches.

things we win...

Established in 2010, we are a young and energetic firm, working to stitch the traditionally segregated rolls of Design and Building. We specialize in residential and light commercial projects, with a particular focus on difficult and unique projects.



John Starnes graduated from the University of Arkansas in December of 2006 and went to work immediately at a small Architectural firm in Southern Arkansas.  The intimate atmosphere allowed him to closely study and develop all aspects of Architecture, while playing key rolls in many large projects throughout Arkansas.  Project types ranged from private residences, to large public buildings, with a particular emphasis on educational facilities.  This type of work began a lasting pursuit of creative ways to use inexpensive materials and construction methods to achieve unique and diverse designs.


                              After completing the required 5,400 hour internship and becoming a licensed Architect, he decided to shift focus towards further developing his knowledge of construction.  He left the Architecture firm and went to work directly for a contractor, soon becoming the chief estimator in charge of the company’s entire bidding process.  This built a critical understanding of exactly what things cost to build, and the impacts that a few pen strokes or clicks of a mouse can have on a project’s budget, or an owner’s wallet. 

                              This level of cost understanding is rare in the Architectural world, but in our mind, is just as crucial as the design itself.

                             

                              In parallel to pursuits of Architecture, he has always been very hands on in the construction business.  At various times, he has performed the work of a framer, mason, tile installer, wood floor installer, plumber, electrician, drywall finisher, granite fabricator, concrete finisher, trim carpenter, cabinet fabricator, and roofer.  This hands on experience gives him another unique tool to help understand the impacts of design decisions.


                              When not working, John enjoys breathing new life into old things.  He finds inspiration in uncovering the character and history that is concealed beneath decay and neglect.

                              As a hobby, he and his wife Ashley renovate homes, repurposing the relics and materials found within into furnishings, decorations, and details.

                              His second love is restoring old vehicles.  The craft, materials, and design of these older gems is unmatched today.  When not clicking a mouse or shooting a nail gun, you will find him under a hood turning a wrench.