what we do

studioMAIN first opened its doors to the public in February of 2012. During that first year, studioMAIN focused on educating the public about design and the built environment. This effort focused largely on holding public exhibitions, which ranged from showing student work to exhibiting professional design awards. studioMAIN also created several in-house design exhibits and hosted the opening of a locally-made architectural film as part of the Little Rock Film Festival. Perhaps most importantly, studioMAIN and Create Little Rock teamed together for the inaugural Pop Up in the Rock.

In 2013, studioMAIN continued holding monthly design exhibitions and partnered with the Arkansas Arts Center to host an academic symposium on the Bauhaus in Arkansas. Pop Up in the Rock was held on 7th Street, and in partnership with Keep Little Rock Beautiful and the City of Little Rock, studioMAIN rolled out a new local design competition, Envision Little Rock. To close out the year, studioMAIN held the first annual Arkansas Design Awards show exhibiting award-winning work from the local chapters of the AIA, ASLA and ASID.

studioMAIN has continued its exponential growth, with 2014 and 2015 being our most impactful years yet! Our role as a design advocate has been pushed to the forefront through the continued success of our projects all around the region.



Partnered With Community Members & Organizations To Successfully Develop & Execute 7 Pop Up In The Rock Events

Developed 14 Community Projects

Logged Over 15,000 Volunteer Hours

Organized & Held 60+ Eat & Educates Providing LU’s To Design Professionals

Curated & Hosted 40 Exhibitions

Held 3 Envision Little Rock Design Competitions

Developed 1 Symposium

Featured in 100+ News Publications and Broadcasts


2018 Board Members

Heather Davis, AIA |  Chairman |  AMR Architects

Jonathan Opitz, AIA | Vice - Chairman |  AMR Architects

Jordan Thomas, ASLA |  Treasurer |  Arkansas State Parks

Becca Green |  Secretary |  Rock Region Metro

Brandon Bibby, Assoc. AIA |  AIA Central Section Chair |  WER Architects

James Meyer, AIA |  Board Member |  Taggart Architects

Chris East, AIA |  Board Member |  Cromwell Architects and Engineers

Nikki Crane, Assoc. AIA |  Board Member | Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Adam Osweiler, PE |  Board Member |  McClelland Consulting Engineers

Zac Cerrato |  Board Member |  Evo Business Environments

Lou Tobian |  Board Member |  AARP