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OUR TEAM

 
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ROBERT H. KELLY, AIA

PRESIDENT

Mr. Kelly brings a broad and unique experience to planning, design and project management to a wide variety of public, corporate, government and private facilities for Core Architects. He is passionate about a quality built environment.
Mr. Kelly has not only received awards for Architecture in private practice “Excellence in Restoration” but also in service receiving the “Defense Superior Service Medal” for his leadership and design judgment for the interior redesign of the Pacific Command Center Headquarters. His quick and skillful judgment is also attributed to his successful performance as the Lead Architect for 3 different on call design services for Universities. He is an expert in sensitive adaptive re-use as exemplified in restoring Landmark Architecture in Northwest Arkansas and in keeping a project on track.
He reorganized and redesigned the Pacific Command Center, as well as many other highly complex facilities. The results create the best working environments, ranging from classroom to institutional to office spaces through experienced facility redesign.


DUSTY GRAHAM, AIA

PRINCIPAL PARTNER

Mr. Graham is a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Architecture in 2004 and minored in Legal Studies. Dusty serves as a Principal Partner with Core and was a founding member of the company in 2007.
Mr. Graham stays heavily involved with the Northwest Arkansas community serving on numerous boards and foundations.  Dusty serves the Springdale community by sitting on the board of directors for the Springdale Housing Authority, Springdale Athletic Foundation, and Springdale Benevolent Foundation for the Rodeo of the Ozarks.
When Dusty isn’t practicing architecture or serving the community, he is participating with his wife, daughter, and four sons in whatever youth sport is in season.

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MARISOL BAKKER, MBA

OFFICE MANAGER

 


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BRANDON ALLEN

PROGRAM MANAGER

Mr. Allen came to Core Architects from an architectural firm in Fort Smith. He quickly became the manager of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) department and oversees a number of projects. He has gained experience at Core in a multitude of building types including commercial, educational, government, but specializes in Tenant Improvement projects.
Mr. Allen received his Associates of Applied Science in Computer Aided Drafting & Design in 2005. Since becoming a part of Core Architects, Inc. in mid 2007, Mr. Allen has continued to broaden his experience basis by completing many remodels, new construction and in-fills which have met or exceeded clients expectations and schedules. Working closely with consultants and construction managers, Mr. Allen knows what is needed to complete a quality project that meets a client’s needs and budget..


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GIL NEWNUM, AIA, LEED GA

PROGRAM MANAGER

Gil Newnum received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas in 2008.  He brings with him 20+ years experience in the field of construction and architecture, having worked both as an estimator for a general contracting firm as well as a project manager for an architecture firm in Northeast Arkansas prior to pursing his architectural degree.
While attending the university his travels included field study trips to Chicago, Boston, and the Anasazi Ruins in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.  In spring of 2007 he studied urban form at the University of Arkansas Rome Center for Architecture and the Humanities. While in Europe he participated in field study trips to London, Paris, and San Sebastian on the Northern coast of Spain.  His last two semesters at the University of Arkansas involved extensive hands on learning through the Design Build Program, furthering his knowledge of construction management, techniques and detailing. Upon graduation he worked as project manager on various residential and commercial projects. He then worked for a national design firm as a project coordinator working on projects throughout the United States. His current position as Program Manager at Core Architects has him working on the design and administration for several exciting projects.


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ignacio gonzalez, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA

LEAD DESIGNER

Ignacio is a native of Zacatecas, Mexico.  He moved to Rogers, Arkansas in the fall of 1994.  Ignacio graduated from the University of Arkansas in the summer of 2007 with a Bachelor of Architecture.  He received numerous individual awards while at the University of Arkansas, including the Herbert K. Fowler medal for outstanding drawing skills and understanding of proportion and space as it relates to human experience.  Ignacio’s 5th year Comp Studio project was also nominated for the Pella Prize (outstanding project design award).Ignacio’s first work experience was working as a model builder and learning valuable ‘tips’ from one of Arkansas most recognized Architects. Ignacio joined the team of Core Architects in September of 2007; with a strong passion for architecture, he is quickly gaining valuable experience in the profession.


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michael baldwin, AIA, LEED ap

PROgram manager

Michael was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas where his interest in architecture was sparked by his early fascination with homes designed by E. Fay Jones. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arkansas in 2006.  Upon graduating, he worked  in Chicago from 2006 to 2015 as designer and project coordinator at an international architecture firm on various large-scale healthcare, retail, and multifamily residential projects from concept through completion.  He believes in practical, thoughtful, well-constructed buildings and spaces - achieved through clear and consistent communication and collaboration among designers, builders, and clients.
Michael returned to Northwest Arkansas with his wife and daughter in May of 2015 with a desire to be a part of the community that provided so much opportunity for him.  


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brian robinson, assoc. AIA

PROject MANAGER

Brian was born and raised in Northeast Arkansas where his interest in architecture came from being a drafter to becoming an architect. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arkansas in 2015  before graduating, he worked as a  CAD manager for 9 years in wide variety and styles of architecture.  He believes that attention in detail makes the most not only in buildings but his passion in his personal life music as well. In his studies at the U of A he was a part of the Frank Lloyd wright exhibition and research studio collaborating with Crystal Bridges.
He plays music professionally and has been an ASCAP member 15 years. 


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casey B. hoffman, AIA, leed ga

PROGRAM MANAGER

Casey grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she cultivated an early interest in space planning. Attending Oklahoma State University Casey studied architecture receiving a Bachelors of Architecture in 2010 and a minor in Architectural History Theory. In 2011, she moved to Arkansas and quickly fell in love with Northwest Arkansas. As a Project Architect, she works on all types and sizes of projects at Core Architects. She played a key role in the recently completed Hunt Tower, a 10 story 258,000 square foot office building in Rogers. Her can-do attitude, attention to detail, and capacity to work on all aspects of all project types make her an integral part of the team at Core Architects. 
Along with the practice of architecture, Casey is passionate about her community. Hoffman serves on the AIA AR Board of Directors as the Associate Director where she continues representing and advocating for the AIA Emerging Professionals. She is a founding member of the AIA Arkansas’ Diversity Committee and the state’s first Women in Architecture group. In 2016 Casey was appointed the Board of Adjustments for the City of Fayetteville.


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devon sides, AIA

PROJECT ARCHITECT

 


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holly strother, AIA

PROJECT ARCHITECT

Holly is a Missouri native where she received her bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Missouri in 2007.  She then went on to get her Master of Architect from the University of Kansas in 2011.  During her final year, Holly was a part of a competition studio where she and her classmates entered 8 design competitions around the world, including Miami, New York City, Canada, and Asia. 
She had the opportunity to travel around Europe during school, visiting several cities within Greece, Italy, Spain, France, and England. She also had the opportunity to travel and design two projects in New York City and New Orleans with studio classes during graduate school. 
After graduation Holly moved to Little Rock where she worked with Fennell Purifoy Architects.  She gained valuable experience in various range of project types including residential, public works and university.  Holly was license in 2015 and joined the Core Architects team in the fall of 2016.  She enjoys running and staying active with the AIA Emerging Professionals community in her spare time.  


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jessie vines, NCIDQ, ASID

interior designer

Jessie brings a fresh approach to the field of interior design; an approach that draws from her education and working experience in both architectural design and interior environments resulting in a product that is successful from both an aesthetic and functional perspective. 
After graduation from the University of Arkansas, she began working for PB2 Architecture in Rogers, AR after an internship with Innerplan Office Interiors.  In 2006, she joined the team at Tucker Sadler Architects in Rogers, AR.  After working with Tucker Sadler for a year, Jessie moved to San Diego, CA to continue work in their headquarters.  By 2010 she was named Senior Interior Designer overseeing the Interior’s department in a firm of 20+ employees.  Ms. Vines formed her own design firm, 709 Design, in 2011 after moving “home” to Northwest Arkansas.  A mother now to a very busy three year old, Jessie has left business ownership to join the team at Core Architects; a move that has allowed her to be equal parts designer and mom.  


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KATIE BALDWIN, NCIDQ, LEED AP

interior designer

Katie has a passion for color and texture with a focus on durability and functionality of space which brings a well-rounded viewpoint to her work. She has a background in healthcare design, creating spaces that are safe and hard-wearing, as well as calming and welcoming. Katie worked for RTKL in Chicago, IL for 8 years before moving to Northwest Arkansas. Working for a large firm in a major metropolitan area allowed her many opportunities in locations all over the US and internationally. While her focus has been healthcare design, she also has experience working in hospitality, corporate, and retail design as well. Katie has experience designing both new construction and renovation projects and enjoys the challenge of bringing new life to older spaces. 


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meghan johnson, ASID

interior designer

Meghan graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2016 with a bachelors degree in Interior Design with a focus on sustainability. Her education started with landscape architecture, but her passion to design the built environment lead to interior design. Her studies gave her the chance to study abroad in Rome, Italy, as well as visits to New York City and Montreal, Canada.

Her career started working for national big box retailers at Harrison French and Associates. The desire to design for the community locally lead her to a career at Core Architects. Core has given her the opportunity to work on a multitude of projects at different scales learning alongside talented designers. She has worked on a diverse set of designs including university work, healthcare, workplace, and retail. Meghan has an interest in creating a meaningful design solution with emphasis on aesthetics and function.


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caity malloy, assoc. aia

project coordinator/INTERN ARCHITECT

Caity graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2017  magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture and double minors in planning and marketing. She joined the Core team right after graduation. She has an interest in both the design and business aspects of architecture and how it can shape the world.
During school, Caity had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome for a semester, as well as travel to 6 other countries in Europe. Her time there further strengthened her passion for urban planning and the perception of place, which she went on to use as the topic for her honors thesis.
Though one of the newer members at Core, Caity is excited to learn and gain as much experience as she can.


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josh powell, assoc. aia

project coordinator/INTERN ARCHITECT