"One of my most prized possessions is a 13-ounce wooden-handle claw hammer — it was a gift when I was a very young man. My alter ego is handyman. I call it "construction therapy.""

Ed Howington, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


(501) 400-1026

What's one problem you're best at solving for your clients? 

I've been told I am good at comprehending an issue at large and small scale. I've considered it a compliment by clients that have commented that I seem more like an engineer than an architect. 

What can you not stop talking about?

I am currently researching the migration of various branches of my family from the Carolinas to Mississippi in the 1830s and the following generations. It's like Faulkner used my family to populate his novels.  

Between being invisible or being able to fly, which would you choose and why?

Being able to fly. As a young man, I had a pilot's license and I have never outgrown my fascination in viewing the earth from the air. 

What was the last thing you binge-watched?

The last season of "The Newsroom"

What was your first job?

Driving a tractor to apply fertilizer for a fertilizer company.

What's something you've never done but want to?

Possibly paragliding

What is your favorite local place to take visiting friends or relatives?

Depending on the visitor, Pinnacle Mountain, Knoop Park, the Faded Rose, or the Arkansas Art Center.

What is your most unusual possession?

I have a very large stock of various species of rough sawn lumber and wood salvaged from houses dismantled on the family farm. This includes hundreds of window sashes. If you know someone interested in any of this, let me know. 

What is the best dish you can cook?

I make a mean Margarita, if I do say so myself.