"One defining object in my life is the sketchbook — a record of ideas, experiences, reminders and desires. I have always enjoyed drawing and having a creative outlet for life’s challenges. The sketchbook is one of many created over the years, and is a record of not just experiences, but of how those experiences have developed my perception of the world."


Director, Architectural

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Chris East is a 2003 graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, is accredited in both LEED and Green Globes sustainable rating systems, and is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner.

Professionally, Chris has served as the AIA Arkansas Central Section chair for 2012-2014. He was a founding member of studioMAIN, a design collective of architects, contractors, and designers whose purpose is to collaborate and educate the community about design. He is also President of the Architecture and Design Network, which works with other education based organizations to promote design awareness. Chris is a graduate of Little Rock Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greater Little Rock class 24 in 2009. In 2012 and 2013, Chris lead the effort for PopUp Main Street and PopUp 7th Street which re-imagined and installed shops, bike lanes, and urban street amenities.

In 2016 Chris was named to the class of Arkansas Business’ 40 Under 40. He was chosen for his many contributions to the local built environment and his dedication to serving Arkansas’ communities.

What excites you about your work?

I am most passionate about creating an energetic, diverse, safe and walkable community. I get most excited when I have the opportunity to work on a project that creates a space which meets those goals, which often means working in urban areas or on college campuses.

What is the most out-of-the-box task you do at work?

Ha ha! I'm not sure there's much I do in-the-box. The most out-of-the-box, I'd say, is to collaborate with our competitors to inform the public about the importance of design, and how design effects everything you do during the day.

What was the last thing you binge-watched?

30 Rock. Jack Donaghy is my hero.

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

The Capital Hotel