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Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program

Promoting the highest level of design in Arkansas’ Benton and Washington counties
Elevating the quality of design in Northwest Arkansas
The Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program promotes the highest level of design in the development of future public buildings and spaces in Arkansas’ Benton and Washington counties.

Over the last 25 years, the population in Northwest Arkansas has more than doubled, creating opportunities and challenges in planning and design. The program seeks to preserve a sense of place by encouraging quality design of public spaces, while complementing the rich architectural history of the region’s urban fabric.

Designing for People


By identifying top design professionals, the program will fund projects developed with a clear understanding of how people use and experience public space in the intersection of life, space and buildings. Designing places and spaces for people can: support children’s ability to learn; provide a platform for local arts and culture to flourish; help keep a community physically active and mentally stimulated; spur economic development and; help us live in harmony with the environment.
Guiding Principles
Frequently Asked Questions
Projects selected to date are: