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Kwendeche Enters the 2017 American Institute of Architect's College of Fellows

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Kwendeche Enters the 2017 American Institute of Architect's College of Fellows

On August 12, Kwendeche, a Little Rock native, was inducted into the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious 2017 College of Fellows after having been a member of AIA since 1984. Kwendeche is the second African American architect to receive this honor in the state of Arkansas. This is an unparalleled honor and the highest individual recognition bestowed by the Institute. Approximately only three percent of the more than 90,000 AIA members have the honor of this distinction.

Recipients of the FAIA are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession either through design, architectural education or the advancement of the profession after 10 years of AIA membership. Kwendeche calls himself a “non-traditional architect” and works in restoration architecture, focusing on revitalization and authenticity.

Still living in the home built by his father on Rice Street in Little Rock, Kwendeche is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School. He furthered his career at Howard University in Washington, D.C and has had more than 30 years of experience in historic preservation and hospitality design. He founded his home-based architecture and artworks firm, produksi arymeus arsitektur, in Little Rock in 2000. Kwendeche has since has shared his creativity all over the state of Arkansas. His notable chair art, such as the “Booted Bench,” is located in the downtown district of SoMa along with other chair art and sculptures in Bernice Gardens. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center was proud to host a recent reception honoring Kwendeche and his achievements.


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