Magazine October 2019

Faces of Arkansas: Rik Sowell, Sowell Architects

Rik Sowell

In high school, Rik Sowell loved the combination of creativity and precision he discovered in drafting class. 

As a kid, building treehouses and clubhouses with his brother sparked the vocational curiosity that led to his signing up for drafting class in high school. He even began designing homes for clients while still a student and following his junior year, he knew for sure that architecture represented his career path. 

“There was no doubt what I wanted to do the rest of my life,” he says. 

Sowell chose well. His Sowell Architects Inc. in Conway has served clients across the state, and especially in the Faulkner County community for more than 24 years. His firm’s portfolio includes the Faulkner County Justice Building, New Life Church, the Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County, Conway Tennis Center, Conway Municipal Airport at Cantrell Field, the Conway Corporation Customer Care Center and numerous other residential and commercial projects.

“One of the great aspects of my job is that there is a lot of variety,” Sowell says. “A project not only has to be designed but it has to be detailed, specified, bid out and constructed. A lot of time is spent on a job site watching the design take shape and ensuring it is built according to plans and specs. It is very satisfying to experience a completed project and know that it was conceived in your mind. 

“I want to continue offering excellent architectural services, hire and keep the best staff, continue to develop our knowledge and skills, stay ahead of the technology curve, go above and beyond contractual obligations and maintain satisfied clients.”

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