James Meyer is a project designer and architect at Taggart Architects. He is also a founding member of studioMAIN, a board member of the Architecture + Design Network and former regional associate director for the Gulf States Region of the American Institute of Architects.
Meyer attended the Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design at the University of Arkansas and received his Bachelors of Architecture in 2006. Upon his graduation he was awarded a prestigious Traveling Fellowship from the Skidmore Owings and Merrill Foundation as part of their annual portfolio competition. Meyer is the only Arkansas student to have been awarded the fellowship and was the only undergraduate student awarded that year.
Meyer returned to Little Rock in 2007 and has been using his hard work, dedication, and passion for architecture and placemaking to make an impact on both his city and his profession.
In 2013, Meyer received the Emerging Professional Award from the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In 2015, Meyer was received the Young Architects Award from the AIA. In 2016, Meyer became a member of the Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame as the inaugural recipient of the Emerging Professional Award.
José Alvarez, AIA, LEED AP
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Alvarez is a talented designer and project architect with the design responsibility for many of the studio’s largest projects. His creative work has led to dozens of design awards for projects such as the Louisiana State Museum, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum. He was the lead designer for a 1,200-seat theater and performing arts venue in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and was an integral member of the design team responsible for 930 Poydras Residential Tower—a mixed-use, contemporary high-rise in the CBD of New Orleans and