BRANDON BIBBY

WER Architects/ Planners

SAY IT LOUD - Arkansas Exhibitor

Arkansas Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Every black and brown person put in environments designed against them by bad practices in our profession. I cannot take for granted that I have a voice at the table that can reshape minority space in our communities.

BRANDON BIBBY

Bio:

Bibby merges his passion for choreography with architecture by utilizing the ability to narrate space through movement and expression. Bibby seeks to design to stimulate occupants’ psycho- and sociological well-being with a research interest in cultural representation. He is a graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design and an Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal recipient. In 2014 he joined WER Architects and Planners in Little Rock, where his portfolio includes over 100 projects..

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

The concept of architecture was foreign to me going into architecture school. My roots are in the performing arts, but my fascination as a choreographer with the complexities of movement, rhythm, and sound lead me to architecture.

What do you do?

Professionally, I work as an architectural designer with WER Architects and Planners in Little Rock. I also expand what I do beyond the office by actively engaging in community and research projects in dance and social design.

What excites you in the work you do?

Thoughtful architecture and design can elevate and enhance our sense of place. It can empower the disempowered and bring meaning to both the physical and psychological spaces we occupy.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Every black and brown person put in environments designed against them by bad practices in our profession. I cannot take for granted that I have a voice at the table that can reshape minority space in our communities.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

At the time of this submission, I have just completed my licensure requirements and applied to join the handful of influential black architects ever professionally licensed in the state of Arkansas.

Featured Project Name: 

West Memphis Fallen Officer Memorial

 

Featured Project Location: 

West Memphis, Arkansas

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2015

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Co-Lead Designer

 

Featured Project Description:

On May 20, 2010, a tragedy struck the West Memphis community. During a routine traffic stop on Interstate 40, Sergeant Brandon Paudert and his partner, Officer Bill Evans, were gunned down by extremist group sovereign citizens. The design features two enclosures in Worthington Park and a T-shaped concrete wall pointing in the shooting site’s direction. Etched between the two figures are all Crittenden County officers’ names fallen in the line of duty.

Photography Credit:

Brandon Bibby

Featured Project Name: 

eStem East Village

 

Featured Project Location: 

Little Rock, Arkansas

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

July 2018

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect

 

Featured Project Description:

The East Village campus transformed a 3.5-acre lot and 1940s warehouse, revitalizing an abandoned downtown district. The design developed out of a desire to create two buildings within the existing footprint, address increased traffic flow, and scale a 100,000 square foot industrial structure to a child. The design uses oversized color-blocking and a simplified color palette to integrate playful wayfinding to create an interior space scaled for all to experience the space like a child.

Photography Credit:

Chad Mellon