State and countrywide architecture leader with jobs in Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas has died

Michael LeJong, a leader in the state and national architecture field, has died. He was 49. His high profile operate involves the $55 million Windgate Faculty of Artwork and Design at the University of Arkansas, and he was recently elected president of the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers.

Some of his other recent work involves renovation at Fort Smith’s Northside Large School, The Potential School of Fort Smith, and the Van Buren Heart for Arts Education enlargement in downtown Van Buren.

He was the principal-in-demand of design and chief monetary officer for Fort Smith-based mostly MAHG Architecture, and has practiced architecture with the organization considering the fact that 1999. He is a 1996 graduate of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones College of Architecture and a 1990 Greenwood Large Faculty graduate.

When attending the UA architecture school, LeJong examined at the College of Arkansas Rome Centre in Italy and was in the founding studio of the College of Arkansas Local community Design and style Middle. Lejong was acknowledged in 2019 by the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and style as a John G. Williams Fellow. He also served as a member on the Fay Jones Faculty of Architecture and Layout Dean’s Circle.

In 2020 he served as chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Small Firm Exchange, little corporations represent nearly 75% of all U.S. architecture corporations. Also in he was 2020 picked to the AIA Countrywide Management Academy, a a few-12 months concentrated leadership software. He was serving as a strategic councilor for the Gulf States Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee) for the AIA – just 1 of 19 associates elected out of virtually 100,000 associates.

Michael LeJong

In November 2016, Lejong was offered with the Dick Savage Memorial Award by the Arkansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The award is offered for noteworthy and substantial contributions to AIA and the architecture career by means of outstanding leadership, company and dedication.

Lejong has also introduced systems on “Focused Leadership” in the course of the 2018 AIA National Conference in New York and 2019 AIA National Meeting in Las Vegas. For the duration of the 2020 Meeting in Los Angeles, he was scheduled to be visitor speaker for the AIA’s Committee on the Environment furthermore host an open discussion board for the AIA Tiny Company Exchange. The activities were postponed to the 2021 Conference.

In a February 2021 push launch about his architecture field leadership get the job done, LeJong reported the perform is focused on offering again to communities and persons.

“I imagine that all of the encounters I have attained through AIA locally, statewide, regionally and nationally, have carried forward to characterize my career and my neighborhood. AIA has presented me the skills and awareness required to develop into a far better chief, and extra importantly it has offered prospects to give back again in techniques that are regularly making use of my schooling and talents,” LeJong wrote.

LeJong was battling COVID-19. He is instantly survived by wife Katie, and daughters Emerson and Abbey. He was also a athletics supporter normally found at Razorback baseball, basketball and soccer online games.

Speak Organization & Politics will publish the formal obituary when it is accessible.