OUR PEOPLE

Brian T. Jackson

President

Larry Perkin

Partner

Gail H. Shepherd

Partner

Shayan Dehbozorgi

Partner

Mark Haguewood

Vice President

Randall Hurban

Vice President

Michelle McClaflin

Vice President

Bradly West

Vice President

Jason Adams

Associate

Jorge A. Andrade

Associate

Tim Schmidt

Associate

Esteban Ayala Medel

Architect

Amy Barnett

Architect

Phillip Mevert

Architect

Ginger Paquin

Architect

Lex Chen

Liz Cox

Interiors/Marketing

Chris Estill

Jason Hackett

Ethan A.Haynie

Raye Latham

Rachel McAnally

Assistant Office Manager

Lorrie Smith

Robert Snyder

Leslie Torres

Cary Walker

Jeanie Ward

Office Manager

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Brian T. Jackson, P.E. - President

Brian has been practicing civil engineering in Northwest Arkansas since leaving the active duty Air Force in 2003. He joined Hight Jackson in 2007 and is licensed in four states. His experience as a U.S. Air Force officer and navigator provides a wealth of knowledge in leadership skills and personnel management. Brian currently serves as member of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee,  is the President of the Rogers Mountaineer Athletic Hall of Fame Board of Directors, and is a member of First Baptist Church Rogers and the Rogers Early Risers Rotary Club. He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel United States Air Force Reserve, a graduate of Leadership Benton County, and was recognized as a leading business professional in NWA Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” in 2009. Brian is a Northwest Arkansas native and currently lives in Rogers with his wife and their two sons.

Email: bjackson@hjarch.com

 

Larry Perkin, AIA - Partner

Larry earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas in 1979, where he is also a guest lecturer and serves on the School of Interior Design Advisory Board. Before joining Hight Jackson Associates in 2004, Larry was the President of EBCO Construction Company, bringing vast experience in project management, construction development, and award-winning design. He is on the advisory board and is a guest lecturer at the Construction Management School at John Brown University, and also authored the 2010 Strategic Plan for the school’s recruiting and fundraising efforts. Larry was the Chairman of the Northwest Arkansas AIA Chapter in 2009, is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council Arkansas Chapter, and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce and CASA of Northwest Arkansas.

Email: lperkin@hjarch.com

 

Gail H. Shepherd, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C - Partner

A native of Northwest Arkansas, and an RHS graduate, Gail has always loved our regions forethought, generosity and unity. She attended Drury College for two years before transferring to the University of Arkansas, where she earned her Bachelors of Architecture. Gail began working summers at Hight Jackson after her third year in college, and then full time after graduating in 1994.  She left Hight Jackson in 2002, but returned in 2009 and became a partner in 2013. She is licensed in 4 states. Gail is currently serving a five-year term on the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers, having been appointed in 2018. She is a graduate of Leadership Rogers, Leadership Fayetteville, and Milestone Leadership Intensive. She is on the Rogers Historical Museum Foundation Board, Board of Directors for the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, was a founding member of Vistage Key Group #9443, is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Association for Learning Environments. Gail believes every project and every client are entitled to our full creative attention to ensure efficient and valuable design. She lives in Fayetteville with her patient husband, three exuberant sons, and one sweet Beagle.

Email: gshepherd@hjarch.com

 

Shayan Dehbozorgi, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Partner

Shayan graduated from University of Arkansas and joined Hight Jackson in 2010. He became vice president in the firm in 2017, and became a partner in January 2020. His key projects are the Bachman Wilson House reconstruction, Arkansas Arts Academy High School, and Waco Title office building. Shayan is actively involved in our community and is currently on the board of directors for Bentonville Rotary club. He’s also a member of United Way’s Young Leader Society and USGBC Arkansas West Branch. Shayan’s hobbies include biking, hiking, soccer, tennis, and playing bass guitar.

Email: sdehbozorgi@hjarch.com

 

Mark Haguewood, AIA, LEED - Vice President

Following his studies in the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, Mark began his professional career in Little Rock. After a decade of experience there, an opportunity arose with a design-build firm in Northwest Arkansas. Mark then joined Hight Jackson in 1992. He shares his technical expertise and manages contract document production office-wide. Mark has extensive experience designing and managing a variety of projects, including athletic complexes, K-12 facilities, churches and civic projects, from state of the art high schools to intricate historic preservation projects at the state capitol, working closely with the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office. Mark and his wife Martha live in Fayetteville. He currently serves on the board of his neighborhood POA, contributing his architectural knowledge to updating the amenities of the 30 year old neighborhood. Mark is a member of First Baptist Church Fayetteville and enjoys golf when time allows.

Email: mhaguewood@hjarch.com

 

Randall Hurban, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP - Vice President

Randall graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2009 with a Bachelor of Architecture and received his license in 2015. He is married and has two sons and one crazy dog, who all keep him very busy, but he sneaks in a round of golf whenever he can. He serves on the board of directors for The First Tee of NWA, is a graduate of Leadership Benton County, and was included in the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal's Forty under 40 class in 2019. He also finds time to coach his sons’ baseball and soccer teams. When it comes to design, Randall enjoys creating a sense of place at a human scale and the idea of making an impact (whether big or small) upon a community.

Email: rhurban@hjarch.com

 

Michelle McClaflin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C - Vice President

 
Michelle graduated from the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design at Kansas State University in 2003. She enjoys working on K-12 school projects, developing relationships with school district faculty to create a building that is a valuable part of the educational environment and acts as a tool, assisting the educators. Her goal is to create fun, functional spaces that promote student learning and social skills, with attention to space relationships that create community and safety in the school environment. Michelle was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to serve on the Academic Facilities Review Board for a term to expire on August 6, 2020. She has been an avid horseback rider since age three, having ridden the Shawnee, Mark Twain and Ozark National Forest.

Email: mmcclaflin@hjarch.com

 

Bradly West, AIA, NCARB - Vice President

 
Bradley grew up in Oklahoma and moved to Arkansas in 2005 in order to attend the University of Arkansas School of Architecture. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2010. He and his wife loved the sense of community in Northwest Arkansas, so they decided to make the area home. He is actively involved in his local church, and tries to improve his middling golf game when he has the chance. He enjoys working on projects with a collaborative owner who wants the end product to be something that both they, and the community, will be proud of.

Email: bwest@hjarch.com

 

Jason Adams, AIA, NCARB - Associate

 
Jason has been practicing architecture since 2002. He explores numerous outdoor hobbies in the Ozarks and pursues his passion for architecture as a licensed architect within his home state. Jason  volunteers his time at various local agencies and is a member of the Rogers Rotary Club. He and his wife Shirley have two children, Jacob and Bailey.

Email: jadams@hjarch.com

 

Jorge A. Andrade, AIA - Associate

 
Jorge grew up in Rogers, Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2008 with a Bachelor of Architecture. He has been involved in the planning, design, and construction documents development for many of the firm's projects and has served as project manager for several projects. One of Jorge’s favorite hobbies is running and he now takes part in the Hight Jackson ‘Running Team’ which competes in local charity fun runs. He enjoys taking part in events that focus on helping first generation students attend college. He and his wife enjoy family events and traveling together.

Email: jandrade@hjarch.com

 

Tim Schmidt, AIA - Associate

 
Tim decided he wanted to pursue architecture after receiving praise for his math skills and drawing of the onion domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas in 2009 and worked at the U of A Community Design Center, which shaped his sense of urban design and place making. He believes architecture should create a sense of place and positively affect the community, which requires thinking at a large scale and carrying great design through to the small scale. Tim enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and their daughter and son, hiking, and getting in as much basketball as he can.

Email: tschmidt@hjarch.com

 

Esteban Ayala Medel, AIA - Architect

 
Esteban was born in Mexico and moved to the U.S. at the age of 13. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with his Bachelor of Architecture, and is a licensed architect. His multicultural background is his main source of inspiration. He enjoys working on small projects such a residences, libraries, or community centers, which are the main generators of culture in the community. Esteban volunteers with a car club, where they encourage kids to stay out of trouble by focusing their energy on positive activities. Esteban loves the outdoors, but hates camping.

Email: eayala@hjarch.com

 

Amy Barnett, AIA - Architect

 
Amy grew up in a big family in Central Arkansas. She believes this explains her overactive imagination, competitiveness, flexibility, adventurous spirit, and ability to create spaces that everyone will enjoy. Amy decided to make Northwest Arkansas her home after graduating from the University of Arkansas. She began her career in 2003, gaining years of design experience, and became a licensed architect in 2019. When she's not spending quality time with her husband and son, Amy volunteers with Beta Alpha, the Pea Ridge chapter of the service organization Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and expresses her creativity by baking and decorating cakes.

Email: abarnett@hjarch.com

 

Phillip Mevert, AIA - Architect

 
Phillip was born and raised in Southern Illinois. He received his associate’s degree in Architectural Technology from Rend Lake College, and his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from Southern Illinois University. For him, inspiration comes from the way people use spaces.  Designing for education is always a joy, with ever changing ways of how classroom spaces are used and how kids are learning. Phillip has enjoyed getting involved in his church and becoming a youth group leader and teen Bible study teacher for Bella Vista Lutheran. He also enjoys spending time hiking and hanging out at the dog park with his dog Chief. Phillip’s passion for spending time on the golf course led him to volunteer with The First Tee of NWA. He enjoys helping with the chain gang at local high school football games and making trips up to Arrowhead Stadium to cheer on the Chiefs throughout the football season.

Email: pmevert@hjarch.com

 

Ginger Paquin - Architect

 
Ginger is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and moved to Northwest Arkansas to attend the University of Arkansas, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 2012. Opportunities ranging from historic preservation, such as the documentation of Fay and Gus Jones’ house in Fayetteville, to a proposal for an urban housing development in Kigali, Rwanda have fueled her interests in travel and learning the universal language of architecture. She is passionate about design and its effect on human perception and experience, whether it be at the scale of furniture making or city planning. Ginger enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, camping, going to music festivals, and working on their endless list of home renovation projects.

Email: gpaquin@hjarch.com

 

Lex Chen

 
Lex moved to NWA from Ontario, Canada to continue his studies at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from the U of A and commenced his professional career with Hight Jackson. Prior to his arrival in North America, Lex was raised in China, a country with a fascinating history and a culture full of mystery. During his journey from East to West, he has noticed the existence of culture diversities and commons, but he says those experiences help him in the process of design. He believes a successful living environment is the combination of contradiction and complexity. Lex is passionate about nature and enjoys fun outdoor activities in his spare time. He also has an appreciation for the performing arts.

Email: lchen@hjarch.com

 

Liz Cox - Interiors/Marketing

 
Liz has over thirty years of interior design experience, working on a variety of projects including high-end residential, corporate, worship, and education design. She studied graphic design at the University of Arkansas and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Arkansas Tech University. Liz enjoyed a period of years raising her two children before resuming her career, and considers that to be her most important work in life. Since joining Hight Jackson in 1999, Liz has been involved in the design and coordination of interiors for the majority of the firm’s projects as well as directing the firm's marketing efforts. Liz enjoys the colors, patterns, and textures of the world around us and is inspired by the beauty of God’s creation. She is energized by the creative process, whether in the design of projects, photography, painting, gardening, or cooking something new. Liz is a mentor at Saving Grace, a local non-profit organization that helps young women aging out of the foster care system and also participates in Spectra Artists through Fellowship Bible Church of NWA, which seeks to nurture and foster spiritual growth through artistic expression.

Email: lcox@hjarch.com

 

Chris Estill

 
Chris spent his formative years in Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University. He went to work for a design/build company in Jackson, MS focusing on early 20th century residential renovations and restorations. Chris joined Hight Jackson in 2015 where he enjoys the challenge of difficult programs and seizing the opportunity to create special moments within a design. In his off hours, Chris works on an endless stream of home renovation projects where he is supervised by his two young daughters.

Email: cestill@hjarch.com

 

Jason Hackett

 
Jason has over 25 years of experience working as a carpenter in both the framing and finish trades. Recently he was the lead carpenter and supervisor on the Bachman Wilson House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and re-built on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and was the lead finish carpenter on the 15,000 square foot Red and June Hudson house in the Pinnacle subdivision in Rogers. He earned a business degree from Liberty University and his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas in 2015. Jason, an Eagle Scout, lives with his wife and two of his six children in Anderson, Missouri.

Email: jhackett@hjarch.com

 

Ethan A. Haynie

 
Ethan is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and attended the University of Arkansas, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2015. He has been involved with a number of projects  throughout the office, one of them being the new Northwest Arkansas Community College Washington County Center located in Springdale. Ethan enjoys designing projects  that have a positive  impact on the community and watching how people interact within certain spaces. He is currently pursuing his architect license and is in the process of studying for the ARE exams. Ethan finds inspiration in lending a helping hand and encouraging others to keep a positive outlook on life. In his free time, you will find Ethan doing something fun and adventurous, like hiking, camping, attending a Razorback game, exploring new restaurants and hanging out with friends.

Email: ehaynie@hjarch.com

 

Raye Latham

 
Raye got her professional Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design, and Construction. She also got her Master’s of Integrated Design and Construction from Auburn’s McWhorter School of Building Science. After graduation, she went to work for a couple of firms in Nashville, TN. She later worked professionally as a web designer/graphic designer until coming to Hight Jackson in 2019. Raye has a passion for all areas of art, music, and design.

Email: rlatham@hjarch.com

 

Rachel McAnally - Assistant Office Manager

 
Rachel has called Northwest Arkansas home since she was eight years old. She earned her undergraduate degree from Hendrix College and completed two years of law school at the University of Arkansas before deciding she was not destined to be a lawyer. She is addicted to audio books and unsweet iced tea, and loves cats despite being extremely allergic. Rachel and her husband Corey adopted a sweet beagle mix named Lucy in November of 2017. Before starting at Hight Jackson in 2011 she never realized there were so many complex elements that go into the design and construction of a building and considers herself very lucky to have her own little role in this industry.

Email: rmcanally@hjarch.com

 

Lorrie Smith

 
An Arkansan by birth, Lorrie moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1992 to attend the University of Arkansas, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture. She lives in Rogers with her husband and their two lively boys. She finds inspiration in the details, enjoys spending time on the jobsite, and loves seeing the positive impact that a good project can bring to an area.   In her free time, you can find her geocaching with the kids or researching family genealogy.

Email: lsmith@hjarch.com

 

Robert Snyder

 
His legend precedes him the way lightning precedes thunder, and when it is raining, it is because he is thinking about something sad. If he were to give you directions, you'd never get lost and you'd arrive at least 5 minutes early. His charm is so contagious, vaccines have been created for it. Every time he goes for a swim, dolphins appear. If he were to mail a letter without a postage, it would still get there. His beard alone has experienced more than most people do in their entire lives. He is the most interesting Robert in the world.

Email: rsnyder@hjarch.com

 

Leslie Torres

 
Leslie grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2019 with a bachelor’s of Architecture. She is passionate about design at the human scale, but is also interested in how it can affect others on a bigger scale in everyday life. Leslie enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her dog. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, site seeing, bookmaking, and is a bullet journal enthusiast.

Email: ltorres@hjarch.com

 

Cary Walker

 
Cary pursued General Studies at the University of Arkansas and received an Associate Degree in Applied Science with an emphasis in Architectural Design and Computer Science at Northwest Arkansas Community College.  He has been with Hight Jackson for over 14 years as a CAD/BIM technician. He manages small projects and handles most of the IT work load. He enjoys producing quality construction documents which help the construction process run as smoothly as possible. Raised in a rural part of Southwest Missouri, he naturally enjoys outdoor hobbies such as camping, fly fishing, and kayaking in the Ozarks. Much of his time is spent playing and listening to live music.

Email: cwalker@hjarch.com

 

Jeanie Ward

 
Jeanie and her husband moved to Rogers in 1977 with their three children. She loves being a grandmother to her eight grandchildren and enjoys reading. When Jeanie started working for Hight Jackson in 1983, there were only four employees. She has seen the company grow and evolve from producing specifications on a typewriter to high tech computer drafting programs.  She would not want to work anywhere else.

Email: jweanie@hjarch.com