Ernest Banks

Associate AIA

Intern Architect

As someone with deep respect for the natural and built environment, Ernest sees architecture as the keystone of communities across the world. He believes, by having a diverse set of experiences, a collaborative spirit, and a curious mind that designers can bring people together like no one else can.

Born and raised in Little Rock, Ernest grew up admiring the arts and design. He wanted to be an architect since middle school, when he placed 1st in an E.A.S.T Conference Architecture competition for designing a community outreach building.

Before pursuing a career in architecture, Ernest worked towards becoming a Civil Engineer. After reflecting on his career path, he knew that the world of design was for him, and the experiences he gained by working in the engineering profession still impacts his design thinking to this day.

While in school at the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, Ernest worked with his local NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) Chapter, to raise awareness for the issues of inclusion, opportunity and diversity within the architecture community at large. This acted as a launching pad for his desire to return to his hometown, and get involved with the local government as well as the design communities such as studioMAIN. He hopes to make long lasting connections that can impact the growth and development of Little Rock in the years to come.

In addition to architecture, Ernest has a deep love for animation. From the classic Zoetrope, to CGI, and all things in between he is fascinated with how animation and architecture can be used to understand the built environment more fully.