Bart Kline, Partner
When I was a very young child I spent my days at my Dad’s architectural office. To this day there’s an old folding cot tucked in a broom closet that was used for my afternoon naps. As a teenager I spent many hours running blue prints or learning the best way to cut a 2” x 4” without losing a limb. It was this early exposure to architecture that inspired me to become an architect.
My interest was further developed while studying abroad in Rome, Italy. I developed a passion for urban planning while studying at the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, an internationally recognized outreach center of the Fay Jones School of Architecture. While there, several of my school projects were published or received awards. I graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture Magna Cum Laude.
After graduating I came back home to work for the family business, Kline Swinney Associates. At that point a recession was in full bloom so I hit the streets looking to develop the business and have never stopped.
I am currently involved in every aspect of the business, from managing clients and projects to designing buildings and creating master plans. I spend quite a bit of time on the front end of the project maneuvering through planning, zoning, codes, construction cost, and possible design scenarios to help solidify project goals.
I have been fortunate enough to be the lead design and project manager on projects ranging from large mixed-use and residential planning developments to the design of standalone buildings for specific markets such as educational and multi-family. I look at every project with a fresh set of eyes and believe that it is my duty as a Designer to create a facility that meets my client’s objectives and improves the quality of the environment through a team approach.
My favorite past times are renovating old properties, Calling those Arkansas Hogs (Woooooo, Pig! Sooie!), or boating with my three kids and my lovely wife, Gabby, on Kentucky Lake.