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OUR Clients ARE OUR most important resource

BIG OAK STUDIO is founded on the premise that our Clients are the most important resource for any project. Truly understanding our Client’s vision through continuous involvement in the design process results in successful design solutions for our clients and their communities. With this client-based focus, BIG OAK STUDIO has grown from three root values: RELATIONSHIP DRIVEN, CONSERVATION FOCUSED and COMMITMENT BASED.

Relationship Driven

PEOPLE MATTER:  At BIG OAK STUDIO we believe that all relationships are important. Each project requires a committed team of designers and other partners to bring key insights to project solutions. BIG OAK STUDIO is committed to providing unique designs for each client through a robust process which “discovers” shared solutions instead of dictating generic outcomes.

Conservation Focused

RESOURCES ARE FINITE: Conservation is key to every successful project, from understanding a Client’s budget is limited and their time valuable, to knowing this planet has limited resources and so our projects must be sustainable and resilient for the future . BIG OAK STUDIO is focused on being a good steward of all resources associated with our Client’s design solutions.

Commitment Based

SUCCESS IS LONG TERM: Every project is a commitment for the Client, society, and the environment. A project that is difficult to maintain, expensive to use, or does not improve lives is not a design solution. BIG OAK STUDIO is committed to evaluating the operations, maintenance, and overall impact of every design solution, both now and for future generations.

We Serve All of Arkansas and Beyond







Big Oak Studio
4424 McGee Road
Benton, Arkansas 72019
(501) 672-9280

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When you have Clint [Whitley at Big Oak Studios] on your project you know that it will be done thoroughly. It will be done efficiently, it will be done within budget and he is there for us as the client. He will go toe to toe with the contractor and/or design team on behalf of the owner each time.

Through our project here at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, he has been our number one advocate to ensure that the issues that we had in the past were addressed in this renovation. But not just addressed but that our envelope exceeds standards and ensures us that we are “future-proofing” this building for generations to come.

Clint being an architect in the commissioning world brings an entirely different prospective that other engineering firms cannot provide. Through his lens the entire project is considered not just his scope of work. He can and will catch things that can be often overlooked.

He has advised me on several occasions during this project that has reiterated to me that we made the right choice hiring Big Oak Studio.

Erik Swindle
Director of Facilities and Security
Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (formerly Arkansas Arts Center)

As an architect, Clint [Whitley at Big Oak Studio] has a superior understanding of construction assemblies and brings a high level of expertise to the commissioning process as it relates to the building enclosure as a whole.

Clint is responsive to customer concerns and takes a proactive approach to working with contractors on issues arising in the field.

Paul Zinni
exp Federal Inc.


Our founder Clint Whitley has received the following prestigious certifications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison:

Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP)

Accredited Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE)

Design professionals holding the CxA+BE accreditation, in addition to the BECxP certification, are recognized by their peers as being the foremost experts in the design, construction, commissioning and maintenance of building enclosures. BIG OAK STUDIO is committed to helping our clients navigate the entire commissioning process; we apply our comprehensive knowledge of the latest building sciences during design phase, followed by inspection and testing oversight during construction, to insure the best enclosure outcomes for every project.

BIG OAK STUDIO is proud to have been selected as the Building Enclosure Commissioning Agent for Reimagine the Arkansas Arts Center, a $128 million renovation of the MacArthur Park facility. We are excited to help improve Arkansans’ access to art, education and culture.

On September 19, our founder Clint Whitley received the JR Anderson Volunteer Leadership Award from the Arkansas Chapter of the US Green Building Council. It was given at the chapter’s Green Tie Dinner in Little Rock. BIG OAK STUDIO loves doing sustainable work in the community.