ALLEVATO Merges with a National Retail Architectural Firm, HFA

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The architectural firm ALLEVATO, announces it has merged with the national retail architectural and engineering firm, HFA. The Northwest Arkansas based HFA is consistently ranked nationally in the top five retail architectural firms.

Our clients are seeking a strong knowledge of design and problem-solving experience

The HFA| ALLEVATO firm will have enhanced design capability, greater expertise and knowledge of retail design, new resources and staffing to compete with larger firms within the retail community.

The new relationship offers ALLEVATO an opportunity to expand its wealth of quality design experience in retail architecture to other geographic areas and clients as well as offering the added value of engineering services to their existing client base

Lou Allevato, AIA, Principal and Founder of ALLEVATO Architects stated, “We are excited about merging our practice with HFA, and see this new venture as an ideal match of personalities, values, and skills. Our clients are seeking a strong knowledge of design and problem-solving experience. The collaboration of HFA and ALLEVATO allows us to deliver on that need, and grant us the opportunity to work with the best talent in the industry to advance the strong and longtime personal relationships we have built with our clients.” Mr. Allevato will continue his leadership role as a Principal within the HFA organization.

HFA, founded 26 years ago as Harrison French & Associates, LTD., has 190 + employees with offices in Bentonville, Arkansas and Fort Worth, Texas. The multi-disciplinary design firm provides Architecture, Interior Design, MEP Engineering, Fire Protection, Refrigeration Engineering, Fueling Design, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Landscape Architecture services to the education, retail, commercial and assisted living markets throughout the U.S. and Mexico. HFA was recently ranked in the top 5 firms nationally for the Retail Market by Architectural Record and by Commercial Construction & Renovation Magazine.

“ALLEVATO is a very solid architectural firm with a creative and talented staff. Going forward, I know our clients will have many positive experiences as our teams learn from each other and bring different perspectives and solutions to our collaborative process of design,” said Harrison French, CEO and Founder of HFA.


ALLEVATO, currently with over 20 people on staff, has been involved in over 20 million square feet of retail development over the past fourteen years working nationally with some of the top retail developers. ALLEVATO has become known for designing responsive solutions that guarantee every project is successfully positioned in the marketplace, now and in the future. The firm is well known nationally for quality architectural design of mixed-used developments, open-air shopping centers and outlet malls. In addition to their retail design practice, ALLEVATO brings high impact design for brand driven restaurant tenants such as Joey Kramer’s Rockin’ & Roastin’ Café and convenience stores such as the New England based Cumberland Farms.

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