We love our members! We will be showcasing members throughout the year.
Mark Gandy, AIA of Integrated Architecture
Bio: I am a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Master of Architecture degree. After three decades of architecture in Oklahoma, I am excited to begin a new position as Vice President with Integrated Architecture in Edmond, Oklahoma. I live in Edmond with my wife, Laura. My 26-year-old son, Paul, and his wife Alyssa currently live in Kansas City where Alyssa teaches 1st grade and Paul attends and works as an admissions counselor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. My daughter, Grace, is a 19-year-old freshman at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. I am looking forward to this season of opportunity with my new firm and spending time with our adult children, family, and friends.
How long have you been a Member of AIA? 25 years
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? I enjoy Architecture Week and professional project review. We are fortunate to have consistent, strong AIA leadership in central Oklahoma. I feel privileged to have been able to serve with my architectural colleagues.
What is your favorite thing about AIA? I chose to become involved as a leader in Oklahoma AIA to advocate for the architectural profession. I also value all I have learned through networking in Oklahoma and nationally with colleagues.
Why did you choose to get involved in the AIA Board? I have seen firsthand how architects can influence the community by creating, understanding, and designing spaces.
What is one of your favorite designs in central Oklahoma? The Children’s Center in Bethany, Oklahoma. The Children’s Center project allowed me to design spaces which would bring the outside indoors for children that do not have that opportunity. To be able to serve and be part of a project which improves the lives of children is extremely special.
Do you do any volunteer work? I am an active member of Toastmasters International and serve as a Board Member for Baptist Village Communities of Oklahoma. I also teach youth Sunday School and have played drums in our worship band for many years at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.
Window or aisle? Absolutely aisle.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Early Saturday mornings and a few days during the week, I am with my running buddies at Lake Hefner, Mitch Park, or running around our community.
Leslie Goode, Assoc. AIA of Harrison Walker & Harper
Bio: I started working at an architectural firm as the receptionist in 1983 and a few years later was asked to consider the position of marketing director. I reluctantly said yes but soon discovered this was my passion. I worked for several architectural firms in Oklahoma City for more than 25 years before joining the construction industry where I’ve been for the past 9 years. When I’m not working I enjoy traveling worldwide where seeing new architecture and museums are always at the top of my “to-do” list
How long have you been an Associate Member of AIA? 22 years
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Architecture Tour followed by Design Award
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? I’d have to say the friendships I’ve made are my number one favorite thing about AIA. I love being exposed to this creative environment and I’m really inspired by the talent we have in our community.
Why did you choose to get involved in the AIA Board? The opportunity to give back to the AEC community; networking; camaraderie with architects and vendor partners
What drew you to marketing? I enjoy being in a dynamic, creative atmosphere brainstorming with colleagues figuring out how to reach our audience
Do you do any volunteer work? Over the past 22 years I have volunteered my time to many AIA COC, Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture and other AEC events including work with Habitat for Humanity, Neighborhood Alliance, Infant Crisis Center and the Food Bank.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? My favorite place of design is Oklahoma City! Love what’s happening in Downtown / Midtown / SOSA / Film Row . . .
If you were a super hero, who would you be? A super hero with the ability to fly!
Window or aisle? Window
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Drinking coffee at home or the lake
Jason Hukill, AIA of LWPB Architecture
Provide a Short Bio: I am a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Architecture and a registered architect in the State of Oklahoma and a LEED Accredited Professional and I work for LWPB Architecture as a Project Manager and Architect. I currently live in Edmond Oklahoma with my wife Jessica, 14 year old son Zavian, and dog Luna (our furbaby). Lately our lives seem to revolve around fitting DIY projects in between sports watching seasons, my son’s Boy Scout activities, and camping in our travel trailer all over the region (especially Colorado).
How long have you been a member of AIA? Since 1998
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Sporting Clays Tournament (shooting guns relaxes me)
Why did you choose to get involved in the AIACOC Board? Other than to serve the design community I love, I wanted to connect with other like-minded professionals and to really dig in to get to know our local architectural community and its culture.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? Fellowship. Even though we are technically an institute that promotes architects, I like the fellowship the AIA brings through our various activities and the opportunity to get to know and network with my professional peers and business associates. Great stories, great memories, great company…and all in a creative environment.
What attracted you to the architectural profession? I was always drawing as a child, and then one day I drew a floor plan of our house and was hooked from then on. My first drafting class was in 7th grade and made the obsession real after winning first place in a drafting contest in middle school. I never knew I could draw a nut and bolt isometric so well….LOL.
Do you do any volunteer work? My wife and I would be considered “transient” volunteers as we spread our time over a lot of different causes and groups. Lately our focus has been on organizations dedicated to fighting cancer.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? Although a World’s Fair was never held here in OKC, I remember as a kid riding the monorail, ascending the space needle tower, and seeing all the modern buildings (at the time) at our State Fairgrounds and I also have fond memories of when all this was still functional. It’s was sort of like Jetsons meet the prairie!
If you were a super hero, who would you be? The Flash, as I would be able to speed everywhere and cover more ground.
Window or aisle? Aisle……I know. I know, it’s not the fun answer, but ever since I went skydiving in college, heights and views from 30,000ft now bother me. Go figure!
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? It’s a toss-up between coffee on the patio or a walking/running trail around town.
Dawn Byram of Timberlake Construction
Short Bio: Dawn currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Timberlake Construction, a commercial construction company based in Oklahoma City. Prior to joining The Timberlake Construction, Dawn served as director of marketing for First Med Urgent Care, national public relations director for Surgery Centers of America, media and community relations director for the Oklahoma Health and Human Services Cabinet Secretary and as marketing director for health and mental health entities in Florida. Dawn is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class X and serves on the Board of Directors for the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond and volunteers for Positive Tomorrows. She is a member of the Board of Advisers for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, downtown Rotary Club 29 and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.
How long have you been an Allied member of AIA: Timberlake has been a member for fourteen years.
What is your favorite AIA event: I enjoy the relaxed networking events and love the architectural tour
What drew you to Business Development: I value long lasting, mutually respectful relationships and believe that we all like to do business with people we know and trust. I enjoy really getting to know people and building that trust. There is never a dull moment!
Do you do any volunteer work: I am a member of several organizations and on the board for some, such as Leadership Oklahoma, downtown Rotary Club 29, CREW, the Fine Arts Institute of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Chamber Advisory Board. I’m involved in volunteer work with Positive Tomorrows and animal rescue.
What is your favorite design in Oklahoma: I love historical buildings and that so many of them are now being restored. I don’t know that I have a favorite design, but a couple that I admire are the Phillips Tower in Bartlesville, the Skirvin and of course the Devon Tower. I’m really excited about the plans for First National.
If you were a super hero, who would you be: I have no idea – not my thing (:
Window or Aisle: The aisle – I hate being boxed in.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you: The gym or running.
Coleman Harrison of Coreslab Structures
Give a Short Bio: Born in El Reno, OK on Oct. 20, 1960. Graduated from El Reno High School in 1979. Received an Associate Degree in Structural Drafting and Design from Platt College and have class credits from El Reno Junior College, OSU OKC, Redlands Community College and OCCC. My adult jobs have been; draftsman for HK&S Iron Co.; Draftsman/Bridge and Building Inspector for Sturm Engineering; Construction Administrator with ADG; Project Manager for Advanced Masonry/Structural Stone and Project Consultant for Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc.. Married my wife, Debbie, in 1981. We have two children, Lauren 30 and Joel 26, one Grandson Michael Joe 2 and one Granddaughter (due early April) Harrison.
How long have you been a member of AIA? 9 years
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Architecture Tours
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? Being able to meet so many creative people through the various events.
What drew you to the precast concrete business? I have always been interested in the structure of things. I love the aesthetics of beautiful buildings, but I always think of the structure that is holding them up. So this was a natural fit.
Do you do any volunteer work? I have been a volunteer for El Reno Main Street for 26 years.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? The Skirvin Hotel – I love older buildings and especially old hotels. The newer hotels typically do not have the character of the older ones and wouldn’t it be fun if those walls could talk!
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Superman, it would be great to have superhuman vision and to be able to fly, for starters.
Window or aisle? I use to be a window person, but on a flight to Paris a few years back I was converted. In the middle of the night over the Atlantic, I thought I was the only person that could not sleep. As I was watching a movie, Here comes this adorable little 2 year old girl with her Daddy walking the aisles to keep her entertained. I looked at them and smiled and they both smiled back. For hours, every time they passed, she would touch my arm and give me the sweetest little smile and occasionally she would say something in French that her Dad would translate . So now I am an aisle person.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Out on a long bicycle ride with my wife.
Jeff Tice, Assoc. AIA of ADG, P.C.
Bio: I was born and raised here in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and will be 34 years old in May of this year. I have a beautiful wife and two wonderful healthy children ages 5 and 7. I have lived in the Edmond/Deer Creek area for about three years. I have been involved in the Architecture and Engineering industry for a little over ten years. Although I worked in the Civil industry for approximately two years before landing my first architecture job. I played sports growing up my whole life, I played Junior College baseball where I was a pitcher and an academic All-American in 2002-2003 at Redlands. Playing all those sports growing up may very well be why my competitive nature shows through at all the AIA Kickball tournaments and any other event I may be involved in. I have been with ADG for about 5 years and love the projects and people I work with.
How long have you been a member of AIA? 8+ years
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? I loved two — the kickball and the volleyball tournaments last year.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? My favorite thing about AIA is the ability it has to bring different like-minded professionals together for growth and fellowship. It creates a social platform that bridges the gap between different styles of architecture and practice while allowing members to gain insight through a holistic viewpoint.
What drew you to architecture? When I was around nine or ten years old my parents were looking to buy, or build a house in a new area. I was amazed at the different types of floor plans that we looked at and how vastly different they all were. So, I asked my parents to buy me some grid paper and I began to sketch out floor plans that included my parents interests and desires. I began to listen to their wish list so I could try to incorporate them into a living floor plan. I was hooked! Over the next few months I couldn’t stop drawing more and more floor plans for houses, the houses always getting bigger and better until my imagination really exceeded any actual budgetary reality. In that moment at the age of nine I knew that point I wanted to be involved in architecture.
Do you do any volunteer work? I’m a Life Church volunteer and I coach Little League football, baseball and basketball. And, I volunteer for AIA Central Oklahoma, of course.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? Any of the projects I have worked on. No, seriously, probably the Stage Center/Botanical Gardens area or The American Indian Cultural Center & Museum.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Because of my Revit modeling background, I would have to say The Green Lantern or Batman, mostly because I would have a firm grasp of what it means to be able to model or conjure anything from imagination, or even use one of my self-made tools that I needed to conquer evil (in a “.rfa format” of course).
Window or aisle? Window
Jordan Hall, Assoc. AIA of Boynton Williams and Associates
Short Bio: Born and raised in Lawton, OK, I moved to Norman to attend OU where I majored in Architecture. While in school, I was heavily involved in AIAS and the CoA student council, graduating a little over a year ago in May 2016. After graduation I started working full-time at Boynton Williams and Associates, where I interned for two years while in school. I recently passed all of my ARE’s and have just a few months left until I complete my AXP (IDP) hours and can finally don the title of Architect. I have been married for almost a year with no pets, no kids, and a lot of fun.
How long have you been a member of AIA? I have been an associate member for about 6 months now.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Or if you’re new, what are you most looking forward to participating in? I’m pretty new and have been to a limited number of events, but my favorite so far is Architecture after 5. I have always been a social person and I feel like this event really caters to that.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? It provides a platform to connect with other architecture professionals which could be difficult to do otherwise.
What drew you to architecture? For most of my formative years I wanted to be an industrial designer. After a family vacation to New York City, I realized how deeply the design of spaces can impact individuals. Now I can’t really imagine doing anything else with my life.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? It may be because I am recent graduate and spent a lot of time on OU’s campus, but the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is definitely my favorite place of design. Although beautifully detailed, the museum is minimalistic in form and steps aside giving attention to the art it houses.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? I would be Nightcrawler from X-men, whose power is teleportation. I have not yet been able to travel much and would love nothing more than to be able to go anywhere and see anything in the blink of an eye. I wouldn’t like the blue skin part, but it would be a worthwhile sacrifice.
Window or aisle? Window if I am flying over land. I enjoying watching the world go by from that “Google Earth” view. But aisle if I am flying over the ocean. I am not a fan of the ocean.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? You would find me in sweats making an unhealthy breakfast and getting a slow start on the day. No one is perfect.
Chris Nuttle, AIA of Guernsey
Give a Short Bio:Born in Michigan. Grew up in Blackwell. Went to college at OSU (Go Pokes!). Ran track for a year at OSU (wow that was a long time and 20 pounds ago). Spent a year of exchange in Belgium in a city called Louvain-La-Neuve. (A very interesting town. Basically a college town built from scratch, and designed for pedestrians. The center of town isn’t even accessible by automobile, except for underground parking.) Out of school I worked in OKC for 2 years, then San Diego for 6 years, and now back in OKC for close to 7 years. I really enjoy putting on my headphones, and walking urban areas to experience the energy that the architecture and city planning create. I am also passionate about the arts and education.
How long have you been a member of AIA? 8 years all together
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Favorite AIA Central Oklahoma Activity? Golf Tourney. Favorite AIA Central Oklahoma “event”? Luncheons- Especially when we have a speaker that really pushes me to re-evaluate a topic.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? Leadership AIA – I highly suggest this for architects that aspire to be leaders within the profession and within their respective firms.
Why did you choose to get involved in the AIA Board? I am passionate about how we as architects can engage the people of Oklahoma, to help them understand the merits of great architecture and planning.
What drew you to architecture? That it’s partly a creative art that almost everyone uses and experiences. I really like the idea that architecture can make life a more enjoyable and mind expanding experience for everyone who experiences our work.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? Architecturally, Boston Avenue Methodist Church. There is just something about the tower that I find captivating.
From a planning perspective, the MAPs projects and the street projects that create “identity” are providing for a very strong design “backbone” for OKC.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? I really like how Dr. Strange can bend and form space around him, but I grew up a Batman fan. So….. Dr. Strangebat?
Window or aisle? Always the window, I love seeing cities and landscapes from above. (top tip: sitting over the wings, or slightly in front of them, is typically the smoothest ride during flight.)
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Working on art or catching up on my “to do” list, with political news, music, golf, or football on the tube in the background.
Jon Murphy of Thermal Windows
Give a Short Bio: I was born and raised in Tulsa, and until this week, I have never lived outside of the same 3 square miles – finally moving to a new home in Collinsville! I’ve been married almost 24 years and we have 5 children ages 22, 21, 19, 14 and 3… yes, 3! The bulk of my career so far has been spent building custom homes, but I have worked for Thermal Windows for almost 6 year now as their Sales Rep for Oklahoma and Arkansas.
How long have you been an Allied member of AIA Central Oklahoma? 5 years
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Being busy in Tulsa, I don’t make it over to OKC as often as I should – so the event I look forward to the most is the annual AIA-Oklahoma Convention.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? Not growing up or being educated in the architectural community, I have found it extremely interesting each time I attend an AIA luncheon, or visit with architects one-on-one about their projects. An architect’s experiences and perspectives are so vast that I learn something with each encounter.
What drew you to the window business? Honestly, the downturn of the housing market in ‘08/’09 forced me to consider other options. With my many connections in the residential housing industry and growing up with Thermal Windows just down the street, it was a perfect match for me.
Do you do any volunteer work? My focus for the last 10 years has been to serve as the worship leader for our church in Owasso. It requires about 10-12 hours each week to plan and rehearse the songs we sing.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? I’m a bit partial to Tulsa, so my favorite place is downtown. As a kid, I never went there much, but these last few years of revitalization in our area have opened up so many more opportunities to spend time there. Just the feel of being around the many historical, art deco buildings is very special.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? I would like to say someone like Captain America, but I think I identify much more with the Incredible Hulk. (I’m a former band geek and used to be afraid of girls, so I always felt like sort of a loner – plus, the explosive anger problem didn’t help either – but I’m largely over that!) And it was my favorite TV show in the late 70’s
Window or aisle? Window on short flights – Aisle on long flights (I hate climbing over people or asking them to get up when I have to use the facilities)
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? My one day a week to sleep in! (until 7:00 or so when the 3-yr old wants her daddy time!) After a typical pancake breakfast, it’s off to something sports-related with our 14-yr old. But this year I’m looking forward to several fun projects at our new home that I have planned.
Darren Bobbitt of AEC Recruiting
Give a Short Bio: I’ve been married for 20 years to my wife Jennifer. We have 2 boys (Easton 14 years old and Alex 12 years old). I earned my Mechanical Engineering degree and worked as a Design Engineer for 3 years. Because I love to work directly with people, I was able to find a Sales Engineering position for an Autodesk Reseller covering AR, OK, TX, MS, KS, and TN. I did this for 12 years. During this time, I established a lot of relationships with Architects, Designers, and Architectural firms. I noticed there was an opportunity to help Architects achieve their career goals and this is where I got the calling to start my own business AEC Recruiting.
How long have you been an Allied member of AIA? I became a member February 2017. But I’ve attended several Annual AIA Conventions in Stillwater.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? The Golf Tournament.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? The Annual Convention and being able to meet with Architects, Designers, and Architectural firms.
What drew you to AEC recruiting? I really enjoy working directly with people. I saw a need to work with Architects and Architectural Firms and have enjoyed every minute.
Do you do any volunteer work? I coach my 14 and 12 year olds sports teams (football, baseball, and basketball).
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? The State Capitol Building.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Flash, Speed!
Window or aisle? Window
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Usually at one of my boys basketball, football, or baseball games!
Christy Botello of Bryan’s Flooring
Short Bio: Originally from Moore, OK, I attended OKCCC and Rose State College focusing on Business and Marketing. I have been in the flooring industry for 15 years with an emphasis on tile for 12 of those years. I started out working with residential customers on their personal projects including design and eventually transitioned to commercial where I enjoy contributing to public spaces the most! I am very involved in McLoud school activities and events and have spent time volunteering with the Pecan Valley Baptist Church Awana program as a T&T leader now for 6 years. I recently joined Bryan’s Flooring as the Business Development Coordinator with the goal to be a better resource for the A&D community. In 2017 I am excited to see the company expanding and look forward to growth this next year. Pertaining to my personal life, I am married with three beautiful kids, we live East of OKC and some might say we have our own personal zoo! I also enjoy gardening, boating, camping and cooking.
How long have you been a member of AIA? This will be my 5th year as an allied member of AIA.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? KIDesign by far!
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? I really enjoy the diversity of AIA members as well as the different events held each year-I feel as though I always learn something and meet someone new at every event.
What drew you to the flooring business? The opportunity to contribute to the aesthetics of a finished space that other people will be able to enjoy has always been something that I love.
Do you do any volunteer work? I teach AWANA classes at my church, am regularly involved in McLoud Public School events, have been a Girl Scout Troop leader and have also worked with Focus on Home.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? 100 Park Avenue Building-it’s Art Deco detail both inside and out is my favorite.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Wonder Woman, hands down!
Window or aisle? Window
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Outside with my family whenever weather permits-taking care of gardens or animals is so therapeutic!
Melody Stinson, AIA of Rees Associates, Inc.
Short Bio: I graduated from Choctaw High School in 1997, then OU in 2002 and earned my Oklahoma architectural license in 2007. I am a Project Architect, Specifier and Construction Administrator with Rees Associates, Inc. for the last 9 years, working on commercial projects throughout the US including healthcare, corporate offices, casinos, government and higher education. I am very involved with CSI, and have earned Certified Construction Specifier and Certified Construction Contract Administrator designations. I am the current Vice President for CSI OKC and hold numerous committee positions in the chapter. I am excited to start my term as Director for AIA COC in January! Outside of the professional realm, I have 2 dogs and the cutest niece and nephew ever and I enjoy travel, music, movies, books and origami.
How long have you been a member of AIA? I was an AIAS member in college and have been an AIA member since 2002.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? The Architecture tour is always fun, it’s great to see what others are doing and all the cool local projects!
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? Keeping up with colleagues, networking.
What drew you to architecture? My dad is an electrical engineer, so I grew up around the field. I decided to pursue architecture while visiting the Supreme Court building in Washington DC while in high school, I thought it was cool that the architect was long gone but his building remained as a legacy.
Do you do any volunteer work? Oh yes, I volunteer with CSI at the chapter, region and Institute level; I always try to volunteer for the AIA COC Architecture Tour when I don’t have schedule conflicts, the Women in Architecture LEGO night, cooking meals a few times a year for the families staying at the Toby Keith Foundation Kids Korral, Chocolate Decadence, events including the Arts Festival, 12×12, Cloud City, and the 2016 2nd annual Oklahoma Hip-Hop Festival. I recently got involved with the Windsor Area Business Group and I mentor students at OU CoA. I have previously volunteered with Make-a-Wish, Junior Achievement, CANstruction benefitting City Rescue Mission, and Sunbeam/Educare. One of my favorites is Focus on Home – I served last year and am on the committee this year planning and participating in the 2nd annual Design Appetit benefitting this awesome charity!
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? Price Tower in Bartlesville; I like quirky. I grew up in a dome home, so I’m a bit partial to the Gold Dome as well.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Wonder Woman. She can do pretty much everything and who wouldn’t want a lasso of truth?
Window or aisle? Window, I like the view!
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? First, coffee! Then volunteering somewhere or checking out estate sales or working on random projects at my house.
Justin Woolverton of GE Johnson Construction
Provide a short bio. I was born and raised in Oklahoma, and received my Bachelors in Construction Science from the University of Oklahoma in 2006. I am newly married to my beautiful wife, Megan, and we have one fur baby named Brody.
How long have you been a member of AIA? 2 years.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? The golf tournament.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? Meeting new people in the industry and learning how we can improve.
What drew you to construction? I think it all stemmed from my childhood love of Legos and Tinker Toys.
Do you do any volunteer work? This past year I helped out with projects for Habitat for Humanity and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? The Presbyterian Church at 25th and Western
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Magnum PI. Not considered a super hero by some, but respected by all.
Window or aisle? Window.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Either at the gym or riding my Harley.
Ed Harris AHC, CML, CDT, LEED-AP of Dorma Kaba
Provide a short bio: Grew up in a small town in Upstate NY near the Finger Lakes. Left college to become a locksmith, alarm tech & safecracker. Yes, my fingerprints are on file with the Fed because of my training. Then off for a job in the Caribbean, where I eventually opened my own business, married and had 3 kids. Took lots of stateside trips to train for and pass the Certified Master Locksmith and Architectural Hardware Consultant exams. In 1996, hurricanes blew us to Arizona where I worked as a project manager/spec writer. My wife passed from breast cancer in 2006. (Call me Mr. Mom.) Recession drove me to Oklahoma to work. Two kids (adults finally) are still in living Arizona and one moved home to the Virgin Islands. Working with dormakaba for two years as a Specification Consultant on Hardware, all-glass doors, automatic swinging and sliding doors, revolving doors, glass walls, turnstiles, electronic hospitality locks, electrified hardware and access control.
How long have you been a member of AIA? 2 years.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Chit, Chat. Love seeing what people come up with.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? The diversity of the membership.
What drew you to being a hardware geek? Love of mechanical things. Did you know that there are over 1 million ways to configure an exit device!
Do you do any volunteer work? Every month I volunteer for an evening at The Regional Foodbank. Used to work weekends with Habitat for Humanity in Central Arizona.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? The random bison spread around town. Great idea.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Green Lantern. He’s got alien buddies!
Window or aisle? Window. Either reading, sleeping or watching the view and comparing it to maps.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Cooking breakfast AFTER making coffee. I always cook too much food.
Thomas Small, AIA of Small Architects
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Before the back started going out, golf. Now, probably the annual skeet shoot.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? The support architects are willing to give to each other, to the practice of architecture, and the call to excellence in the design of our built environment.
What drew you to architecture? My father, insisting that I “figure out a major before the end of the semester, or the funding will stop”… Actually, I love the combination of art, math and science that architecture involves.
Do you do any volunteer work? Served 6 years on the Oklahoma City Historic Preservation Commission, and volunteer for other non-architectural endeavors.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? I still prefer God’s design of the natural world over any designs by man. Therefore, I’d probably say the Wichita Wildlife Refuge or the Black Mesa are my favorites in Oklahoma.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Underdog – for obvious reasons…
Window or aisle? Definitely window – I enjoy seeing God’s creation from a bird’s perspective.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Reading and watching “Lucky Dog” with my Australian Shepherd “Ginger”.
Seth Cavin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP of Spur Design
Provide a Short Bio: I’m an Oklahoma native and a 2003 University of Oklahoma Architecture graduate. After spending five years in Kansas City, my wife Erin and I moved back to Oklahoma. In 2008, I struck out on my own and started Spur Design. After seven fast-paced years, we now have three great kids, Elizabeth, Vivian and Hank and a great group of staff here in Oklahoma City and Kansas City.
How long have you been a member of AIA? Ten years.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Sporting Clays or Golf – anything outside.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? Sense of community. Whether here or in Kansas City, I’m always amazed at the comradery between fellow architects and their desire to promote and strengthen our profession.
What attracted you to the architectural profession? Growing up in Chickasha, I was given the opportunity to work for my father (an architect) at his firm. I enjoyed seeing the process unfold and the interaction between architects, engineers, contractors and clients.
Do you do any volunteer work? Yes – we are very active in our church (Quail Springs Baptist Church) and we look for opportunities to help those looking to help themselves.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? Anything Bruce Goff.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Batman – he’s well-funded.
Window or aisle? Aisle.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
James Howard, AIA, LEED AP of Architects In Partnership
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? My favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event is the sporting clay tourney. I love the smell of gun powder in the morning!
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? My favorite thing about the AIA is the wealth of information and professional knowledge that can be accessed online.
What attracted you to architecture? Since I was very young, I was very interested in art, design, science and construction. But as I started to read more about the history of architecture and the biographies of famous architects I came to the realization that for me architecture was an opportunity to help others create elegant solutions. It is the personal interaction with my colleagues and clients that really has attracted me to architecture and sustained me as an architect.
Do you do any volunteer work? I miss those days when I was civically active and coaching soccer, but raising a family and my work has placed some limits on my ability to volunteer. When the opportunity presents itself though, I enjoy volunteering at church and for my son’s soccer club.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? My favorite place of design is the OU campus. I used to spend countless hours on weekends and in the summer as a young boy exploring the buildings. My favorite building on campus is the Bizzell Memorial Library with its blending of old and new(er) architecture. Who doesn’t like walking on the glass plate floor in the old Stacks?
If you were a super hero, who would you be? I took an online quiz found that I identify most with Spider-Man followed by Superman, The Flash, Iron Man and Green Lantern.
Window or aisle? I love to watch the earth below from the window seat…
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? You can usually find me at a soccer field somewhere in Oklahoma or the neighboring states!
Nathan Harwell, Assoc. AIA of Butzer Architects and Urbanism
Short Bio: I received both my birth certificate and my B.Arch in Norman. By day I work for Butzer Architects and Urbanism in downtown OKC, by night I play drums for the regionally-famous psych-rock band Helen Kelter Skelter. I have 967 facebook friends.
How long have you been a member of AIA? I joined shortly after being hired at BAU, just under a year and a half ago.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Award ceremonies and the architecture tour.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? I appreciate how the AIA highlights and recognizes notable firms, projects, and individuals across the US. Getting the magazine each month is always kind of a treat, too.
What attracted you to the architectural profession? Before college I spent a couple of years working for various home contractors building cabinets and hanging drywall, a time that was informative and rich with learning opportunities but also generally pretty awful. The experience ultimately made the decision to go to school a much more obvious one. After a year at OU and being admitted into the Visual Communication program I felt a pull to once again be involved with the physically built environment, only this time from the designers standpoint. Architecture was a challenging hybrid of multiple areas of personal interest.
Do you do any volunteer work? A few months ago I joined the AIACOC Graphics and Marketing Committee, if that counts. I also recently signed up to be on the Habitat for Humanity e-mail list.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? The OKC National Memorial. Call me biased, but even before knowing and working for Hans and Torrey Butzer, the designers of the memorial, I always enjoyed and appreciated the space. As a native Okie who remembers the bombing and touring the site immediately following the disaster, the project holds a lot of weight for me and resonates on a level deeper than just architecture. But, with that said, knowing and working with the designers is definitely pretty neat.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Wolverine, so I would never again have to deal with dull blades during model building. And I could live forever and watch my competitors and all of their projects wither away, eventually becoming the greatest architect of all time.
Window or aisle? As a taller fellow, aisle seats insure that at least one of my legs will be comfortable during the flight. That is, unless, there’s an emergency exit window seat available, then I get to have my pretzels and eat them, too.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? If not at the office honing my craft, either the McDonalds or Starbucks drive-thru line.
Kristin Jennings, Assoc. AIA of Fitzsimmons Architects
Provide a Short Bio: Originally from Ponca City, I’m a lifelong Oklahoman who graduated from OU in 2012. Last year I moved in to an old house, which has now pretty much become my hobby. I grew up in the country with a ton of animals (including miniature horses!), so of course I had to get a few of my own. I have two dogs, Carson and Stanley. I’m currently working on my license. My goal is to finish testing by 2017.
How long have you been a member of AIA? I first joined the student group (AIAS) in school, about 8 or 9 years ago. I then got my official (Associate) AIA membership about 3 years ago.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Architecture Week! Really, any time we get involved with the community to show them who we are and what we do.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? The opportunity to get to know others within the field in meaningful ways.
What attracted you to architecture? I’m constantly amazed at all the various forms in which spaces impact our mood, our health, and our life. I also love that Architecture isn’t a linear path – there are so many different ways to practice. I’m just getting started, so I can’t wait to see where this profession will take me.
Do you do any volunteer work? My volunteer work lately has been limited to the occasional AIA event. My favorite was volunteering for the AIA Tour! One of my goals for the next year is to get more involved – especially in the community.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? St. Patrick’s Catholic Church here in OKC. I love the light, the space-within-a-space, and the story.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Thor.
Window or aisle? Window, every time.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Probably on the couch with some coffee, my dogs, and a good book. Or trying to figure out what to do to the house next!
John Postic, AIA of Studio Architecture
Provide a Short Bio: I am an Oklahoma City native, earning my Bachelor of Architecture degree from OU. I left the state for a while, working briefly at a design firm in Beijing, earning my Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Pennsylvania, and working and teaching in Milwaukee before returning back to OKC about a year and a half ago to work with Studio. I have a beautiful wife, Jill, and a passion for urban design, architecture, and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
How long have you been a member of AIA? A little over a year and a half.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Probably the architecture tour.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? The professional camaraderie and our capacity for affecting great change in the built environment locally and nationally.
What attracted you to the architectural profession? Legos, of course.
Do you do any volunteer work? I recently designed a house for Positively Paseo, a local non-profit that works to revitalize historic neighborhoods in and around the downtown core. It was just completed last week, which is always a nice feeling.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? I’m torn between the Myriad Gardens and H&8th.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Jane Jacobs.
Window or aisle? Window.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? My wife and I are foodies, so Saturday mornings are for discovering new brunch spots.
Beth Pearcy, AIA of Boynton Williams & Associates
Please give us a short bio: I was born in Houston, Texas and moved to Edmond, Oklahoma when I was 10. I have two younger sisters, Berit and Gracie. Gracie lives with my parents in Denver, Colorado and Berit lives in Houston, Texas, so I spend a lot of my free time traveling to see them. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2012 and have been working for Boynton Williams & Associates since I graduated. I earned my architecture license this year. I have a dog, Ranger, he is named after my favorite baseball team.
How long have you been a member of AIA? 3 years
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Women in Architecture
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? Meeting my peers and forming relationships. I have found it to be so helpful that I always have someone that is eager to offer advice. Also, I like being able to put letters after my name.
What drew you to the Architectural Profession? I thought I was going to be an artist, my parents thought I was going to be an engineer. I guess being an architect was a good compromise.
What do you think/hope the profession will look like in 10 years? I hope the profession is more diverse. I think that architecture is something that demands diversity, the more perspectives that can be accommodated in a design the better.
Do you do any volunteer work? I try to do as much as I can. I recently volunteered for Zero Landfill and I think it is a fantastic program.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? St. Patrick’s Church in Oklahoma City. I didn’t know it existed until I went to a wedding there a couple months ago but now it’s my favorite.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Wonder Woman?
Window or aisle? I don’t care as long as I don’t have to sit in the middle seat.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Until recently I was studying for the ARE. But lately I’ve been watching college football on Saturday mornings.
Steven Bentley of Bentley Flooring
Short Bio: I am the older of two brothers. I was born and raised in OKC. Attended The University of Oklahoma. Worked in the flooring business from the age of 15-27 then got back into it in 2007. I have a beautiful wife, Jennifer and two great kids(a son, Parker and a daughter, Julianne).I love to play golf! If you can’t find me in the office, check the golf course!
How long have you been a member of AIA? 2 years
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? The Golf Tournament!
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? Meeting new people, building relationships, making friends, and learning about the architectural community and how we can better serve them.
What drew you to the flooring business? It has been a family business since 1946 and I have always wanted to work here.
Do you do any volunteer work? Yes. I am involved with Cleats for Kids, McBride Foundation Golf Committee, Christ the King School, and Bishop McGuinness High School
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? OKC Bombing Memorial/Museum
If you were a super hero, who would you be? Iron Man
Window or aisle? Window
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Watching a movie on the couch.
Geoffrey Parks, AIA of Studio Architecture
Short bio: Oldest child of two oldest children (which explains a lot about me), I grew up in suburban Tulsa. Graduated from The University of Oklahoma in ’94. I’ve been in Oklahoma City (this time) since ’01. I have a husband – David, who is Executive Director at Preservation Oklahoma. We have two Miniature Schnauzers, a cat (that really belongs to my brother), and an 83-year old house in the Shepherd Historic District – just west of OCU. I work at Studio Architecture.
How long have you been a member of AIA? 17 years.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Architecture Tour. It’s always a treat to see the great work going on here in Central Oklahoma.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA? Getting to hang out with other weird, socially-awkward architects like me.
What drew you to the Architectural Profession? Howard Roark. Or wait…maybe it was Mike Brady….. Really, though, I grew up around construction. Planning and design have always just been second-nature ever since I could pick up a pencil.
What do you think/hope the profession will look like in 10 years? I hope we are a profession even busier with adaptive-reuse and redevelopment projects, finding ourselves in a community that simultaneously embraces our history along with progress.
Do you do any volunteer work? Sure! Though, as President, most of my volunteer time goes to AIA right now.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? St. Patrick Catholic Church at 19th & Portland. Brilliant work from Robert Lawton Jones.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? I took an online quiz to help me answer this one. (That means it HAS to be true…right?) It came up as Superman. I guess that works. And I look good in blue.
Window or aisle? Window. Always.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? I’m up early – at the gym or riding my bike.
Bob Smith, Smith Lighting Sales
I was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts. In 1963 I graduated with a Bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Economics and Marketing. From 1963 until 1967 I worked as a Rep for a lighting agency in Cincinnati, Ohio. I went on to work as Regional Sales Manager in my families lighting business, Smithcraft, in 1967 until the company was sold in 1969. The sale included a non-compete clause for me, selling lighting other than that of our family business east of the Mississippi River.
In 1969 I came to Oklahoma City at the end of December in a camper and officed in a 10×10 space. In the past 45 years, Smith Lighting Sales has grown from a 1 man business to a 20 employee company in two different cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Our business has thrived from having our products selected and specified by the architectural community.
How long have you been a member of AIA Central Oklahoma?
Smith Lighting Sales has been a member of AIA for 25 years and I have loved every minute of it.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event?
My two favorite AIA events are the Annual Spring Golf Outing and the Awards Banquet. I greatly enjoy the opportunity AIA provides to socialize with people that we work with on a day to day basis.
What drew you to the lighting industry?
There are a couple of stories about how I got into the lighting business. First, I wrestled in high school and was not very good at it so I always ended up looking at the ceiling and light fixtures. Second and more accurately, my family had a small lighting business so I naturally gravitated to it.
What do you think/hope the lighting industry will look like in 10 years?
In 10 years I think the lighting industry will be similar to what we have today but be almost entirely LED and the specifiers will have much more influence in the selection of products and application design.
Do you do any volunteer work?
I met my wife Nancy in 1972 and we have been married ever since. We have 3 children from my previous marriage and I adopted our youngest child in late 1972. We do volunteer work at our church, Church of the Servant, and at our granddaughter’s school, Heritage Hall. I have been active in the illuminating and engineering society since 1963 and have been president of our chapter 2 times. Within the past years I have also been a volunteer teacher of illumination at OU, OSU and UCO for up and coming future architects and interior designers.
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma?
Two of my favorite pieces of design include Pops Restaurant in Arcadia on old highway 66 and the Sky Dance Bridge over I40 in Oklahoma City.
If you were a super hero, who would you be?
If I could be a super hero I would be Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla. The greatest lighting inventors known to man.
Window or aisle seat?
I usually prefer the aisle seat when flying.
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you?
On a Saturday morning you will often find me hanging out at the house with my wife. Many years ago you would have found me at the office. I am still there on an occasional Saturday and always available on my cell phone 24/7.
Asa Highsmith, AIA of Common Works Architects
I’m from Tishomingo, Oklahoma and went to the University of Oklahoma for my Bachelors. I worked most recently for Butzer Gardner Architects before starting the firm Common Works Architects in January. This month we are adding our third member and should also begin to see some of our first projects come out of the ground.
How long have you been a member of AIA?
Since 2008, I think.
What’s your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event?
They are all so good.
What’s your favorite thing about AIA?
The AIA contracts.
What drew you to the Architectural Profession?
What do you think/hope the profession will look like in 10 years?
Hopefully less pretentious and more egalitarian.
Do you do any volunteer work?
Used to do a lot, but unfortunately have less and less time these days
What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma?
I know it was a (somewhat) controversial project originally, and it’s not great urbanism, but I’m a huge fan of the SandRidge Commons work by Rogers Marvel. I learn something every time I go there.
If you were a super hero, who would you be?
No response given
Window or aisle?
No response given
On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you?
At my office.