2021 AIA Architecture Tour Sunday, October 17  1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Advance Online Ticket can be purchased online. We will not have any ticket outlets this year. Or you can purchase tickets during the tour at any of the tour locations. $15 in advance / $20 day of the tour (masks will be required inside the tour locations) Please note: -The tour takes place rain or shine. There are no refunds. – Masks are required inside the tour locations. – Shoe booties or shoe removal may be required before entering some of the tour locations. – Children 8 and under attend free. – There are no public restrooms on the tour. CLICK HERE for the 2021 Tour Guidebook! – I (the party agreeing to these terms by reserving, purchasing, and/or participating in the tour) hereby waive any and all claims I may have now and in the future, and release from all liability and agree not to sue AIA Central Oklahoma, its officers, agents, representatives, employees or tour locations owners for any personal injury, death, property damage, or loss sustained by me as a result of my participation in the AIA Architecture Tour due to any cause whatsoever, including without limitation, negligence on the part of AIA Central Oklahoma, its staff, tour partners, or other participants, or death or injury as a result of war, civil unrest or pandemic.

This year’s tour locations include:
Photography by Geoff Shirley
The Dolese Support Service Center (DSSC) 8300 N. Oklahoma Avenue, OKC Owners: Dolese Architect: Butzer Architects & Urbanism Contractor: Flintco, LLC The Dolese Support Service Center (DSSC) serves as the first new home for Dolese employees in over 80 years. DSSC is designed to WELL Building Standards which prioritize the health of a building’s occupants. The design is inspired by the chemistry of concrete, with details informed by the materiality of the company’s natural and engineered products. Like aggregate mixed with cement, primary employee office areas are conceptualized as aggregate, connected through generous collaboration and circulation spaces referred to as “binder space”. The tectonics of the DSSC explore the seam between materials of mass and light. The “aggregates” of work areas are carefully defined with a grid of 15” thin concrete columns, cast-in-place exterior wall planes, concrete bricks, and slabs of translucent stained white oak. Binder spaces infuse light in between aggregates using glass and sparkling light fixtures to create places for conversation and collaboration. The Fissure serves as the building’s datum, gathering visitors from east and west into the building. Tightly scribed vertical walls of glazing extend internal views outwards towards the sun and landscaped outdoors. A skylight above invites natural light onto the monumental chute stair. At the center of the structure is the Gem, which houses a collection of mission-critical logistics, meeting, training, and socialization functions. The Gem takes its placement and form from the myriad sought-after stones quarried by Dolese Bros. Within the context of the DSSC, the preciousness of its people – employees and customers – is overlaid with an element that represents the core of the company’s work.
Photography by Eric Baker
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation 1801 N. Lincoln Blvd, OKC


Owners: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Architect: Beck Design Contractor: CMSWillowbrook The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation project was a $16M renovation and addition, completely funded by proceeds made from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, not by taxpayers. The original building had served the Wildlife Department for nearly 50 years without any notable renovation. The existing building was a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design that served as the inspiration for the new addition. The current structure of 23,000 SF was completely stripped of all interior components leaving only the structural frame and the roof. It was then retro-fitted with new mechanical, electrical, IT and security systems. A new 12,000 SF addition was built; expanding the building to the west and north and introducing natural light to the interior of the building. Outdoor balconies were included to provide new vistas of downtown Oklahoma City and the State Capitol. The new addition houses offices, a conference room that cantilevers into the grand lobby, new auditorium, new front entrance and grand lobby with an elaborate wildlife diorama and interactive kiosks. This interactive element provides opportunities for conservation education for the next generation of hunters and anglers. The new Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation headquarters emulates the great State of Oklahoma with interior design features such as: intricate stone waves that splash across the board room walls representing movement of a waterfall, natural light filling open space through the lofty atrium where custom-made felt tree benches glow, and a duck blind that serves as the purchasing desk for licensing and permits.
Photography by: Simon Hurst Photography
Ryan Whaley Coldiron Jantzen Peters & Webber PLLC 400 North Walnut Avenue, OKC Owner: Walnut 1919 Architect: Studio Architecture Contractor: Vincit Constructors This existing 18,973 SF building located in the Deep Deuce District has recently been historically preserved and renovated to become the new home for the Ryan Whaley law firm.  The original building was designed by Layton & Smith Architects and constructed in 1919.  Its first floor housed the power source for the adjacent Irving School and the Board of Education Administration Offices for the Oklahoma City Schools were located on the second floor.  The addition to the East side of the building was completed in 1928.  During the Cold War, the building was used as a Civil Defense Center. In the 1970’s, the building was purchased by Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC) and was utilized as an alternative education and skills training center. At some point in the building’s history, the original front entry steps were modified.  In 2015, the front entry steps to the building were removed without a permit and all the interior partitions were demolished. In 2018, a group of attorneys from Ryan Whaley purchased the building and began historically preserving and renovating it for the Firm’s new offices, ultimately saving an important piece of Oklahoma City’s architectural history.  The building was successfully placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2019. Renovation work included reconstruction of the entry steps on the west façade of the building based on the original design by Layton & Smith Architects.  Interior renovation included a new office layout with new finish materials such as: partition/wall construction; new flooring and lighting; a new elevator; plumbing fixtures; and an HVAC system.  The interior design emphasizes the exposed, existing brick walls and concrete beams and columns to contrast with modern finishes of polished concrete, glass, and steel.
Photography by Eric Schmid
The Bower 625 NW 4th Street, OKC Owners: City Center Development Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Contractor: Smith & Pickel Construction Located in a rapidly developing residential context in downtown Oklahoma City, The Bower provides a unique mix of for-sale condominiums and townhomes to meet the area’s growing demands. Townhomes are situated along 4th Street maintaining an active street edge, while the two story massing introduces depth, shadow and relief, creating public and private amenities along the street edge. The main pedestrian entry is carved through the townhomes, breaking up the extended street frontage while leading to a shared lobby. Density is introduced with a multi-story condominium building at the rear of the site, providing varying unit types that respond to different spatial and budgetary needs. The building masses step up in height from 4th Street, introducing density which is sympathetic to the surrounding context. Cascading balconies become external rooms that act as shading devices providing spacious external space to each unit with varying downtown views. New landscaping is provided along 4th Street, the alley to the north, and the primary pedestrian paths, uniting the buildings and site with a consistent appearance.
Photography By Steve Voelker of Voelker Photography
Three Palms 611 NW 7th Street, OKC Owners: Bob and Amanda Sullivan Architect: TAP Architecture Contractor: Savannah Builders Three Palms is the latest addition to the eclectic NW OKC neighborhood known as the Cottage District, also dubbed South of St Anthony’s [SoSA]. Bob and Amanda Sullivan wanted to help their architect understand the “feel” they wanted for their project and clipped magazine images of features they wanted to inform the design of the house.  Natural materials, form, space and light were common themes and would write the DNA for their home. The 50’ x 140’ lot is typical for this neighborhood and “form follows function” drove the site plan. All successful building design starts with a well-conceived response to its location on the planet. Code established setbacks, interior garden, large footprint, oversized garage, optimized views, privacy and respect for neighbors’ homes all generated a way for the home to occupy the lot.  Among the notable features of the site design are a west zero lot line which was negotiated with neighbors for mutual benefits.  The resulting space on the east side creates a private garden and invites natural light deep into the interior. The street view features three north/south masonry walls projecting from three stepped back floors.  The cantilevered floors and “wing” walls create shade and privacy for the first two floors and the 3rd floor entertainment terrace which invites dramatic views of downtown. Visitors pass two palm sculptures through a door which opens into a soaring glass entry way dominated by an epic stair connecting all three floors.   The living space flows from the entryway to the chef’s kitchen where Bob, owner of the original Sullivan’s Restaurant, practices the culinary arts. The 2nd floor highlight is a luxury appointed master suite and on 3rd floor an entertainment penthouse complete with bar, outdoor kitchen, screened in porch, firepit, spectacular views and palm tree number three.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 19525_External_NE-CORNER_C019_200603_13-1024x724.jpg Western Gate Elementary School 1300 SW 15th Street, OKC Owners: Wheeler Community Foundation, Inc. Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Contractor: Lingo Construction Western Gateway Elementary School is designed as a 380 student pre-kindergarten, through fourth grade elementary school in south Oklahoma City. Located on the boundary between two neighborhoods the school will be dual immersion, promoting academic performance through language learning in both English and Spanish. The school will cultivate an environment of cultural awareness, empowering students to actively succeed in a global community. The single story school address a key intersection with an articulated brick facade and prominent corner entrance. Internally the school is arranged around a large courtyard which creates a secure and safe space for collaborative learning and play. This arrangement also provides protection from the strong Oklahoma wind and summer sun, allowing the space to be used all year round, connecting the children with nature and the changing seasons. All classrooms within the school are flexible with large open spaces benefiting from dual aspect natural light and more intimate spaces for individual of group learning.
Photography by Simon Hurst
Positive Tomorrows New School for Homeless Children 901 N. Villa Avenue, OKC Owners: Susan Agel, President/Principal Architect: MA+ Architecture Contractor: GE Johnson Construction Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only tuition-free private elementary school and social service agency that partners with families experiencing homelessness, was previously housed in a small church annex. The MA+ team became involved with Positive Tomorrows in 2013 and was selected to design their new elementary school consisting of 42,000 sf of flexible learning environments. The new school has classrooms for Early Head Start through 8th grade, art and music, special education, and outdoor learning opportunities. The new facility features a secure entry vestibule, offices, meeting rooms, Family Support spaces, and additional storage rooms for donations. Specialized learning areas include a Maker Space and Kitchen Lab designed to provide students with valuable hands-on education opportunities. Two of the classrooms double as storm shelters, providing much needed safety during Oklahoma’s severe weather. Both Positive Tomorrows and the MA+ design team wanted to create a sense of “home” for the students and approached the design with the student’s greatest needs in mind. The design supports Positive Tomorrows’ educational philosophy, High Structure – High Love, and its potential of becoming a nation-wide model. This new building is an extension of the stable environment Positive Tomorrows has established for their students since their founding in 1989. With this new building, Positive Tomorrows’ presence has become more apparent, increasing community awareness about homelessness in our city. It is the hope of this project’s stakeholders that with this increased awareness, greater support of the work Positive Tomorrows is doing to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness will follow.
Photography by Joseph Mills
ReMerge Oklahoma 823 N. Villa Avenue, OKC Owners: ReMerge Oklahoma Architect: REES Contractor: GE Johnson Construction ReMerge needed a new facility in order to continue growing their successful program: helping mothers facing incarceration transform into productive citizens. REES designed the space to support the journey of ReMerge participants. Our designers created a welcoming entry and chose a soft, comforting color palette. An abundance of natural light and views of nature enter the space, thanks to limited walls and doors. The building is centered around a large kitchen with open dining space and a combined living room and library, and also features group therapy rooms, a wellness space and tranquil garden and meditation area. These features enhance the program’s emphasis on group bonding.

Thank you to our Architecture Week Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors Bell & McCoy Lighting & Controls ES2 JE Dunn Construction Pella Windows and Doors of Oklahoma Smith Lighting

Gold Sponsors Acme Brick Manhattan Construction Premier Lighting

Silver Sponsors: Boldt Construction CLS& Associates CMSWillowbrook Darr & Collins Consulting Engineers Guernsey MacArthur Associates Consultants Miller Tippens Construction Nabholz Construction PEC Rick Scott Construction Spur Design Thermal Windows Timberlake Construction TRW Oklahoma Wallace Engineering

Bronze Sponsors: Integrated Architects JHBR Architects Lingo Construction Services MA+ Architecture Small Architects TAP Architecture