Business of Architecture

The Business 101: Essentials for a Successful Firm is designed to equip aspiring and current architectural firm leaders and future leaders with the essential skills and knowledge to successfully manage and grow their practices. This course delves into critical business aspects specific to the architecture industry, ensuring participants are well-prepared to navigate the complex landscape of running an architectural firm. The course will cover these topics:

  • Recruiting and Hiring Talent
  • Building a Good Work Culture
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Lessons Learned In Starting A New Firm

We’ll also have a moderated panel discussion so attendees can ask questions and allow us to cover other topics of interest to the attendees. 

Our Speakers for this program are:

Gary Armbruster, AIA
of MA+ Architecture

Gary Armbruster is an experienced architect with more than 26 years of experience in leading facility design and has been a principal architect and partner at MA+ since 1996. He is a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he earned both a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master of Architecture.

As one of only six Accredited Learning Environment Planners (ALEP) in Oklahoma, Gary’s passion for learning and children has driven his work in designing educational facilities that foster optimal learning environments. He is also a dedicated member of the Christian community and spearheads design for the firm’s religious and faith-based projects. Gary is currently the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter Past President.

Mike Patterson, AIA
AMMP Studio

Mike Patterson is a licensed Architect with 15 years of experience in the state of Oklahoma. He has been involved in a variety of project types ranging from warehouse to performing arts venues Mike’s diverse project experience has provided continual learning opportunities in all areas of construction and has fueled his passion for tinkering and problem-solving.

Tony Blatt, AIA
ADG Blatt

Tony, with over 30 years of experience in the architectural field, has successfully executed diverse projects throughout various municipalities across the state of Oklahoma.  His strengths are centered around a process that provides intellectual continuity across all phases, design development through construction administration, leading to an effective execution of the client’s vision.  Project experience include master planning, municipal, education, hospitality, cultural centers, medical centers, retail and commercial, sports facilities, multi-family housing and residential. As an Oklahoma State University graduate (where he met his wife and now has three OSU children), he was also an AIA Gold Medal recipient. Tony leads the Edmond office, which is the largest architectural firm in Edmond. He uses his free time in service of his church and city – on the OKC Foundation for Architecture as Chairman, the Oklahoma City Downtown Design Review committee, the Oklahoma City Urban Design Board and is a past director of the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter.

Members: $10
Nonmembers: $30
Seating is limited.

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