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About Audrey. I grew up in Enid, Oklahoma, and after high school I attended Oklahoma State University where I obtained my Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2018. Following graduation I was hired by FSB Architects + Engineers and achieved my architectural license in 2020. I am now a Design Architect for the aviation studio at FSB, where I enjoy working on large aviation projects across the nation for several clients. In this position I have had the opportunity to travel to several states for ongoing projects, and to explore the architecture in several cities including Chicago, Denver, and Indianapolis. In November 2022 I married my husband, Jarrett Wise, and we live with our two dogs and one cat in Edmond, Oklahoma. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, outdoor adventures such as hiking and kayaking, and trying new local coffee shops.
What attracted you to the architecture profession? My father, John Merz, has been an architect in Oklahoma for over thirty years so I was exposed to the profession from a very young age. His work and passion inspired my own appreciation of art and Architecture, as well as my curiosity to study my surroundings.
How long have you been a member of AIA? I have been a member of AIA Central Oklahoma for two years.
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? My favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event is Architecture Week. I had the opportunity to volunteer as a guide during the Architecture tour at the State Capitol last year, and it was awesome getting to learn more about the renovation efforts that FSB has been proud to work on for the last several years. It was also fun educating others about the incredible history of the building.
What brings you, as an architect, the most value from AIA Central Oklahoma? I appreciate the many opportunities to network with local architects and design professionals during architecture after five, as well as attending the monthly luncheons to hear about exciting projects and progress happening within our state.
What is one of your favorite pieces of architecture in Central Oklahoma? A recent favorite building is the First American Museum. During Leadership AIA we toured the facility with Tony Blatt and heard his perspective about designing the building and collaborating with the many tribes the building represents. It is awesome to see how the culture and traditions Tony spoke of directly contributes to the architectural design of the building.
What has been your most exciting project and why? I recently worked on a large multi-building project for an aviation client. The project was completed utilizing cloud-based BIM software to coordinate with four regional offices. Our team was recognized during FSB’s annual employee award program by receiving the “Team Award” for our achievements and collaboration with several external consultants. I appreciate the experience gained from this project because it emphasized the importance of teamwork and communication for a successful project.
Do you do any volunteer work? I really enjoyed volunteering for Focus on Homes’ annual Design Appetit competition to raise funds for children’s beds and bedding, as well as volunteering with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, STEM events with Girl Scouts of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, OKC Festival of the Arts, and in the children’s ministry program with my church.
If you were a superhero who would it be? I would be Elastic-girl from the Incredibles!
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? On Saturday morning you can find me sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee in my hand.
Bio. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I then moved to San Antonio, Texas to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio where I received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. As an undergraduate architecture student, I was heavily involved in AIA San Antonio and Texas Society of Architects. During the time I lived in San Antonio, I also worked in an architecture office which focuses on high-end, single-family residential design. While working in an office, I formed a deeper understanding and appreciation for detailing, craft, and other aspects related to the practice of residential design. After completing close to half of my required AXP hours, I decided to cross the Red River, move to Oklahoma, and enroll in graduate school. I am now a Master of Architecture Candidate at the University of Oklahoma, Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. While I am completing my professional degree in architecture, I am currently working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the first-year architecture studios. I feel being involved in beginning design pedagogy is a very rewarding experience. I have been living in Oklahoma for a little over 2 years and I really enjoy it here.
How long have you been a member of AIA? I technically became an Associate member of AIA San Antonio in 2017, even though I had been involved in their chapter and attending their events as an architecture student for several years prior to 2017. When I began architecture school in 2011, I joined AIAS and almost immediately engaged with the local AIA Chapter. Therefore, unofficially, I would say that I have been actively participating in AIA for almost 10 years. I became a member of our chapter, AIACOC, at the beginning of 2019.
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Although all the events are great, I would say my favorite event is the Architecture Tour! Not only is it a great way to see the work of our very talented members, but also it is a fantastic opportunity for the public to interact with the design community and ask questions about the projects on the tour. For the attendees who are outside of our industry, the tour serves as a way to demystify some of what we do as a profession. I have noticed that many people who are not in our industry don’t really know what role each of us play in the built environment and in our community. The Architecture Tour is a great way for the public to engage with us and learn about our industry.
What is your favorite thing about AIACOC? I enjoy meeting the other members of the design community across all different backgrounds while attending various AIACOC events. I also enjoy talking to the other members about not only their experiences, but also what they are passionate about within our profession. In addition, I appreciate the role AIACOC plays in local advocacy.
What attracted you to the architecture profession? A combination of a few things. As a child, I would imagine and create buildings using Legos, Lincoln Logs, and K’NEX. I definitely feel that this played a role, but I think growing up in Houston at the time when much of the new construction utilized Postmodernism design also contributed to my attraction to architecture. These newly constructed buildings really heightened my awareness of architecture as a child due to their playful exaggeration of material and form. I can still remember always being fascinated with viewing the physical models of these newly constructed buildings that would usually be on display in their lobbies. I also believe what attracted me to pursue architecture was my mom since she has always had an interest in architecture. I feel that her interest influenced me greatly.
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma? I am always drawn to examples of straight-forward vernacular architecture that are simple, but have historical and cultural meaning. Therefore, I would say the Round Barn in Arcadia is one of my favorite designs in Central Oklahoma. The interior loft is quite spectacular and totally unexpected. I also like that the building is appreciated by Route 66 enthusiasts, even by people from outside of Oklahoma.
Do you do any volunteer work? I currently serve on AIACOC’s Board of Directors as the Associate AIA Director and Chair of the Associates Committee / Young Architects Forum. I am also on one of our chapter’s newest committees, the High School Education Program on Architecture. I am really looking forward to mentoring high school students who are interested in architecture and sharing my passion for design with them.
Window or aisle? Whenever I fly, I definitely enjoy looking out the window at the changing landscapes, cities, clouds, and blue skies. However, I would be willing to trade my seat with a child to give him or her the opportunity to view the world from this different perspective.
Favorite superhero? Spider Man because he always seems to drop-in at the right time to help people. Plus, he has a pretty interesting “connection” to buildings.
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? I am such an architecture enthusiast that you would probably find me reading something related to architecture. That is if I have any free time on a Saturday morning, which is almost never these days as a graduate student!
Branson Young, AIA of JHBR Architecture
Bio. Originally from Ottumwa Iowa but moved to Oklahoma relatively early in my childhood, guess that makes me an Okie. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2002, joined JHBR in 2004, licensed in 2012, and named partner in 2014. I married my high school sweetheart (together for a total of 23 years now) and have 2 dogs, an Akita and a Welsh Terrier. I enjoy being outdoors, home remodeling, music, motorsports, and wrenching on my ’65 Austin Healey Sprite.
How long have you been a member of AIA? I was an associate member early on in my career for a few years and a full-fledged member for 8 years.
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Architecture Week and Architecture Tour – great to get to see projects up close and personal and to also overhear the kinds of impression those projects leave on attendees.
What is your favorite thing about AIACOC? The opportunities to serve, connect, and network within the profession right here in Central Oklahoma.
What attracted you to the architecture profession? I enjoyed solving puzzles, drawing, legos, and comic books as a kid. Architecture was sort of the perfect marriage of those things.
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma? Almost anything MCM. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Portland Ave. – I love the story of the Church being built by the parishioners and how the unassuming box opens up to something special on the interior. In my own career, it’s a toss-up between Norman Regional Health Systems Moore OK facility and Moore Norman Technology Center’s IT Building on its Franklin Road campus. Both of those projects had so many moving parts and pieces, multiple involved parties, specialty consultants, etc. I learned very quickly to embrace the organized chaos of Architecture.
Do you do any volunteer work?
AIACOC Local Advocacy Committee
Mentor students at OU CoA
Have served on several neighborhood associations, volunteered with non-profits and art galleries over the years.
Window or aisle? I’m more of a road tripper but if I am flying, it’s always the aisle.
Favorite superhero? Hong Kong Phooey
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? You won’t. 🙂
Darla Mullett of TRW Oklahoma
Bio. I am a proud native of the central OKC area, and have loved watching the transformation of our city over the last 20 years. I received my Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at the University of Oklahoma in 1986. My current career, as Product Consultant with TRW Oklahoma, is career number 3: following a ten year career in Group Healthcare, and an 18 year career as a stay-at-home mom and volunteer. When not working, I enjoy time with my adult kids and grandbabies.
How long have you been a Member of AIA? 5 years
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Do I really have to choose just one? If so, I’d have to go with Chit Chat.
What is your favorite thing about AIA? Now this one is easy…..the people! I have learned from and been inspired by so many, many people I have met through AIA.
What attracted you to architectural sales? Upon re-entering the working world, I totally stumbled upon this industry. I am so very thankful I did, as I absolutely love my job!
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma? I love the Cherokee Gothic architecture on the University of OK campus.
Do you do any volunteer work? I have a passion for kids, and have had the privilege to serve in numerous volunteer/board positions for several non-profit organizations including Oklahoma Committee To Prevent Child Abuse, Payne Education, Crossings Christian School, CASA, and Pivot, Inc. Upon entering the A/E/C community 4 years ago, I was so excited to learn of various volunteer opportunities with professional organizations, and have volunteered for AIA events, served as Director of IIDA OKC City Center, President of SMPS OK and Treasurer for A4LE.
Window or aisle? Window
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? On the patio having “coffee with God”.
Tayler Thompson, Assoc. AIA of SDG Architects
Bio. Hi, I’m Tayler Thompson! I’m a born-and-raised Davis girl who tried to leave once or twice, but ultimately decided to return home after meeting my wonderful husband, Brandon. We live just outside of town on our little prairie with our two “not-so-mini” doxies, Dottie Sue and Pepper Jean, and our ornery 2 year old daughter, Lucy. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of both Oklahoma State University, where I earned a B.S. in Interior Design, and the University of Oklahoma, where I earned a Bachelor of Architecture. Yes, we are a house divided, but only on Bedlam Day (Go Pokes!!!) In June of 2012 I started at SDG Architects in Ardmore. Now as a Project Manager, I’ve designed and managed a variety of projects, including commercial office space, custom homes, multifamily affordable housing, and a K-12 school addition.
How long have you been a Member of AIA? I started out as a student member at OU in 2011 and became an Associate Member in 2013.
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? I’m currently studying for the ARE, so I’ve really enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to be a part of the new ARE Success Group. Since I work outside of OKC, this is a great opportunity to meet other emerging professionals and make new connections within the profession.
What is your favorite thing about AIA? AIA is a great way to stay updated on current events within the profession and to network with others in the field.
What attracted you to the architectural profession? Growing up I always enjoyed drawing and painting, so when applying to colleges and deciding a major, I liked the idea of Interior Design and Architecture as an applied form of art.
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma? I can’t say I have a single favorite, but I love the downtown area in general. It has become a great juxtaposition of historic buildings and modern design. I can appreciate each building for the attention that was given to the design and for the collaboration required to have it constructed.
Do you do any volunteer work? I’m currently an active member of the women’s group, The Boo Crew, where we plan and host the annual Halloween Carnival in our small town of Davis each year. The proceeds from the carnival go to a scholarship fund for young ladies graduating from Davis High School. I’ve been a part of the carnival steering committee and the scholarship selection committee for the past 4 years. I’ve also participated in Leadership groups for Ardmore in 2015-2016 and Murray County in 2018-2019. I’m currently an active board member for the City of Ardmore Historic Preservation Board.
Window or aisle? Window, of course! I love seeing the horizon and the sunlight filtering through the clouds on flights during the early morning. It is always such a peaceful view. Then as we approach the destination, I love seeing the landscape and cityscape from an aerial perspective. It’s like looking at an architectural model through the lens of a camera.
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? Enjoying coffee with my husband, while watching our daughter play with her blocks.
Connie Scothorn, ASLA of CLS & Associates
Please give us a short bio. I grew up in Oklahoma City, back when it used to be a boring place to live—look how it has changed! I got my degree at OSU in Landscape Design and then worked a few jobs trying to figure it out. I started a landscaping company which I ran for 6 years doing design, maintenance and installation. One day, I realized that I couldn’t do that for the rest of my life. So, I sold the business and took a job with the Oklahoma Tourism Department as Landscape Architect. In 1999, I left to start CLS & Associates and have been providing a variety of landscape design since then. In my free time, I travel quite a bit, grow tomatoes (or try), try out new plants and landscaping ideas and spend time with my puppies, my friends and family.
How long have you been a Member of AIA? I think it has been about 18 years.
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? I love the home tour—so much fun to see how creative the homes and buildings can be.
What is your favorite thing about AIA? I love the comradery that I see at the AIA luncheons, and at the After 5’s. This is a great group of creative people.
What attracted you to landscape architecture? I kind of stumbled into it in college when I took a class in Horticulture—and then couldn’t think of a better thing to do for a living. Still can’t!
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma? All of the work that is being done at the Chisholm Creek Development near Penn and Memorial. We have done the design for the common areas and several of the buildings, creating a new aesthetic that is environmentally responsive and contemporary.
Do you do any volunteer work? I have been on the Board of Architects and the Downtown Design Review Committee. I am currently working with the Nature Conservancy, my Toastmasters Club and my neighborhood association.
Window or aisle? Window
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? Working out at the gym, followed by working in the yard.
Zach Pate of Champion Designs & Systems
Bio. It has been exciting to get connected to the architectural community working in sales at Champion Designs & Systems. Our company represents high quality manufacturers such as Centria, Nichiha and Duo-Gard who provide a wide variety of metal, fiber cement and translucent wall systems. My career in sales began in college selling electrical service contracts between classes and labs. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, my career in sales continued in a variety of roles that eventually lead me to architectural products. My family and I moved from Arkansas in February, and it has been great reconnecting with extended family and friends who live in Oklahoma City.
How long have you been an Allied Member of AIA? I have been a member of the Central Oklahoma AIA for over a year.
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? All of the events are great, and Architecture After 5 is my favorite.
What is your favorite thing about AIA? The people. It has been great to meet so many new friends in such a short period of time through the Central Oklahoma AIA. Oklahoma City is a special place, and it is a great privilege to be around so many people who have made significant architectural contributions that have helped make our city so great.
What attracted you to the construction industry? The construction industry has always been very interesting to me since there are so many opportunities to help people solve problems and develop solutions that bring creative ideas to life.
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma? The Devon Boathouse because it is innovative and refined.
Do you do any volunteer work? Our company supports The Children’s Center who specializes in complex care and medical rehabilitation for children. It is inspiring to see the dedication that the staff demonstrates to the values of all life being sacred and the equality of children. My wife and I are also actively involved in our church and love our young married community there.
Window or aisle? Window. I am an instrument rated private pilot and love being situationally aware as well as watching all the systems in operation on the wing. Commercial Airplanes are truly amazing machines.
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? Spending time with my wonderful wife Kelsey and daughter Josie.
Sara Andrews, AIA of GH2 Architects
Bio. I was born in Edmond, raised in Tulsa and returned to Edmond in 2010 after graduating from OSU. I have worked in Central Oklahoma for the past 8 years and have been with GH2 for almost a year. I also taught Photoshop and Sketchup at OSU OKC as an adjust instructor for three years. I was proud to become a Licensed Architect in 2015. I have been married for 8 years and we have a wonderful 2 year old daughter and another baby on the way! I have always had a passion for art and architecture and love to paint in my spare time. I am an avid lover of travel and would love nothing more than to spend all my time traveling and seeing the great cities of the world!
How long have you been a Member of AIA? I was a member of AIAS in college and have been a member of AIA for 8 years.
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? The Architecture Tour. I love getting to experience all of the various projects in the City and I can even get my family involved!
What is your favorite thing about AIA? The connection to other professionals in the area. It’s so easy to get caught up in our work and it’s great to be able to venture out of the office and socialize with others in our industry.
What attracted you to the architectural profession? I have had a love for art and everything creative since I was very young. When I was in elementary I saw my mom (an Interior Designer) working on floor plans and I became very interested in design. I then began drawing my own floor plans and constructing Lego buildings and never really stopped. As soon as I knew what an architect was, I was hooked and knew that’s what I wanted to do. I love that architecture is art come to life on the largest scale possible – it is art we can all experience!
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma? I really appreciate the modern forms and designs at the boathouse district in OKC.
Do you do any volunteer work? Currently, my time is spent chasing a 2 year old so I don’t have much time to volunteer in this season of life. In the past I have enjoyed volunteering for ASTEK (architecture students teaching elementary kids) in college, KID Design, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Medical Supplies Network and Life.Church.
Window or aisle? Window
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? At home with my family, likely eating pancakes.
Dan Govin, AIA of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Bio: I was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Shawnee. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1999, I was eager to experience more of the world. Over the next 10+ years I would visit over 25 countries. Living and working abroad helped me gain a valuable perspective on the world. I was also fortunate to meet my beautiful wife, Louise, and have two wonderful children along the way. After working in various practices in Seattle, New York and Sydney, Australia, I joined the London office of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris as an architect in 2010. Since then, I have been involved in a number of high-profile projects from master-planning to fine detailing including work on civic, commercial, residential, education and historic renovation projects. Since joining AHMM, I have been an integral part of our work in Oklahoma having been involved in all our projects including Level, Mosaic, The Plow, OKC Ballet (AEP Fitness Center), Bob Moore Group Campus, Hudson Pool House as well as new residential typologies at Squirrel Park among others. In 2016, I relocated from the UK back home to OKC as an Associate w/ AHMM to support the growth and development of the practice and better support our workload locally. I’m currently involved in several exciting developments in downtown OKC including historic renovations and new construction. If it involves making downtown a vital place to live, work and play; I want to be part of it! I love having my kids at John Rex, just down the street from our Bricktown office.
How long have you been a Member of AIA? 15 years total, not including a 6-7 year hiatus while living abroad.
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? In agreement with other respondents, the Architecture Tour is a great opportunity to see the work of other architects and share our efforts with the wider community. Volunteering as a tour guide provides tremendous insight into how the public views and interacts with the buildings we design.
What is your favorite thing about AIA? The AIA offers so many opportunities to connect with the architecture and design community, both locally and across the country. I also like the magazine subscription.
What attracted you to the architectural profession? As is often the case, it all started with Legos. I loved drawing and building models as a child. My grandfather and great grandfather were both civil engineers so perhaps I inherited a desire to improve our built environment.
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma? Jesus Saves, 36 NE 10th St. Don’t let the simple brick shell fool you. It contains many surprises inside. The project embodies my architectural passions: adaptation/preservation of our existing building stock, mixed-use housing, urbanism, modernism and working with ambitious clients. It’s big moves on a small scale. Of course, I am biased since it was one of my first AHMM projects and I had the pleasure of living there and experiencing it as both architect and user.
Do you do any volunteer work? I’ve really enjoyed mentoring Metrotech HS students STEM design competitions as well as coaching youth soccer recently. At times, I think practicing architecture qualifies as volunteer work!
Window or aisle? Aisle, always.
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? Having coffee and reading the NY Times followed by working on various home improvement projects. There is no end to what needs doing to a 1929 Gatewood home.
Cristy Callins of CMSWillowbrook
Bio. I am a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. In January 2000, I began a career with CMSWillowbrook as a project administrator. Today, I serve as vice president of pre-construction services. I’m responsible for the executive management of all company pre-construction activities, from initial client consultation and cost estimations to business development. I currently live in Edmond, Oklahoma, and have close relationships with my two sons, 27-year-old Keaton and 22-year-old Kai. I’m a member of several organizations including, the Board of Advisors for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), Tinker Leadership Community, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Allied Arts and the United Way of Central Oklahoma. I enjoy making memories with my sons, doing CrossFit, taking beach vacations and checking items off my bucket list.
How long have you been a Member of AIA? I have been an Allied Member for about 2 years.
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? I really enjoy the bi-monthly luncheons. It’s a refreshing hour in the middle of the day to network, catch up with friends, learn more about the industry and eat a scrumptious meal – with dessert!
What is your favorite thing about AIA? The relationships, hands down! A close runner-up is the eclectic personalities of the architects that are reflected in their distinguished designs. I love driving by a building and being able to almost pinpoint who the architect was just by looking.
What attracted you to the construction industry? I’d define my journey into construction as an inadvertent foray. My dad was a foreman for a construction crew, so I was exposed to the industry at a very early age. As fate would have it, after college I was hired by Construction Management Specialist Inc. (today known as CMSWillowbrook). Company founder Cary DeHart and Vice President Jan Dunkin took me under their wings, mentoring me through the challenges and the rewards. They showed me how to find solutions for a client and deliver a vision of the architect. No one day, one client, or one design is ever the same. I love it!
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma? I like seeing the integration of the old with the new and buildings that tell a story through their design.
Do you do any volunteer work? Over the past 26 years, I established a little league football organization and served as a board member for many years; founded and served as a board member on high school football and basketball booster clubs; volunteered for boot camps and fitness facilities; helped dogs at Oklahoma Westie Rescue find a forever home; and served on the Host Team at LifeChurch Edmond.
If you were a super hero, who would you be? The Flash, so I could run at speeds exceeding light. I could visit out-of-state family for a day, have beach vacation weekends and eliminate the stress of getting to meetings on time.
Window or aisle? Window
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? Koda Crossfit
Marjorie Callahan, AIA, LEED AP of the University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture
Bio: A Professor in the College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma including leadership positions: Associate Dean; Graduate Student Liaison (Divisions of Architecture / Landscape Architecture); Interim Director / Associate Director (Divisions of Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Architecture). She has been named a Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar and Fellow of the Institute for Human Flourishing at OU. She holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (M.S.), the University of Oklahoma in Norman (B.Arch), Mills College in the San Francisco Bay area (BA in Urban Economics and Art) as well as a graduate fellowship from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has served the State of Oklahoma through advocacy work on Urban Boards and Interstate Design Standards Commissions. She has served the architectural profession as a member of dozens of national committees dedicated to improving the profession over the course of her career. She and her husband, Kelley C. Callahan (attorney) have three grown children: Kate ( immigration attorney in Boston; married to Walker Robins -a historian/college faculty), Meg (faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design; receipt of 30 Under 30 Artists with Fortune Magazine 2017), and Casey (graphic designer in Seattle and San Francisco).
How long have you been a Member of AIA? 29 years
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Blitz the Capitol -In front of my eyes, my students expand their commitment to our profession.
What is your favorite thing about AIA? Colleagues who have enriched my journey. Such as: AIA Practice Academy ——–team members who I still contact today though they live miles away for advice. AIA IDP Educators Council– for their support, encouragement and giving me a chance in the national setting. Executive Director Melissa Hunt —continuum friendship, adviser, initiator…
What attracted you to the architectural profession? At the Rhode Island School of Design (on exchange as an art student at the time), I happened to be placed on Professor of Architecture Haas’ government-grant project: Interface. Just imagine my delight in being part of this monumental effort of designing the future vision for a dying city core. In a wonderful open -spaced, brick warehouse, I had the opportunity to share ideas (as we moved around and added parts to a large-scale model of downtown Providence) with politicians, community, architects, and students. What a contrast -from my silo painter’s easel to a vitality of workplace. The shift, as you can imagine, stirred a meaningfulness of art question. Subsequently, I began to notice architecture:(a) traveling to Egypt, I recall (on a bike), the decision to pursue Architecture specifically when I saw architecture as integral to site material; and (b) driving with a Developer, I recall awakening to my gifts of seeing and visualizing beauty in contrast -he could not.
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma?
My own: an addition in the woods, one step down: bringing a Grandmother from nursing home into the family fold -with sensitively
My own: a neighborhood gateway entrance, where people still write me today to tell me of the design ‘graciousness’ -transition from high speed to joys of home.
A high school friend’s home many years ago: low horizon lines and woods to outside -as I recollect the effects -a sense of space- unmatched before.
Do you do any volunteer work? By all means. Constantly. Currently, service in community gardens -recent, Master Gardener.
Window or aisle? Varies: people or landscape? Hmmmm, definitely selected to fit the mood at the time. A balance?
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? Puttering. Love my home, coffee in hand, projects to do….
Andy Rine of GE Johnson Construction
Bio. I am a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and a Master of Business Administration. I work for GE Johnson as the Director of Preconstruction for our Central Region and was previously a Project Manager for 10 years. I live in Gatewood Historic District in Oklahoma City with my wife Stacy and our children Adam and Alice. Our traveling has slowed down a lot since the birth of our son, so now I fill my time with photography, gardening, video games and playing with my kids.
How long have you been an Allied Member of AIA? GE Johnson has been a member since we opened this office 4 years ago.
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Kickball tournament
What is your favorite thing about AIA? I like that AIA connects people and organizations that need help with their buildings. Just this year AIA helped me to become involved with a very important project that I would never have known about otherwise.
What attracted you to the construction industry? I like that design/construction is the intersection of art and engineering. I started out in Architecture school but was a terrible/frustrated designer, so I made the switch to construction. It was definitely the right move for me.
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma? Stage Center
Do you do any volunteer work? Stacy and I are very active in the community. I chair the OU Construction Science Professional Advisory Board, and I’m a member of the Myriad Gardens Foundation Community Board. I’m active in Oklahoma City Rotary and helped found OKC Midtown Rotary, where I am a past president.
Window or aisle? Window.
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? In the summer you can find us at the OSU-OKC Farmer’s Market and running errands with the kids. This is another area where our lives have changed drastically in the last four years!
Bio: I have lived in Central Oklahoma for most of my life with the exception of a year in North Carolina and three in Minnesota. I graduated from OU in 2004, married my husband Dan in 2006, became licensed in 2007, my son James was born in 2008, my daughter Anne was born in 2010, and we have been on the go ever since. I have been with MA+ Architecture for 15 years, which sometimes doesn’t seem possible. I am now a Senior Associate, Project Architect, and the office code guru. Outside of work, my time is spent at various kids’ activities, as they usually have to be at two different locations at the same time on the same day.
How long have you been a Member of AIA? 14 years.
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? Architecture After 5… when I am actually able to attend. There’s usually a sports practice or game… or two… on those evenings.
What is your favorite thing about AIA? Reconnecting with colleagues and friends that I don’t see very often.
What attracted you to the architectural profession? Back in my elementary school days, I would use grid paper and scaled paper cut outs to plan how I wanted to rearrange the furniture in my bedroom. Later on in high school, I took a drafting class and I just knew Architecture is what I wanted to pursue. I have always loved creative problem solving and spatial relationships.
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma? St. Gregory’s Abbey
Do you do any volunteer work? I have been the “Popcorn Kernel” and Assistant Den Leader for my son’s Cub Scout Pack for the last several years. If anyone wants to buy some Boy Scout popcorn, Girl Scout cookies, or Blue and Gold, I’ll get you hooked up! (Shameless plug, I’m sorry.) I have also served on three technical committees for the OUBCC to review the 2009 IBC, 2015 IBC, and 2014 ICC-500. Questions about storm shelters? I’m your gal. Of course there’s always other various volunteer work through my kids’ school and our Architects for Education volunteer program at MA+. Does jury duty count as volun-told work?
Window or aisle? Aisle. I like the perceived extra space, and the kids always want the window. The last time we flew they were still small enough that I could lean over them to look out the window.
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? Under a blanket at the ice rink. Both my son and daughter play hockey. It’s a great place to be during the summer!
Kenneth Dennis, AIA of Studio Architecture
Bio: I am a transplanted Floridian living in Middle America. I received my Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida (Go GATORS!) in 1992 and attended graduate school at the University of Oklahoma where I received my Master of Architecture in 1994 and met my wife of 22 years, Tiffany. We have three children – Carter (20), Brody (18), and Madison (14). I am a Principal at Studio Architecture.
How long have you been a Member of AIA? 20+ years
What is your favorite AIA Central Oklahoma event? The Architecture Tour during Architecture Week. It is a great opportunity to showcase the amazing work that is being done right here in Oklahoma City by some incredibly talented architects!
What is your favorite thing about AIA? I love the camaraderie of the various social events throughout the year – AIA luncheons, Architecture after 5, etc.
What attracted you to the architectural profession? As a child, I was always drawing and designing things, building models, etc. In high school when I started exploring my options for college and future career, I became intrigued with architecture and decided to study it at the University of Florida.
What is one of your favorite designs in Central Oklahoma? One of my favorite projects that I have worked on here in Central Oklahoma is the Homeless Alliance WestTown Resource Center and Day Shelter. This project opened my eyes up to the number of homeless people, individuals and families, here in Oklahoma City, and their struggle to access services that could help them. It also gave me an opportunity to work with a project team that truly understood that “design makes a difference in everyone’s life” and we were able to create a warm, welcoming environment for people that are typically overlooked in society.
Do you do any volunteer work? Yes. I am currently serving my second term on the Board of Education for Deer Creek Public Schools. Education is a passion of mine and I love having the opportunity to serve my community! Additionally, I have created an interactive learning experience for elementary school students that explains what architecture is and how it relates to what they are learning in school (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). The program is titled, “Architecture – It’s Elementary”. I have presented this program to several schools in central Oklahoma and have a blast doing it!
Window or aisle? Window – I love looking at the changing patterns of landscape and geography as the plane flies overhead.
On a Saturday morning, where would we typically find you? After dropping my daughter off at dance class, I work out at the Downtown YMCA for a couple hours – cardio, weight lifting, swimming – I mix it up.
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!
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.
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.