Onward and Upward: Leadership and Design in Indian Country

Embracing Our Differences. Changing the World

Date: November 7, 2019

Time: 5:30-8pm

Location: FSB Architects & Engineers Office (5801 Broadway Extension, Suite 500, Oklahoma City, OK 73118)

Catering: Light hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served. 

Description: Join the AIA and AIA Central Oklahoma for November’s Embracing our Differences. Changing the World speaker series. The Onward and Upward: Leadership and Design in Indian Country event is an opportunity to celebrate the rich and diverse Native culture, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Oklahoma’s Native American tribes.  A panel of Tribal leaders will showcase the impact they are making in our communities followed by a panel of local architects, designers and artists will discuss the positive impacts they are making in their communities, the state at large, and how they celebrate Native American design. This event is free and open to the public.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Impact of the Tribes

Chief Baton of the Choctaw Nation

Chief Floyd of the Creek Nation

Governor Wassana – Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

Moderator: Jason Holuby, AIA

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Native American Design

Anthony Blatt, AIA of Hornbeek Blatt Architects

Jason Holuby, AIA of New Fire Native

DG Smalling, Artist

Kevin McMillon of Red Sky

Moderator: Mike Patterson, AIA


AIA’s “Embracing Our Differences. Changing the World” speaker series events launched in February, partnering with AIA Washington DC (AIADC), explored the imperative of expanding diversity in the architecture profession. The second event, in April, partnered with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) discussed women in design.  During the third event, we learned from and engaged with a diverse panel of designers, leaders, and policy influencers who are shaping firm culture across the country to be more inclusive of the LGBTQI+ community.

The AIA is committed to broadening equity, diversity and inclusion to create a stronger profession. To support that mission, AIA has developed a number of programs and resources. Visit AIA’s website for more information on the Institute’s equity, equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.

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