Monday, January 25, 2021

January 27: Women in Architecture: Demystifying Chess
February 10: AIACOC Board Meeting
February 11: AIACOC Virtual Luncheon
February 16-19: Virtual AIA National Grassroots Conference
February 26: AIA Sporting Clays Tournament
March 25: Architecture after 5 hosted by Flintco, Inc.
April 8: AIACOC Luncheon
April 22: Architecture after 5 hosted by Manhattan Construction
April 24: Pella Windows & AIA Corn Hole Tournament
May 3: AIACOC Golf Tournament
May 13: Architecture after 5 hosted by FSB
June 10: AIACOC Luncheon
June 17: Architecture after 5 hosted by ZFI Engineering
Register for the AIA Sporting Clays Tournament
Demystifying Chess - Join Us Wednesday!
Have you always wanted to learn chess? Were you both captivated and mystified by The Queen’s Gambit? Chess involves problem-solving, logic, strategic thinking, and creativity – all qualities that women in architecture have in droves. Come learn how to exercise your brain and have fun at the same time by playing this celebrated game.

Bring your lunch and join Women in Architecture as we host Rebecca Rutledge, avid chess player and Director of the Youth Chess League of Central Oklahoma, Inc., who will orient you to the basics of the game, recommend ways you can learn more and improve your game, and give you the confidence to try it yourself. For those who already know how to play, feel free to join the program to offer insights and ask more advanced questions.
AIA Central Oklahoma February Virtual Luncheon
Join us on Thursday, February 11th at 11:45 a.m. for the AIA Central Oklahoma February Luncheon! This program will be held virtually via Zoom. We're excited to announce that our guest speakers will be Wardell Ross, Jr., AIA and Drew Deering, AIA of the AIA National Architecture Firm Award Winner, Moody Nolan. 
Wardell Ross Jr., AIA, NOMA, NCARB
Moody Nolan, Inc.
Wardell has gained extensive experiences in the healthcare, educational (Collegiate & K-12), civic, and hospitality markets over his 23 + year career in Architecture & Community engagement working in Ohio and Texas. Through those experiences as a registered architect, he has developed a sensitive approach in identifying client needs early in the project delivery timeline, from the most well-established institutional clients to the clients of undeserved communities.
Wardell’s work is grounded in service, efficient project management, professional integrity, and appropriate design. This approach was developed from the integration of his military service, extensive community outreach, and ministry experience. Architecture is his profession, but more so a tool connecting him to his passion of supporting under resourced organizations, communities, and individuals committed to the development of vulnerable or marginalized populations, as a result of his foundational faith in God. 
Drew Deering, AIA, LEED AP
Drawing from over two decades of his architecture experience across a diverse spectrum of architectural projects, Drew approaches architecture to ensure the careful execution of projects at Moody Nolan. Informed by his great passion for creating buildings that positively impact people and communities, Drew works closely with clients to realize their project visions. His in-depth project management and construction administration experience have driven the successful completion of projects from colleges, K-12 schools, arenas, and recreational centers across the country.

Mr. Deering currently serves as the First Vice President / President Elect for AIA Chicago where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2017. Drew has served as the Chair of the AIA National Regional and Urban Design Knowledge Community. He served on the inaugural members of the National Associate Committee, as the AIA Central States Regional Associate Director, and as the Associate Director for AIA Missouri. For AIA Chicago, he has served as Treasurer, Director, and Chair of the Regional and Urban Design Committee. Drew is active in his Chicago neighborhood of the Logan Square serving on multiple community organizations and continues his involvement with his child’s school non-profit organization “Friends of Brentano”.
Plan to grab your lunch and join us on February 11th at 11:45 a.m. via Zoom to learn more about the work of Moody Nolan. AIACOC Members attend free and the nonmember cost is $10.00. The deadline to register is Wednesday, February 10th. 
Volunteers Needed
AIA Central Oklahoma is looking for volunteers for the 2021 AIA Golf Tournament Committee (tournament set for May 3rd) and the AIA Kickball Tournament Committee (date to be determined).

Meetings for these committees will be held virtually.
Mark Your Calendars for Corn Hole!
AIA Oklahoma Conference Call of Speakers
AIA Central Oklahoma Member Honored
AIA Central Oklahoma Donovan Linsey, Assoc. AIA was honored last month when his project was selected to be part of the AIA National Emerging Professionals Exhibit. Congratulations Donovan!

About the Emerging Professionals Exhibit
The Emerging Professionals Exhibit is an annual digital exhibit that celebrates the most creative plans, projects, art, and design from architecture and design rising generation.