Monday, July 12, 2021

July 15-16: Architects in Action Legislative Conference
July 20: Virtual Lunch & Learn
July 26 - 30: Experience Architecture (High School Architecture Camp)
July 29: Architecture after 5 at Pella Windows and Doors of Oklahoma
August 5: Women in Architecture Happy Hour
August 7: AIA Kickball Tournament (Reschedule Date)
August 12: AIACOC Luncheon at Capitol View Event Center
August 26: Architecture after 5 at KFC Engineering
September 9: AIA Luncheon
September 9: OKC Foundation for Architecture Tour of Oklahoma Contemporary
September 16: Architecture after 5 at Boldt Construction
September 30- October 1: AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture in Edmond
October 11-17: Architecture Week
October 21: Architecture after 5 at Alvine Engineering
November 5: OKC Foundation for Architecture Drinks X Design
November 11: Architecture after 5 at Timberlake Construction
November 12: AIA Oklahoma Design Awards Banquet
November 18: AIA Luncheon
Do You Have a Project for the AIA Architecture Tour?
The 2021 AIA Architecture Tour will take place on Sunday, October 17th from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. We have several locations that have carried over from the cancelled 2020 tour but are in search of a few more projects so if you have a project you'd like to see on the tour... nominate it! The deadline for nominations is July 16th.
Virtual Lunch & Learn on July 20
Incorporating the Forgotten Thermal Benefits of Brick
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
via Zoom

While frequently chosen for aesthetics and durability, clay brick is not often considered when energy efficiency is a primary concern, even though it historically played a significant role in occupant comfort before widespread use of HVAC systems. This course discusses the basics of heat transfer, relevant energy code provisions for walls, and how current research by the National Brick Research Center demonstrates the role that brick veneer can play in meeting or exceeding energy requirements in modern wall assemblies.    
Attendees will earn 1 hour of HSW credit.
Architecture after 5 at Pella Windows & Doors of Oklahoma
Join Us for Women In Architecture Happy Hour
Join Us for the August AIA Luncheon!
The AIA Central Oklahoma August Luncheon will take place on Thursday, August 12th at 11:30 a.m. at the Capitol View Event Center at Old Surety located at 5201 N. Lincoln Blvd. Our program this month with be the First Americans Museum. We’ve all watched this project for many years and it’s exciting to see the opening scheduled for next month. Join Tony Blatt, AIA and Leon Natker to learn all there is to know about the First Americans Museum.
Anthony J. Blatt, Principal | Hornbeek Blatt Architects
Tony Blatt, a Moore native and graduate with a Bachelors of Architecture from Oklahoma State University in 1993, returned to the Oklahoma City area with his wife, Julie, to raise their family and begin his professional career. After working for HTB and Benham, Tony partnered with David Hornbeek and has been a principal at Hornbeek Blatt Architects since 1998. He has worked on a wide range of award winning projects during his career, including corporate, government, educational, healthcare, recreational, hospitality and cultural museums. It wasn’t long before Tony’s desire for design and construction expanded into one of professional service, when in 1999 he accepted a Director’s position within the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Since then, he has served in various Chair / Committee roles on the Riverfront Design Review Committee, the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission, the Oklahoma City Downtown Design Review Committee, the Oklahoma City Urban Design Commission and is the current Chairperson for the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture. This afternoon Tony will be presenting on the First Americans Museum, formerly the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, a project that has been in his firm since 1996. Opening day for First Americans Museum (FAM) is scheduled for September 18, 2021.
Leon Natker, Associate Director of Institutional Advancement | First Americans Museum
Leon Natker is an artist, archaeologist/anthropologist, and an historian. Leon began his career as an actor/singer at the age of twelve. He attended New York’s famed Juilliard school before embarking on a career which took him across the United States and eventually to Europe to study and sing opera. Leon eventually turned to directing which brought him to San Diego and the invitation to become the Executive Director of Lyric Opera San Diego. During his tenure in San Diego, he grew the organization from a community-based company to a professional regional company. In 2000 the need for a new home for the company led Leon into the world of historic preservation. Putting together a public/private enterprise he led the 8-million-dollar capital campaign to restore the historic 1928 North Park Theater.

In 2011 Leon decided to pursue a new life in the world of museums. He acquired degrees in archaeology from Eastern New Mexico University and Museum Studies from the University of New Mexico. He has participated in digs at the Yangguanzhai site in central China, Chaco Canyon, and Gila Cliffs. He has worked on historic preservation projects at Montezuma Castle, Bandelier National Monument, and the Coronado Historic site in New Mexico. Museum positions have included collections management and co-curation of exhibits at the Maxwell Museum, Blackwater Draw, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. He is a published author and lecturer in archaeology of the southwest. Most recently Leon was the Executive Director of the New Mexico Holocaust Museum.
Plan to join us on August 12th to learn more about the First Americans Museum. AIA Central Oklahoma members attend free and the nonmember cost is $25. The deadline to register is Monday, August 9th.
AIA Central Oklahoma Honor Award
Call for Nominations

The AIA Central Oklahoma Honor Awards program honors individuals, firms and/or organizations that have contributed to the betterment of the architecture profession and the built environment.

Nominations are due September 3, 2021.
Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration Now Open!
Are you interested in joining us for the 2021 AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture as an exhibitor or sponsor?

Find out more HERE!
Book Your Hotel Room for AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture!
AIA Oklahoma Conference | September 30 - October 1, 2021

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Edmond Oklahoma City North
Group Name: American Institutes of Architects Oklahoma Conference 2021
Deadline to book: September 3, 2021
AIA Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards
Call for Entries
AXP Friendly Firms
The AIA Oklahoma AXP Friendly Firm program (formerly “intern friendly firm”) began in 2006 to recognize those firms that go above and beyond to help intern architects advance in their career through leadership opportunities and assistance throughout the licensure process. The program is now called AXP Friendly Firms to highlight the importance of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). AIA Oklahoma believes this program benefits both the interns and the firms that participate. It helps bridge the gap between education and experience by providing the tools necessary to achieve licensure. Firms benefit by creating an atmosphere of learning and professional growth, promoting professional development of staff so that more responsibility can be shared and fostering relationships among staff that create a positive environment which aids in retention of employees and a positive reputation among likely recruits. In the end the sharing of knowledge between those who have experience and those who are eager to learn benefits the profession as a whole. 
A’21: Selling sustainability to your clients
“Sustainability begins with a conversation.”

That client comment may sound deceptively simple. But when it comes to getting buy-in from clients, it all hinges on how “conversation” is framed. It’s not a presentation. It doesn’t revolve around renderings or any of the other typical tools in the architect’s toolbox.
It’s about listening.

In the A’21 keynote panel “Selling Sustainability to your Clients,” architects shared their experiences using collaborative engagement in convincing clients to support sustainable design.

BNIM Principal Laura Lesniewski, FAIA, outlined three layers to building collaborative client dialogue – each of which builds the foundation for the next.

Noting that architects’ code of conduct confers an obligation to protect health, safety, and welfare, Lesniewski emphasizes that protecting the environment must be considered a fundamental part of the mission – a central element of a firm’s core purpose and common vision. “Real change happens when the culture of a firm elevates this conversation,” she stresses. While most architects know that buildings contribute 40% of greenhouse gases, Lesniewski asks her peers to consider that “at some point in history, that number was zero.” Getting back to zero should be a priority for each architect and each practice – as it is for AIA. “Having a 90,000-member organization behind me helps” spur climate conversations – as does avoiding the term “sustainability.” Clients may not identify sustainability as a priority outright. But do they care about workplace productivity? A healthy office environment? Student test scores? Or simply the bottom line when it comes to operational costs and green tax incentives? Then they may be open to sustainable solutions – if architects listen and cultivate a firm culture that asks the right questions.

AIA Central States Design Awards Hosted by AIA Kansas
The AIA Central States Region Design Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding architecture coming from the region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. 

Entries must be designed by AIA CSR members or must be projects completed within the Central States Region and designed by a fellow AIA member. 
Award recipients will be publicly announced during the Virtual AIA Kansas | AIA Central States Region Design Excellence Awards Celebration on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

Submissions are due July 23, 2021

Questions? Contact Kelly Engelke
2nd Annual Row For A Cause!
Questions regarding this event? Contact Darla Mullett of TRW at