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Kenneth Dennis, AIA of Studio Architecture
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.