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A Week In Brief
Monday, July 8, 2019
In This Issue
Member Spotlight
Passing of Arn Henderson, FAIA
Architecture after 5 at KFC Engineering
AIA August Luncheon
AIAOK Design Awards Call for Entries
Save the Date #AIAOK19
Exhibit at the AIA Conference on Architecture!
Mark Your Calendars!

July 12: AIAOK Design Awards Entry Form & Fees Due
July 12: Leadership AIA
July 18: Architecture after 5 at KFC Engineering
August 1: AIACOC Luncheon
September 12: AIACOC Luncheon
September 26: Architecture after 5 at Bryan's Flooring
October 3-4: AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture
October 24: Architecture after 5 at GE Johnson Construction
November 1: AIA Oklahoma Design Awards Banquet
November 7: American Indian Heritage Month 
November 14: AIACOC Luncheon
November 15: OCFA Drinks By Design

Member Spotlight 
We love our members!

Zach Pate of Champion Designs and 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 more than 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.
Passing of our friend, Arn Henderson, FAIA
Arnold "Arn" Glenn Henderson, FAIA, passed away on June 27, 2019.

Arn was Professor Emeritus of the University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. A proponent and advocate of historical preservation throughout our country and, in particular, his home state of Oklahoma. Arn was also a poet, author and lifelong student of other cultures. He was an advocate of Bruce Goff's teaching and the American School legacy and helped ensure the impact of the Bruce Goff Chair of Creative Architecture in its early years.

Arn designed and built of his home of 42 years, which was recognized by the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) for its unique design in 1976. In 1996, he was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows, the AIA's highest membership honor, for his exceptional work and contribution to the industry and his community. Less than 5% of AIA members hold this distinction.

Arn is remembered and celebrated by the Gibbs College of Architecture for his nearly 70-year commitment to the program. He was a friend, a mentor and advocate for all whom he taught.
Son of Henry and Pearlalee, brother to Lyndal, father of two children, and grandfather of two, Arn was preceded in death by his parents, sister, wife, and a son. He is survived by a son and two grandsons.
Architecture after 5 at KFC Engineering Next Week!
AIA August Luncheon
Join us for the August AIA Luncheon set to take place on Thursday, August 1st at 11:30 a.m. at OSU-OKC in the Student Center on the 3rd Floor.  Our program will be Oklahoma City's Innovation District: An Emerging District.  Our featured speaker will be Katy Boren, President and CEO of Oklahoma City's Innovation District.  

As president and CEO of Oklahoma City's Innovation District, Katy Boren spearheads the creation and development of the emerging district and is focused on creating a vibrant, fully-integrated community where people can live, work and play. Her goal is to develop collaboration between Oklahoma's diverse sectors - health, energy, aerospace, tech, art and others - to foster new opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation.

After earning her bachelor's degree in mass communication from the University of Denver, Boren pursued a law degree at the University of Oklahoma. After graduating, she served a one-year courtship for the Arizona Superior Court before returning to Oklahoma. Boren has practiced oil and gas litigation, served as the vice president of regulatory affairs for Cox Communications for the eastern half of the country, owned her own law firm and spent time as the chief of the Utilities Regulation Unit for the Oklahoma Attorney General's office.  

The deadline to register for the AIA August Luncheon is Friday, July 26, 2019.  AIA Central Oklahoma Members attend free and nonmembers / guests are $25.  


AIA Oklahoma Design Awards
Save The Date! #AIAOK19

Plan To Join Us for the
2019 AIA Oklahoma Conference!

The AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture will be held October 3-4, 2019 in Tulsa at the Osage Casino and Hotel.
You won't want to miss this WOW Conference....great speakers, fabulous tours, a can't miss reception at the Gathering Place and of course, continuing education credit!
Mark your calendars and watch for registration to open on July 15!

Book Your Hotel Now! Just $84 a Night

The AIAOK Conference Hotel is the Osage Casino Hotel and the room rate is $84 plus tax. You may make your reservations by calling the Osage Casino Hotel at 1/877-246-8777. Please use the code: AIA2019 when making your reservation. 
Or you can make your reservation online at www.osagecasino.com by selecting "Hotel Reservations" at the top and proceeding to the Tulsa location with reservation dates. Next select "Group Sign In" at the top of the screen and place the code (AIA2019) in the Group Code box, hit submit. This will then direct you to select your dates and room type.
Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.  
Sponsorships & Booths Available! Early Bird Rates End on Thursday!  

A big thank you to those who have 
already signed up to exhibit and sponsor! 

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