A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 4

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Pre-Conference Shindig – SPONSORED BY SMPS OKLAHOMA

Axe Throwing Competition – Join us at Enid Axe Throwing for some friendly competition between AIA Eastern Oklahoma and AIA Central Oklahoma as we find out who the best axe throwers are.  We’ll provide the axes and the food, you provide the skills.  Drinks are on your own.

Thursday, October 5

8:00 A.M. – Registration

9:00 – 9:30 A.M. – Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:30 – 10:30 A.M.- OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER Sponsored by Flinto, Inc.
How to Negotiate Better Terms: From higher salary to life satisfaction and everything In between (1LU)
Presented by Dr. Meg Myers Morgan

Negotiation is not only a useful skill that can be learned, it is a framework that can change the way you interact with the world. Dr. Morgan believes the art of negotiating goes way beyond money. She sees it as a better way to clarify what you need in life and work; an easier way to ask for what you want from those who support you; and a healthier way of resolving conflict, clearly communicating, and nurturing collaboration with everyone around you. This humorous band insightful talk will leave you understanding the three reasons why people don’t negotiate, the three components of a successful negotiation, and the three tips to prepare for any negotiation.

Be sure to stop by their booths and say hi, get your Tradeshow Bingo sticker and learn about the products and services they have to offer.

11:00 – 12:00 P.M. – BREAKOUTS

Presented by Paolo Sanza
Room 404

This two-part course exhibits the journey of 16 students at the OSU School of Architecture engaged in providing tiny house design ideas meant for homeless teens and supporting the aims of Oklahoma City-based non-profit youth assistance group Pivot. Furthermore, it will offer a discourse on micro-architecture.

Presented by Rob Kinchler
Room 401

What’s old is new. Such is the case for fashion, music, and art. What about architecture? For architecture, there’s no architectural expression that demonstrates this principle better than Brutalism. Was it a “brutal” form of architecture in the past? Yes. Is it less “brutal” today? Most definitely. Derided as an architectural form starting in the late 70’s, brutalism is reappearing as an option for today that meets the aesthetic and overall sustainable need of today’s society.

12:00 – 1:30 P.M. LUNCH KEYNOTE – Sponsored by Southwest Terrazzo Association
(Recognize Scholarship Winners, Newly Licensed Architects & AXP Friendly Firms)

Presented by Evelyn Lee, FAIA, NOMA

This talk will explore the evolving landscape of the architecture industry and how professionals are adapting to new challenges and opportunities. By examining the intersection of design and business, we will highlight the importance of a holistic approach to architecture practice, encompassing creative expression, strategic thinking, and effective management. Throughout, attendees will gain valuable insights into the latest industry trends, innovative business models, and emerging technologies that are shaping the future of architecture.

1:30 – 2:30 P.M. – BREAKOUTS

Presented by Josh Kunkel, AIA, Kian Kamas, Kevin Rice and Elizabeth Rosin
Room 404

This panel discussion is about how the Historic Tulsa Boys Home was saved from the wrecking ball by a creative development team, a public/private partnership, and a lot of determination. The project was successfully completed this year after 4 years of perseverance to reach the finish line.

Presented by Jana Phillips, FAIA and Mary Kell, AIA
Room 401

Learn what owners really think about the interview process and how you can improve the impression you leave. Sharpen your interview skills by hearing what owner groups are really looking for in a multi-step interview process.

Visit our Conference Partners in their booths!

3:00 – 4:00 P.M. – BREAKOUTS

Presented by Ganesh S. Nayak, AIA, NOMA
Room 404

The session examines how building and zoning codes can address equity on many issues. Attendees will look at codes in a different way, as an important tool to further equity through planning and design. It will encourage them to increase their involvement in the evolution and shaping of building and zoning codes that in turn shape more equitable buildings, communities, and cities.

Presented by Dusty Schuler
Room 401

This 1-hour seminar is structured to acquaint the design team with basic building code requirements that drive the use of fire and smoke rated wide span opening protectives.

Enid Brewing Company (126 S. Independence Avenue)

Enjoy refreshing local beers, while listening short CE presentations at Enid Brewing Company. We’ll have a speaker with a presentation tied to a flight of beers!  *advance registration and additional cost for this program.

4:00 – 5:00 P.M. – CLOSING KEYNOTE –Sponsored by Nabholz Construction
Presented by Matt Wallace, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Nature, Place, Craft and Restraint: those are the ideals and design principles that have driven Lake|Flato’s work for close to 40 years. In this keynote presentation, Matt Wallace, Co-Leader of Lake|Flato’s Eco -Conservation Studio, will delve into the design process for a numberof the firm’s projects including the AIA COTE Top Ten Award winning University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Education Center, a building shaped by resilient design strategies and the AIA Institute Honor Award winning Confluence Park, a pavilion designed of concrete petals that collect and funnel rainwater to promote water conservation in its community.

6:00 – 7:30 P.M. -RECEPTION

Don’t miss the Thursday evening reception at (location). It’s a great time to gather with former classmates, current colleagues and new friends at Enid’s best brewery. Drink tickets and snacks are provided.

Friday, October 6

8:00 a.m. Registration

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. BREAKOUTS

IPD-Lite: How BIM Coordination was used to build consensus (1HSW)
Presented by Sam Stropes, AIA; Eric Messing, AIA, LSSYB; Jennifer Scott and Joe Don Holley, AIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C
Room 404

Journey with us to learn how we created consensus through a collaborative BIM process that is inclusive of both licensed designers and experienced trade teams to provide timely feedback on design-intent and construction constraints during the Construction Document phase for a surgical hospital.

Roundtable Discussions (1LU)
We’ll have three roundtable discussions – choose the one of interest to you. 

Strategies for Community Engagement led by Adam Lanman, AIA

This roundtable will focus on discussion of strategies to engage community stakeholders in the design process. Participants will have the opportunity to share what these interactions can look like, and lessons learned along the way. How have your projects benefitted from diverse input, and how can you envision that process changing in the future?

Technology in Architecture led by Francis Wilmore, AIA

At this roundtable participants will have a chance to discuss how technology is impacting their practice and learn how others are applying everything from BIM to AI within the design process. Participants will be facilitated through a discussion that will explore technology both for its everyday, practical application along with having an opportunity to speculate about where it may lead our industry in the near future.

Building a Future Workforce led by Rachel Hutchings

Recruiting and community engagement go hand in hand when considering future workforce needs. This session will feature discussion about how community engagement can serve as a recruitment tool for attracting workforce that is currently underrepresented in the architecture field.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. OPENING KEYNOTE

Real Space, Real Time: The Impact of Storytelling through Architecture and Animation (1LU) 
presented by Neil Wade

An overview of his path into the animation industry, highlighting parallels in the architectural & animation production process, including some similarities between storytelling and architecture.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Tradeshow Bingo – Visit our Conference Partners in their booths! 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. BREAKOUTS

Project Management 101: Purposeful Scheduling (1LU)
presented by Kate Cofer, AIA, Greg Shaw and Candace Baitz
Room 401

Who’s making that decision? And who is going to notify the client? Hear essential project management techniques from a panel of experts in our field. We’ll use data, anecdotes, as well as guidance from the Project Management Institute, to cover some essential project management, time management and meeting management skills that will be useful for all participants.

Engaging a Diverse Workforce: Supporting Employees Living with Disability (1HSW)
presented by Lisa Chronister, FAIA and Jack Morgan, FAIA
Room 404

In this seminar, you’ll join a discussion about effective ways firms can promote inclusion and support differently- abled professionals You’ll hear from a panel of differently-abled colleagues, and learn how simple strategies like flexible schedules and attention to mobility issues can make a tremendous difference to your peers’—and your practice’s—success.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH KEYNOTE (and Leadership AIA Graduation)

Big Little Hotel (1HSW)
presented by Donna Kacmar, FAIA

This talk will explore the history of hotels, the importance of hotels to urbanizing of the U.S., several new hotels, and include a brief speculation on the future directions of travel. The hotels featured are designed by architects who use light and materials in interesting and intentional ways. The designs also deliberately connect to their local history, context, or land – in many cases all three. Both the architecture and the operations harmonize with the place, whether that is a bustling city, small town, or natural area.

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Tradeshow Bingo – Visit our Conference Partners in their booths! 

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Downtown Enid Walking Tour 
led by Ronald Frantz, Jr., AIA and Kelly Thompkins
(Meet at the Registration Table)

Enjoy a fall stroll around the Enid Downtown Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since joining the Oklahoma Main Street Center in 1994 when there were sixteen major department store vacancies facing the Garfield County Courthouse Square, many major planning changes took place, allowing the development of a thriving, diverse, and unimagined lively downtown.

*advance registration and additional cost for this program.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. BREAKOUTS

Build Better for Healthcare (1HSW)
presented by Thomas Wright
Room 404

This program focuses on how to implement multi-trade offsite manufactured construction to provide cost certainty and enable faster construction so that health care providers can open sooner and generate revenue faster while gaining flexible infrastructure that embraces change and controls costs.

AI + Architecture: Designing a New Paradigm (1LU)
presented by Rene Peralta
Room 401

Explore how AI applications are reshaping the architecture studio creative process, fueling innovation, and charting a path towards the creation of new realities

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CLOSING KEYNOTE

What Comes First, the Place Making Chicken or the Architecture Egg? (1HSW) – Sponsored by CEC
presented by Eddie Jones, FAIA

Using Jones Studio examples, we will explore the relationship of the question and the elusive answer as a tool for inspiration. 

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