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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Tyler Wallace, AIA

Architect at GH2 Architects


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I grew up just outside of Tulsa went to Oklahoma State and work at GH2 Architects. Live in Tulsa proper with my wife Katie.


How long have you been a member of AIA? 

I have been a member of AIA since 2011.


Why did you join AIA? Are you involved with the chapter?

I joined because I think AIA is our community’s voice and I believe our voice should be heard.


What’s your favorite AIAEOK event?

The AIAEOK golf tournament.


What’s your favorite thing about AIA?

AIA has done so many great things for me. It keeps track of my CEUs, houses a strong group of local professionals and is a constant source of knowledge about the trade.


What or who inspired you to become an architect?

I knew I wanted to be involved with creating things at a young age. My family owned a construction company here in town and I got to work as young as 5 years old. The crazy thing is that I wanted to be a general contractor when I grew up. What changed my mind was a “deep” conversation with my father. I said “Dad, I think I’m going to be a contractor like you.” He said “Then you can stay home with me and I can teach you everything you need to know.” I said, “How could I go to college? He said “You could be an architect”. And here we are.


What do you think/hope your occupation will look like in 10 years?

Things have been great lately. I love Tulsa and I love what we are all seeing come down the pipeline. There’s a lot of smart small growth going on right now and I think that is the best way to build a vibrant city. I hope we are doing similar things that we are doing today.


What is your specialty practice area?

I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of project types from education, hospitality, community centers, to local bars and restaurants. I love the challenge of a new perspective. One day your learning how a doctor exams patients and the next your learning how a bartender makes a drink.


Do you do any volunteer work?

I volunteer at the annual Old Bags Luncheon for the Crosstown Learning Center and at the Real Hero’s Wear Pink Annual Cancer Benefit.


What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma?

It’s a tossup between the Philtower and the Blue Dome. On one side the Philtower has the most gorgeous lobby, and the other side the Blue Dome is this iconic, clumsy beautiful piece of Oklahoma vernacular placed on one of the most active corners in town.


Lefty, Righty or Ambi?

Lefty


Window or aisle?

Window


On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you?

Riding my bike through midtown on my way to brunch or grabbing a coffee.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: James Boswell, Architect

Owner of James P. Boswell, Architect


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James Boswell received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1986, with emphases on architectural design and visual arts, from the University of OklahomaJames P. Boswell, Architect is an architectural firm established in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1996. Three decades of practice in architecture has generated a diverse portfolio of projects, both commercial and residential. The practice includes commercial experience such as restaurants, office, retail, mixed-use buildings, entertainment venues, bank facilities, a variety of tenant build-outs and a number of custom luxury residences and remodels of existing homes.


Prior to founding his firm, James gained eight years of experience with a small local Architectural firm where he interned and received his license in 1993. He was responsible for design, construction documents, project management and construction management. His experience ranged from a variety of large and small commercial projects, along with small to large custom residences. This diverse experience has given him a strong understanding of many architectural styles and building types.



How long have you been a member of AIA? Since 2005

Why did you join AIA? Stacy Bales 

What’s your favorite AIAEOK event? Golf Tourney

What or who inspired you to become an architect? Gene Starr

What do you think/hope your occupation will look like in 10 years? More like it did 20-25-35 years ago.

What is your specialty practice area? Great Architecture ;-)

Do you do any volunteer work? Hard to do as a sole proprietor.

What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? The Wichita Mountains, Tulsa and “The Palace on the Prairie”.

Lefty, Righty or Ambi? Righty

Window or aisle? Window

On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Farmers Market with my wife & son.


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Scott Webb, PE

Principal / Senior Mechanical Engineer at MPW Engineering


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I am a Principal and Mechanical Engineer for MPW Engineering, LLC and have been there since the company was founded in 1997. Graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN and started my career designing industrial facilities. This type of experience was beneficial for a transition into design of retail, restaurant and healthcare facilities where operational and jurisdictional requirements are critical. I grew up in central Illinois but have now lived in the Tulsa area longer than anywhere else and I consider this home. MPW Engineering has grown into doing projects all over the U.S. and here in Oklahoma for nearly all building types. We offer mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and refrigeration engineering. My wife Sidney is an early education teacher for Union Public Schools. We have a son Gage age 11, daughter Finley age 9, and son Griffin age 3 and reside in Broken Arrow.


How long have you been a member of AIA?

Since the early 2000s


What’s your favorite AIAEOK event?

Happy Hour because it is an opportunity to meet and talk with others in the A/E/C community. It is also a chance to see another firm’s office and learn a little about their operation.


What’s your favorite thing about AIA?

Definitely that it brings everyone together in our local A/E/C industry.


What drew you to the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry?

A/E/C is one of the most fast-paced and constantly-evolving industries out there, it is never boring.


What do you think/hope industry will look like in 10 years?

I think the trend towards diverse talent will continue. I feel like design teams are growing and having more specialized team members to address all areas of the project, which is a good thing for our industry.


Do you do any volunteer work?

I volunteer for YMCA of Greater Tulsa, specifically the Downtown branch, and I am on my 4th year of working with the American Red Cross, Tulsa Area Chapter.


What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma?

My current favorite design has not been constructed quite yet. That would be A Gathering Place For Tulsa, specifically the Lodge/Cabana and the Boathouse. I think the whole project and these structures specifically are going to have an amazing wow factor once completed.


Lefty, Righty or Ambi? Righty


Window or aisle? Window


On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you?

Up early getting stuff done and then hitting the gym.


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Kevin Magness, AIA, LEED AP

Director at Hastings+Chivetta


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A 1994 graduate of the University Of Arkansas School Of Architecture (Soooie!), Kevin has over 20 years of architectural experience. After spending about ten years working on the east coast, Kevin returned to Oklahoma in the summer of 2008 to open the Tulsa Office of Hastings+Chivetta Architects. A licensed Architect and LEED AP, Kevin is Director of the H+C’s Tulsa Office. Although involved in all facets of “keeping this thing going”, his primary responsibility is project management with an emphasis in construction administration. Career highlights include working closely with The University of Tulsa on the many projects which have transformed their campus, as well as providing building envelope design and construction administration for the renovation of Paul Rudolph Hall at Yale University.


How long have you been a member of AIA? Since 1995 with affiliations in Arkansas, Connecticut, and Oklahoma along the way.


Why did you join AIA? Primarily to keep up with what is going on in the profession and to remain informed of political issues that affect the design and construction industry. 


Are you involved with the chapter? Honestly, I keep a pretty low social profile. I usually attend state conventions and various forums or educational events sponsored by the AIA.


What’s your favorite AIAEOK event? State Convention

What’s your favorite thing about AIA? I appreciate that AIA Oklahoma is politically engaged and keeps the membership well informed.

What or who inspired you to become an architect? No one person. As a kid I loved drawing and building. By the age of 12, my mind was made up.

What do you think/hope your occupation will look like in 10 years? Always focused on growth, I hope to have expanded the regional operations for H+C, reaching beyond our current areas of specialization.


What is your specialty practice area? As far as project types, my personal experience has varied considerably. Our firm specializes in collegiate architecture with over 200 collegiate clients nationwide. Over the past 10 years I have enjoyed focusing primarily on Construction Administration.


Do you do any volunteer work? I have volunteer experience with Engineering Ministries International (EMI), with whom I have travelled to Kenya, Congo (DRC), India, and Guatemala providing design services for multiple project types, including orphanages, schools, and hospitals.

What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? There really is a lot to enjoy: Price Tower, Boston Avenue Methodist, Mayo Hotel, FLW’s Westhope house in Tulsa, even the Devon Energy tower in OKC, but my favorite Oklahoma architecture is primarily ruins of the old farms. I’m particularly fond of old windmills and silos.


Lefty, Righty or Ambi? Righty, except ambi when playing basketball.

Window or aisle? Always the aisle.

On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Either under a pile of kids in my living room or in my garden.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Allison Taylor

AIA Eastern Oklahoma Affiliate Director

Marketing Coordinator at Wallace Engineering


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I graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in Arts Management. After college, I started as the receptionist at an architectural firm, where I moved into the position of Marketing and Business Development Coordinator. After rebounding from the economy, I joined Wallace Engineering as a Marketing Coordinator in late summer of 2009. I live the good life with The Bob and my two stinky dogs, Blitzen and Dasher.

Are you involved with the chapter? I am currently serving as the Affiliate Director and have served on the annual golf tournament planning committee for the past several years.

What’s your favorite AIAEOK event? I’ve really enjoyed the golf tournament but my new favorite might be Architread - I hate that I missed its debut!


What’s your favorite thing about AIA? I love the camaraderie and how a group of masterful designers come together to support each other and future of the industry.


What drew you to the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry? My mom is an artist and art has always been a part of my life. I’ve always admired architecture and even have a few architects in my family. I’m amazed at the wonders that are created in the built environment.


What do you think/hope industry will look like in 10 years? This question takes me back to fifth grade when we were asked to draw what we though the year 2000 would look like. Pretty sure we haven’t made it to floating cars or living on the moon yet... I hope the trend of reusing and adapting the new from the old will continue and that the sustainability and longevity of buildings will continue to increase.


What is your specialty practice area? I’ve really enjoyed updating and creating the new marketing collateral for Wallace Engineering. I’ve dabbled more and more in graphic design over the past few years and have so much more to learn. It’s been one of my favorite creative outlets.


Do you do any volunteer work? Recently, I’ve served on the American Cancer Society’s Tulsa Cattle Baron’s Ball planning committee.


What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma? The McGregor House at 14th and Quaker. 


Lefty, Righty or Ambi? Righty


Window or aisle? Window. I love the views of the land from 36,000 feet.


On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you? Sitting on the patio at Queenie’s having breakfast with my mom.




MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Phil Condley, AIA

AIA Eastern Oklahoma President

Project Architect at Dewberry


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Tulsa native, graduated from Catoosa High School. Studied Architecture and Art at OSU and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. I’ve worked for a number of different firms in the Tulsa area but Dewberry is my current and longest employer. In my free time I enjoy riding bicycles and motorcycles, taking in the attractions and events around downtown, and hanging out with friends and my dog Johnwayne.


How long have you been a member of AIA?

I have been a member of AIA since I graduated from college in 2008, so 7 years.


Why did you join AIA? Are you involved with the chapter?

I joined the AIA because I thought it would be a great resource to meet others in the profession. After joining I become involved with the Yong Architects Forum and just found myself more involved in the local chapter year after year. I am currently serving as board president of the local chapter.


What’s your favorite AIAEOK event?

Currently my favorite event is CHiT/CHaT, a twice a year event in which we have artists, entertainers and architects present their work in a timed format. Lots of fun. I am also very excited about our inaugural architectural bicycle tour, ArchiTread, which will be on Saturday April 25 at 1:00 and starting at Soundpony. Shameless plug, but I would highly recommend.


What’s your favorite thing about AIA?

My favorite part about AIA is getting to interact with others in the profession. You sometimes get wrapped up in the work you’re doing in the office and forget that there’s other things going on out there and through local events I’m able to find out what others are working on and what new spaces and places are being built and designed.


What or who inspired you to become an architect?

I’ve always been into art and sculpture. Early in college I was studying to be a pharmacist and taking art courses as electives. After a class project drawing buildings and interiors I decided to switch my major. The rest is history.

  1. What do you think/hope your occupation will look like in 10 years?

There’s lots of discussion about this topic right now because of how much it has changed over the recent years with new technologies in design documentation, materials, and building systems technology. I’m confident architects will still be around but it will be interesting to see how our role in the building industry has changed.


What is your specialty practice area?

I would say that right now my specialty is education design. That’s primarily what I’ve worked on in my career and those projects stand out the most in my mind.


Do you do any volunteer work?

Currently any volunteer work I do is being done through the AIA. One committee I’m involved with is working with the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (science, technology, engineering and math) to help kids with summer learning programs.


What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma?

Tough one, I think there’s lots of great stuff in Oklahoma but my favorite place is Guthrie Green. It’s a simple design and concept but I love how it’s always full of people and always has an event going on.


Lefty, Righty or Ambi?

I do most things right handed.


Window or aisle?

Window


On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you?

Weather permitting, you would most likely find me out on the bicycle or motorcycle.