American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Section Presents Awards
Metropolitan area architects presented their annual awards on Friday at a luncheon ceremony at the Will Rogers Theater – and risked not handing me one too.
I am humbled. It was the honorary BH Prasad award, presented by the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter, which is holding a grand tour on Sunday.
Prasad was a friend of the profession and supported it through his work at Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. The award presented on his behalf recognizes those who contribute “to the betterment of the architectural profession, the community and the ‘built environment’.
My remarks :
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I thought about architects this week, knowing this was going to happen, and trying to remember who the first architect I knew was, and that was Mike Brady.
But the first real architect I met was Anthony McDermid, who welcomed me to Oklahoma City in 1999 when I moved here. I am an Oklahoman, but I had never lived in “the City”. Kind of like âBig Countryâ Bryant Reeves, I thought it meant Sallisaw.
But he welcomed me to Oklahoma City, and the architectural and construction community, and held my hand in a way, because I didn’t know much. I’ve come a long way from “Who’s Bruce Goff?”
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And I was also thinking about the first time I encountered architecture as a thing, and that was at Oklahoma State University. I lived at Bennett Hall for two or three years and walked past the Architecture Building every day – and it was never closed! The lights were never out no matter how long we were on the Strip, coming back to the dorm. I was impressed with it.
And it got me thinking about this this week: you are all the reason arts and sciences are in the same college. You make them dance. You make art dance with science in a way that can be exquisite and still matters. And I admire it. If anything, I try to communicate this, as I can, in my writing.
(OSU’s School of Architecture is actually part of the College of Architecture, Engineering, and Technology. Oops.)
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The timing for this award is bittersweet to me. I heard about it six days after learning that I was no longer the real estate writer for The Oklahoman. There is no real estate publisher. I’m back in full-time reporting for the first time in 30 years.
The point is that I, so that we can dig deeper, delve deeper into issues, trends, and news that hopefully you can’t get from anyone else.
There’s a lot of news, and we’re not really trying to compete (to get it first) anymore. We’re trying to create a niche and create a situation where you have to come to us to get what we have because only we have it.
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With that: we’re at the Will Rogers Theater. He said, âAll I know is what I read in the papers. If he were here today, he would say, âAll I know is what I read in the newspapers, in the news apps, on my Kindle and on my laptop.
And so, I encourage you: if you don’t, please subscribe to the digital Oklahoman. It’ll keep me a job, and it’ll keep you all in the news. Thank you so much.
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Congratulations to the other Farooq Karim winners, William Wayne Caudill Award; MA + Architecture, Solomon Andrew Layton Prize; Lingo construction services, Keystone prices; and Darla Mullett, Robert M. Lawrence Award for Volunteerism.
And congratulations to those recognized for obtaining their architectural licenses: Scott Breisford, Elizabeth Crossno, Clay Dobbins, Jessica Fleming, Zackarie Long, Shawn Llorg, Zachary Maggia, Audrey Merz, Stephen Mitchell, Andrew Stevens Jr. and Spencer Wilson.
Senior Business Writer Richard Mize has covered housing, construction, commercial real estate and related topics for the newspaper and Oklahoman.com since 1999. Contact him at [email protected]