OKLAHOMANMADE Photography Exhibit

Join us for the OKLAHOMANMADE Architecture Photography Exhibit where we’ll reveal the winners of this year’s competition. Light snacks and drinks will be available.

Wednesday, April 17
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
2220 N. Classen Blvd., Suite A, OKC


Timeless Treasures: A Look at OKC’s American House Styles

Oklahoma City's neighborhoods represent an eclectic collection of historic America house styles, from Tudor to Craftsman and from Colonial Revival to Ranch. On this walking tour, we'll explore the variety of architectural styles on one block of an historic neighborhood, learning about style-defining details and appreciating the commonalities – and subtle differences – between them. (We will be viewing homes from the sidewalk and will not be going inside any of the homes).

The tour will be led by OKC Foundation for Architecture Vice Chair, Lisa Chronister.

Lisa M. Chronister, FAIA, AICP, LEED AP is the Assistant Director of the Oklahoma City Planning Department where she leverages her architectural expertise to influence public decision making, improving public and private development to ensure a vibrant, attractive environment for the entire community.

Before joining the Planning Department in 2014, Lisa worked for over two decades in traditional architectural practice, establishing herself as an accomplished manager of complex and large-scale building projects, both new and renovation. Throughout her career, Lisa has devoted her time and talent to teaching, mentoring, and professional service, including two terms as President of AIA Central Oklahoma, founder of the chapter's Women in Architecture group, and service as a longtime AIA representative to National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) visiting teams. Lisa has been appointed to multiple AIA national award juries and committees and is herself a recipient of national honors, including induction into the AIA College of Fellows.

Lisa earned a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma. She also holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
5:30 – 6:0 p.m.

Meeting point: intersection of NW 18th St and Barnes Ave.

Parking: street parking is available on nearby streets.

Cost to attend:
OCFA Member: Free*
Nonmember Guest: $10

*please note, OCFA membership is separate from AIA Membership. Not sure if you’re a current member? Email us to okcarchitecture@cox.net.

Space on the tour is limited to 25 people. First come, first served.



424 Tour

Join us for a tour of the 424 Building!

The 424/Phillips Murrah building is a multi-use commercial building under construction in the heart of Midtown. Retail, service, and hospitality are the focus of the street-level spaces to continue the growth of the walkable pedestrian experience of the area. The upper four floors are focused on business office use. Sensitive to the context of its neighborhood, masonry materials were used at the lower levels to complement the lower-scale masonry buildings of Midtown, while providing consistent smaller-scale colonnades to heighten the pedestrian experience. The top three floors that are to become the offices of Phillips Murrah step forward and are set apart from the context, reflecting the progressive and innovative culture of the firm.

Along the front of the building, the first two floors stretch out wide and pull away gradually from the street, making way for a northern patio that turns the corner toward a deep eastern plaza serving as both patio and pedestrian connection deeper into the site. This plaza is to eventually become a breezeway between anticipated future development. Presenting themselves as a singular form (with a single tenant), the upper three floors face the street more directly, perching atop and reaching out from the base below, and balancing an otherwise simple composition with just a few subtle moves.

Every design challenge provides a unique opportunity to improve our built environment. Both new infill construction and renovation/reuse can be equally challenging and equally fulfilling. The 424 project aspires to enhance the vibrancy of Midtown, acting as a catalyst for further thoughtful development in the area.

Thursday, February 29, 2024
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
424 NW 10th Street, OKC

The tour will be led by Fitzsimmons Architects and Lingo Construction.

424 is an active construction site so hard hats are required. Lingo Construction will have a few on hand but tour goers are encouraged to bring a hard hat.

Cost to attend:

*OCFA Members: $10
Nonmember Guests: $20

*please note, OCFA membership is separate from AIA Membership. Not sure if you’re a current member? Email us to okcarchitecture@cox.net.

Space on the tour is limited to 30 people. First come, first served.



OKLAHOMANMADE Photography Competition

1. All entrants must complete an entry form and upload the entry. Link provided below. Files may not exceed 15 MB in size and must be entered as a JPG, PNG or TIFF format. Photos must be sized to print in 8×10 format. OCFA is not responsible for mistakes in printing files that aren't sized properly. OCFA will print and frame the photographs for display.

2. Entries must have been exposed by, and owned by, the entrant.

3. The subject matter must have an architectural theme or must contain some element of the manmade environment and be located in the State of Oklahoma. Photographic interpretation of the subject matter is what will be judged, not the architecture.

4. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable: adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions; and the use of HDR (high dynamic range imaging), where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined for greater tonal range. Not acceptable: photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; or the use of artistic digital filters and effects. Examples of artistic filters and effects are watercolor, neon glow, posturizing, stained glass, and others which do not show the scene in its natural way.

5. Entry fee for each image for General and Professional Photographer is $20 for OKC Foundation for Architecture Members and $35 for nonmembers. K-12 Students $5, College Students $10. There is a maximum of 5 entries per person.

6. Categories are:

Oklahoma Students (K-12 & College)
Professional Photographer

7. Awards include:
– General: 1st Place $200, 2nd Place, $100 3rd Place $50
– Professional Photographer : 1st Place $200, 2nd Place, $100 3rd Place $50
– Oklahoma Students: 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $75, 3rd Place $50
– People's Choice (voting across all images as determined by votes during the AIA Architecture Tour): $75

8. Judges will include an Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture Board Member, an Architect and a Professional Photographer.

9. Entrant grants permission to the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture (and its partner AIA Central Oklahoma) to reproduce images for exhibition, publications and for promotional purposes with proper photo credit. These reproductions will become property of the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture. The photographer will maintain rights to his or her original work.

10. The decisions of the judges are final on all matters relating to the competition.

11. Submission of the image(s) implies entrants acceptance to all of the above conditions.

12. All entries will be exhibited during the AIA Architecture Tour on Saturday, April 13th and the winners will be awarded at a small reception on Wednesday, April 17th at the AIA / OCFA Office at 2220 N. Classen Blvd., Suite A.

13. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 15, 2024.

14. Questions? Please email to okcarchitecture@cox.net.



We hope you’ll join us in 2024! Join or renew your membership today!

Oklahoma Capitol Tour

Join us as we tour the Oklahoma State Capitol on Thursday, December 7th at 5:30 p.m. Our tour will be led by Trait Thompson.

Executive Director Trait Thompson has led the Oklahoma Historical Society since January of 2021.

Thompson began his career with the state as policy director for former Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman. During that four-year service, Thompson read every bill submitted to the senate, met with citizens from across the state and learned how to work with others to achieve shared goals. In 2014 he assumed the project manager role for the Oklahoma Capitol Restoration Project, shepherding the preservation and restoration of one of Oklahoma’s most important historical artifacts-the State Capitol. He is author of The Oklahoma State Capitol (2022).

Thompson is the co-host of A Very OK Podcast, which explores the interesting stories and fascinating personalities that make up Oklahoma’s unique history. Look for new episodes each month. OHS members receive updates from Thompson in each issue of Mistletoe Leaves, the bimonthly membership newsletter of the OHS.

Attendees will have a chance to win a copy of Trait's book, The Oklahoma State Capitol!

OCFA Members: Free
Nonmember Guests: $15.00


Buildings & Bikes

In partnership with Ride OKC, this leisurely 4-mile guided bike excursion will showcase the architectural treasures of Oklahoma City, spanning Route 66, Uptown 23rd Street, The Paseo, Mesta Park, and Heritage Hills. You'll explore notable locations featured in Sam Anderson's renowned book, "Boom Town," and enjoy refreshments at the conclusion of the tour.

The ticket to this tour is $30. If you need to rent a bike, add one at checkout for $10 and it will be waiting for you at the starting location.


Drinks X Design Cancelled

We’re sad to report that Drinks X Design has been cancelled this year but stay tuned for our next quarterly tour announcement!

Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine Tour

Join us for the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine Tour!

Join the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture, ADG | Blatt Architects and Cooper Project Advisors for a tour of the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine building on Tuesday, July 18th at 4:30 p.m.

Ground was officially broken on the site of the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine on November 19, 2019. Hundreds gathered for a “festival”-like celebration, which included food, games, dancing and music.

Spanning 4 years, the construction of the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine was a significant undertaking. This historic building in the life of the Church in Oklahoma, and the United States, was designed in the Spanish-colonial style to pay homage to the parish of Saint James the Apostle where Blessed Stanley served in Guatemala.

The dedication of the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine was divided into a week of events, culminating in the Feb. 17 dedication Mass of the shrine.

Join us for a tour led by JC Witcher, AIA of ADG|Blatt Architects along with Cooper Project Advisors.

Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine Tour
Tuesday, July 18th
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
700 SE 89th Street, OKC

Advance registration is required. Space is limited.

OCFA Members: Free
Nonmember Guests: $15.00


Photography Along Park

You're invited to the Photography Along Park event!

Join the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture and Architectural Photographer, Mel Willis, on a walk along Park Avenue to enjoy some of downtown Oklahoma City's stunning structures while learning tips and tricks for getting that perfect shot! All skill levels are welcome including iPhones, Android phones, and tablets.

Mel Willis is an architectural and interior photographer with over 15 years of experience in helping designers grow their visibility. Her work can be seen in: Architectural Digest, Designboom, Dezeen, National Geographic, Forbes, Fast Company, Southern Living Magazine, and more.



OCFA Members: $10
Nonmembers: $20
Space is limited.



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