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.


Structural Masonry House Tour

Join us for our March Tour!

This Dutch inspired home rising up in the heart of Wheeler District is built to last centuries, using the age-old practice of structural masonry. With 16" thick walls and over 90,000 brick, the playful stepped gable and old-world charm expresses itself in a solidness and authenticity that only something real can. It is cozy and sophisticated, rugged yet refined. The subtle variation of each brick serves as a reminder that it is humans, with all their skill and imperfections, who built it, which affords a sense of comfort and familiarity that can't be mimicked. Rather than degrading, this home will get richer and more beautiful with each passing year.

Join us on Thursday, March 9th for a tour and hands on brick laying experience led by Austin Tunnel, founder and owner of Building Culture.

A special thanks to the Wheeler District for sponsoring the tour and providing beverages from The Big Friendly.

OKC Foundation for Architecture Members attend FREE (but advance registration is required)
Not sure if you’re a member? CLICK HERE

Nonmembers: $15.00


Drinks X Design on November 4!

Join us on Friday, November 4th for an evening of food, drinks, design and fun!

We will hop on a bus and head to Norman for our first stop at CWA Group who has teamed with 405 Brewery and Good Life Dining Group.

From there we will head to The Well, a project by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, who has teamed with Equity Brewing Company and Scratch Kitchen.

Our next stop will be back in Oklahoma City at The Joinery by Cord Construction, where you'll enjoy drinks and food form The Joinery.

And our last stop will be hosted by ADG|Blatt Architects at the newly renovated Mary Eddy's Pool Bar. You'll enjoy coffee, drinks and desserts.

Tickets are $65 for OCFA members and $75 for nonmembers. Tickets are limited! First Come, First Served.




Tour of the SNU Campus!



BancFirst Tower Tour

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
5:30 p.m.
BancFirst Tower
100 N. Broadway, OKC

OKC Foundation for Architecture Members attend FREE!
(not sure if you’re a member? Click here for our membership list)

Nonmembers: $15.00


Save the Date!

OKLAHOMANMADE Photography Competition!


Entry Requirements

1. The subject matter must have an element of the man-made environment and be located within the state of Oklahoma. Let us know where it’s located in your post!

2. Entries must be submitted via Instagram using the hashtag #OKLAHOMANMADE22 and tagging @okcarchitecture. Please feel free to include other fun tags like #architecture #design to help us spread the word! (Please note, if your account it private, you must ask to follow us @okcarchitecture so we can follow you back or we won’t see your entry)

3. The contest will run April 1 - April 30. Winners will be selected by members of the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture Board of Trustees and will be announced on May 13, 2022 on Instagram. Posts must be made April 1-30 and only one photo per post.

4. The entrant grants permission to the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture (and its partner AIA Central Oklahoma) to reproduce images for exhibitions, publications, and for promotional purposes. The photographer maintains the rights to his or her original work).


The OKC Foundation for Architecture will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and Honorable Mention. Photos will be judged on photographic interpretation of the subject matter, not the architecture.

1st Place: $100 Visa Gift Card

2nd Place: $75 Visa Gift Card

3rd Place: $50 Visa Gift Card

The Board can also award up to four honorable mentions who will receive $25 Visa Gift Cards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I share my photo on another social media platform?

Not for contest purposes, in order for your entry to be considered in the contest, you must share it on Instagram.

Can I submit something other than Architecture?

The rules state that it must be something man-made so anything man-made is acceptable but the goal of the competition is to highlight Oklahoma Architecture, so we encourage architecture to be part of the photo.

Can I submit images before the start of the competition?

While we always encourage you to share great architecture photos with us, in order for it to be part of the competition, images must be submitted with the appropriate tag and hashtags #Oklahomanmade22 and tag @okcarchitecture between April 1 - April 30, 2022.

Is there a time limit on when the photos were taken?

The photo must be taken by the individual posting the image but it does not matter when the photo was taken. However, photos that have previously been awarded in the OklahoMANmade Photography Competition are not eligible.

Is there a limit to how many photos I can enter?

There is no limit to the number of photos you can enter BUT you must submit each entry in a separate post. Multiple image posts will not be accepted.

Can I tag old photos on Instagram for the competition?

Images must be posted between April 1 - 30, 2022 to be eligible to the competition. If you have past images that have been posted to Instagram, you much repost them during the competition dates (with the appropriate tags) to be eligible for the competition.


Email us at okcarchitecture@cox.net


Tour the Historic Overholser Dam

Tour the Historic Overholser Dam

led by Colin Young, PE of Freese and Nichols

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
5:30 p.m.
Overholser Lake Dam
3115 E. Overholser Drive, OKC

OKC Foundation for Architecture Members: Free
(Not sure if you’re a member, click here)

Nonmembers: $15


In the early years of Oklahoma City, the water source was the N. Canadian River, which was unreliable due to drought and flooding, and the future growth of the City was impaired by insufficient water supply. After years of discussions and disagreements about the need for a dam, the community realized that to grow, build they must. Finally in 1916, a $1.5 million bond issue was approved and construction began on the dam. Completed in 1918, Lake Overholser Dam created a 700 acre lake, which aided in flood control and provided Oklahoma City with its primary source of water, enabling her to grow substantially in the years following its completion.

Lake Overholser Dam is a reinforced concrete buttress type dam 1650 feet long and 68 feet high. It dams the North Canadian River which flows from Canton Reservoir in Blaine County, to form Lake Overholser. The dam was named for Edward Overholser, mayor of Oklahoma City at the time. It wasn't until May of 1930 that the City finally allowed use of the lake for fishing, boating and swimming. The dam runs east/west and straddles the border of Oklahoma and Canadian Counties, at the southeast corner of the Lake. In 1924, the west end of the dam was extended, adding eight more gated spillways.

Find out more exciting facts about the historic dam on April 27th!


Tour the First Americans Museum

We're excited to announce our first OCFA Tour of 2022! Join us for a tour of the First Americans Museum led by one of the architects of the project, Anthony Blatt, AIA of Blatt Architects (formerly Hornbeek Blatt Architects).

First Americans Museum (FAM) celebrates the 39 Native Nations within the State of Oklahoma. Located on a reclaimed oil field site on the intersection of I-35 and I-40, the project commenced in 1997. The selected design team remained constant with the project after many financial delays, finishing the final construction phase in 2021. The design of the 175,000 sq. ft. building/site showcases themes consistent for all the tribes, without disproportionate promotion of any specific group, and for this reason the building materials are a simple palette: glass, steel, wood and concrete, organized in a series of radian geometries. These geometries are consistently accepted among the Native Nations, speaking to the spiritual significance of the unending circular forms from which life originates, continues and begins anew.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
5:30 p.m.
First Americans Museum
659 First Americans Blvd., OKC 73129

Attendance is limited and advance registration is required. Masks are required for all tour attendees.

$5 for OKC Foundation for Architect Members (Not sure if you're a current member? Click Here)
$15 for nonmember guests


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Thank you to our 2021-2022 Pillar Members:

Blatt Architects


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