The American Institute of Architects

A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Friday Speakers

Daniel Butko, AIA 

As an architect, educator, and acoustical consultant, Daniel Butko combines interests in music, design, and science. His experience spans 30 years in all phases of design and acoustical consultation with a range of firms on projects such as recording studios, broadcast facilities, restaurants, office buildings, residential, healthcare facilities, and educational spaces. Notable recognition/awards include Walt Disney Dreamers and Doers, EPA P3, Gibbs College of Architecture Outstanding Educator, ASA Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education, AIA Interior Architecture, and Architect R+D. Since joining OU Gibbs College of Architecture in 2010, Daniel has fulfilled various administrative roles; taught design studios, materials courses, and acoustic seminars; led research focused on architectural acoustics and data-driven design; and advised students on award-recognized projects.

Hans E. Butzer, AIA, LEED AP

Hans is the co-founder of BAU_Butzer Architects and Urbanism, which focuses on creating places of identity. He is responsible for architecture, urban design, and community planning. Hans earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas-Austin, and a Master of Architecture Post-professional degree from Harvard University. Among projects that he conceived with partner Torrey Butzer are the international competition-winning Oklahoma City National Memorial, the national competition-winning Oklahoma City Skydance Bridge, SLIVR, and Scissortail Park Cafe. His built works have received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Steel Construction, and Engineering Record News. He is the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. Hans also serves as the Dean of the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma. He has been twice recognized amongst the Top 30 Educators in the United States by Design Intelligence.

Torrey Butzer, Assoc AIA

Torrey is the co-founder of BAU_Butzer Architects and Urbanism, which focuses on creating places of identity. She is responsible for design, interior design, construction administration, and office management. Torrey earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas-Austin. Among projects that she conceived with partner Hans E. Butzer are the international competition-winning Oklahoma City National Memorial, the national competition-winning Oklahoma City Skydance Bridge, SLIVR, and Scissortail Park Cafe. Her built works have received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association, Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Steel Construction, and Engineering Record News, and were recently listed among the Top 50 Best Public Art Projects by Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts.

Torrey and Hans joined Chief Harvey Pratt to submit the competition-winning entry for the National Native American Veterans Memorial, and are responsible for its architecture, site architecture, and detailing.

Weston DeHart

Weston DeHart is Owner/President at CMSWillowbrook, Inc. and represents the fourth generation of construction professionals in his family. He has spent his entire life learning to lead his company and his industry. He is a hands-on principal who prides himself on being readily accessible to each member of every project team. His primary function is to assist with sustainable construction, value engineering, cost control, scheduling and project safety management. Weston is an experienced collaborator with a wealth of technical expertise. He sits on several construction industry boards and foundations, and stays abreast of current trends and innovations in all aspects of the way buildings are built.

L. Wayne Edgar

Wayne is a Professional Engineer, MBA, as well as an attorney. He spent almost 15 years as an engineer before becoming an attorney. His engineering experience includes environmental mitigation, transportation engineering, hydrology, and commercial/residential/industrial development. In law school he was Managing Editor of Law Review and his student case theory on water rights was heard in US Supreme Court and adopted as the law governing interstate water agreements. He was Sr. Counsel for Fortune 500 companies and a research university supporting architects, engineers, and scientists in multinational agreements and project delivery, classified operations and federal contacting compliance, ITAR/EAR Certified Export Controls Officer, FSO, data and personnel security, and Insider Threat Compliance. He is a trial lawyer with over 500 court appearances in complex litigation.

Karen Fairbanks, AIA, LEED AP

Karen Fairbanks is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks where she has focused on the design and planning for both public and private educational and cultural clients. She has extensive experience with current library design, and her work as a member and current Chair of the American Libraries Association Committee for Buildings for College and University Libraries includes panels and presentations on library design around the country. Karen is currently the Director for Educational Affairs for the New York Chapter of the AIA, and she previously served on the Scholarship Committee and as Co-Chair of the NYC AIA Design Awards Committee. She has been a juror for architecture awards panels across the country and lectures extensively on the work of the firm. Karen received her Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University where she was selected for the SOM Traveling Fellowship, a William Kinne Traveling Fellowship, and the AIA Medal. She received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Michigan and was honored by Michigan as the 2013 Distinguished Alumna of Taubman College of Architecture. Prior to forming Marble Fairbanks, she worked on award-winning educational and institutional projects at firms in New York City and Boston. Karen was included in the book The Architect: Women in Contemporary Architecture published by The Images Publishing Group. Karen is the Claire Tow Professor of Professional Practice and Chair of the Architecture Department at Barnard College. She teaches architecture design studios and courses on architecture and technology. Karen brings this extensive knowledge of institutional organizations and the specific needs of academic clients to the work of Marble Fairbanks.

Milton Hime, AIA 

Milton Hime creates spaces that enhance day-to-day life, tying together his sense of stewardship, community engagement, and service. In 2003 he founded Studio8 Architects, an established design firm of 45 employees with offices in Austin and San Antonio. Having collaborated with more than 25 non-profits on architectural projects, Milton has served on governance boards during high-profile capital campaigns for the People’s Community Clinic and the Central Texas Food Bank. In 2015, Studio8 became the first Texas company to receive a JUST Label from the International Living Future Institute, disclosing practices related to employee well-being, equity and diversity, operations. and community investments. AIA Austin awarded Milton the 2013 AIA Austin John Nyfeler Community Service Award, and in 2015, People’s Community Clinic honored him with the Neal Kocurek Healthcare Advocacy Award. Studio8’s projects have earned national recognition for excellence in design and construction, as well as contributions to health and wellness.

Eric Jacobson 

Eric is a senior executive for the largest steel fabricator and erector in the nation, W&W|AFCO Steel. He is responsible for national sales in the commercial building sector, management of key corporate accounts and overall corporate marketing. He is a seasoned professional with 30 plus years of experience in commercial and residential construction.

Deb Katz, AIA 
Deb Katz is Principal of ISA, and directs design and research projects across the ISA portfolio. She received her Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP and earned a BA in Mathematics and Visual Arts from Brown University. Deb was the recipient of the New York Society of Architects Matthew W. Del Gaudio Memorial Award at Columbia and was awarded a 2008 NY State Council on the Arts Independent Project Grant. Deb has taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University.

Brian Phillips, FAIA 

Brian Phillips, FAIA is Founding Principal of ISA, and serves as Creative Director across all aspects of the firm’s work. He earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and BS from the University of Oklahoma. He has lectured widely on urbanism, housing, and the work of ISA. Brian was awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and was named an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York in 2015. He is a Lecturer at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, and has taught visiting studios at the University of Miami and Parsons the New School for Design.

Alan Kirkpatrick. P.E.

Mr. Kirkpatrick is one of three principal owners of KFC Engineering and is a structural engineer with a passion for building design. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Kirkpatrick has designed a wide variety of steel, concrete, masonry and wood structures and he recognizes the importance of cooperative collaboration in the construction industry. Mr. Kirkpatrick daily oversees all phases of technical details related to structural work, including analysis, design, detailing and preparation of construction documents, submittal review, and structural inspections during construction. In addition, he passionately pursues the development and guidance of KFC Engineering’s long-term plans and strategic goals. Always an advocate for structural engineering, Mr. Kirkpatrick has served as president of the Central Oklahoma Structural Engineers Association (OSEA) and of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Concrete Institute. He currently serves on the SE Licensure Committee for the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations and the Structural Engineering Licensure Coalition. He knows just enough French to get him into trouble and loves to imagine he’s a better tennis player than he really is.

Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins launched Shield in 2014, bringing his unique blend of business and design experience to innovate the furniture industry. Since launching, Shield has garnered numerous international design awards, from Red Dot to IDA Gold Medals. An intensely creative leader with an eye for detail and an ear for communication, Stephen ran an award-winning product design studio and worked for several international architecture firms prior to starting Shield. His entrepreneurial spirit drives innovation for his company and, more importantly, his clients. Whether guiding his team or working with clients from MD Anderson to the Los Angeles Clippers, Stephen is an engaging and dynamic source of ideas and inspiration. Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and an architectural degree from the University of Kansas. He is AIA, NCARB, IDSA, and LEED AP BD+C accredited. His speaking experience includes the American Institute of Architects; the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators; the Association of Luxury Suite Directors; and the Sports Business Journal. His industry-leading thinking can also be found featured in Fast Company and Becker’s Hospital Review.

Zach Maggia, AIA 

Zach Maggia has partnered with Daniel Butko since 2017 and has worked on various phases of acoustical research and consulting. He is also a recently licensed Architect at TAP where he has worked on a wide variety of projects, an ASA Newman Medal recipient and an OKC Mine Fellow. 

Daniel Overbey, AIA, NCARB, LEED Fellow, LEED AP (BD+C, ID+C, O+M), WELL AP, EcoDistricts AP

Daniel Overbey is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Ball State University and the Director of Sustainability for Browning Day in Indianapolis. His work focuses on high- performance building design and construction, environmental systems research, green building certification services, energy/ life-cycle assessment modeling, and resilient design. Daniel has offered sustainable design leadership on a number of high-profile green building projects including the first certified zero net energy (ZNE) building in Indiana. Daniel is also a committed volunteer at the local, state, and national levels of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and U S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Lynda Ozan

Lynda Ozan is the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for Oklahoma. An Ohio native, she has degrees in both history and historic preservation; and brings over 25 years of preservation experience to the State of Oklahoma. Lynda’s research interests span architectural and cultural history and colonial America. She has conducted research in the area of westward expansion; settlement patterns; indentured servitude; and modern architectural styles. Her research contributes to the understanding of the relationships between people and place, as well as the character of different places. Currently she is working on a Cultural Landscape Study of the Threatt family property in Lincoln County along Route 66.

Harvey Pratt

Harvey Pratt, the designer whose concept was selected to create the Smithsonian’s National Native American Veterans Memorial for the National Museum of the American Indian, is a Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal member. He is a self-taught artist from El Reno, Oklahoma, and a forensic artist. Pratt works in oil, watercolor, metal, clay and wood. His works include themes of Native American history and tradition and the Cheyenne and Arapaho people. A Marine Corps veteran, Pratt served in Vietnam from 1962 to 1965 in the 3rd Recon and was stationed at Da Nang Air Base.  Pratt is the chairperson of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Pratt is an inductee to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, Oklahoma State Bureau Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador.  He is recognized by the Cheyenne People as an outstanding Southern Cheyenne, and he was inducted as a traditional Peace Chief—the Cheyenne Nation’s highest honor.

Mark Seibold, AIA

Mark is an architect, city planner and serial entrepreneur. With extensive experience in design and construction, Mark has worked in a variety of industries with a close relationship to the built environment. Mark received his BArch from Oklahoma State University in 2001.