The American Institute of Architects

A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Thursday Speakers


Andrew Allman 

Andrew Allman worked for Lutron Electronics for 7 years encompassing roles for commercial project sales to national sales manager for window treatments. He currently works for Bell and McCoy managing Lutron specifications across their 11 offices.


Bob Blackburn

Bob Blackburn a native Oklahoman, served as executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society from 1999 until his retirement in February 2021. He joined the OHS in 1980 as editor of The Chronicles of Oklahoma and became deputy director for agency operations in 1990. Blackburn is a 1973 graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He earned his M.A. & Ph.D. in history from Oklahoma State University. Blackburn grew up in Edmond and graduated from Putnam City High School in 1969. Blackburn published several articles and his first book while still in graduate school and has since written or co-authored more than 20 books and numerous articles, journal entries, and screen plays. He is a steady source of historical information to the media and has appeared numerous times on The History Channel. He was instrumental in planning and building the Oklahoma History Center, a 215,000-square-foot museum and research center. Blackburn has served on numerous national and regional boards and committees, including the Western History Association, the Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians, the AIA, and Leadership Oklahoma City.

Jim Boulware, AIA

Jim is a passionate and dedicated architect in the Tulsa community. He is a Principal and Design Lead within KKT Architects, Inc. and is a leader internally and externally for Architectural Design. Jim focuses on his clients and developing a project that meets the functional and aesthetic needs of each individual project. Jim earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University and he has over sixteen years of experience.

Blaine Brownell, FAIA

Blaine Brownell is an architect, educator, and researcher of emergent materials and applications. A former Fulbright scholar to Japan, he has authored eight books on advanced and sustainable materials for architecture and design, including the Princeton Architectural Press titles Matter in the Floating WorldMaterial StrategiesHypernatural (co-authored with Marc Swackhamer), and the Transmaterial series. He has written the “Mind & Matter” column for Architect magazine since 2009, and his work has been published in more than 70 architecture, design, science, and news journals, including The New York TimesThe London TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and Nature. Brownell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Certificate in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture from Rice University. He was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows in February 2020. Brownell came to UNC Charlotte from the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, where he was a professor and interim head and served as director of graduate studies and interim director of the Master of Science in Architecture–Sustainable Design Program.

Kate Cofer, AIA

As Principal and Business Engagement Lead at KKT Architects, Kate oversees Design Strategy for a multitude of projects within the office. Her passion is for designing thoughtful interior environments that shape human experiences with a focus on workplace strategy, programming, space planning. She earned a Master of Real Estate Development from New York University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Oklahoma State University, and a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Stuart Coppedge, FAIA 

A 1984 OU graduate, Stuart Coppedge, FAIA, moved to Colorado in 1986 and earned his architecture license the following year. His professional accomplishments, including years of leadership and service at all levels of the AIA, were recognized in 2018 by his induction into the AIA College of Fellows. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors for OU’s Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. As a principal with Colorado Springs’ RTA Architects, Stuart led a broad range of projects, including transformational school design in the “tri-cultural” community of Ignacio, CO, the William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, new restrooms at iconic Garden of the Gods, the nation’s second most-visited city park, and the new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center. Stuart has hiked 38 of Colorado’s 14ers and considers leading the Pikes Peak work a once in a career challenge for a mountain loving architect. He recently moved his outdoor and professional focus to the Pittsburgh area to be near his wife’s family.

Ronald H. Frantz, AIA

Small towns. Old neighborhood business districts. Main Streets. Bungalows and brick buildings. Quirky road side attractions. Route 66. Highway 33. Highways 77….81…60…62….64…or any two-lane road. Classic cars. Diners and blue-plate specials. Local museums. Historic swimming holes. Landmarks. Courthouse squares. Antiques, pottery, recycled items, locally produced art. Front porches, outdoor eating areas, streets filled with people, sidewalks lined with merchandise. During the last 37 years, Ron Frantz, a licensed architect, worked in over 100 Oklahoma communities to save important—and maybe overlooked—community landmarks and everyday places. Currently he works at The University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. His roles include serving as an Associate Professor with the Division of Architecture; working as the Coordinator for the Environmental Design Undergraduate Program; and being the Director of Small Town Studios with the Institute for Quality Communities. Here, he works with staff, faculty, and students to provide design services for Oklahoma communities of all types and sizes while exposing students to all things great about Oklahoma.

Jocelyn Evans

Jocelyn Evans is a Professor of Political Science and the Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of West Florida.  She is the author of several books on American federal institutions, including: The Supreme Court's Democratic Spaces with Keith Gaddie; Congressional Communication in the Digital Age with Jessica Hayden; One Nation under Siege: Congress, Terrorism, and the Fate of American Democracy; and Women, Partisanship, and the Congress. She also is the coauthor of a popular introductory textbook on American politics in its 11th edition, Central Ideas in American Government with Soomo LearningHer current research focuses on the social meaning of civic spaces.  With a coeditor, she has assembled an interdisciplinary team of scholars for a special issue on Confederate memorials and public spaces of contested iconography to be published by Social Science Quarterly. She earned her doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

Joseph Evans, AIA

Hailing from Bartlesville, Oklahoma Joey was thrilled to join the Ambler|Architects practice in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower. Joey quickly set the standard for bringing quality design and Client care to rural Oklahoma. Within 5 years, Joey became the owner and president and continued to expand the firm’s reach. From healthcare and education to hospitality and industrial projects, this OSU-bred practice provides the services needed by the left-behind Clients in any community. Today, Joey and Ambler|Architects are bringing their unique brand of Consensus Building and Problem Solving to rural Clients in 7 states. 


Keith Gaddie, Assoc. AIA 

Keith Gåddie is Presidential Professor of Architecture and Journalism and Executive Faculty Fellow of the University of Oklahoma where he teaches Architecture of Democracy and use of spatial theory. His scholarship focuses on judicial architecture and the role of race in constructing meaning and affect in the public space. He has authored or coauthored over 20 books including Regulating Wetlands Protection (2000), University of Georgia Football (2008), Triumph of Voting Rights In the South (2009), Rise and Fall of the Voting Rights Act (2016), The U.S. Supreme Court’s Democratic Spaces (2021, with Jocelyn Evans), and the forthcoming Democracy’s Meaning: How the Public Understands Democracy and Why It Matters (with Nicholas T. Davis & Kirby Goidel). He also coedits the journal Social Science Quarterly. Keith took his doctorate from University of Georgia and previously taught at Tulane University and Centre College.

Elizabeth “Beth” Glasgow, AIA, NCARB 

After completing her interior design degree at Brooks College of Design in Long Beach, California, Beth worked as an interior designer with MVA Architects, where she focused on commercial tenant improvement projects. Challenged to advance in the field of design, she returned to school to complete her Bachelor of Architect at the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated at the top of her class in 2003. Beth spent six years with Miles Associates as an architectural intern and project coordinator where she gained valuable experience. In 2006, she relocated to southern Oklahoma to start her residential design company. In 2009, Beth became a Registered Architect and established Southern Design Group, LLC (now referred to as SDG Architects) in Ardmore, Oklahoma to return to her commercial design background. Beth has most recently opened a branch office of SDG Architects in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2015, Governor Mary Fallin appointed Beth to the Board of Governors of the Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Interior Designers of Oklahoma. As a member of this Board, as well as multiple NCARB national committees and task forces, Beth devotes time and effort to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. She also serves on the University of Oklahoma Division of Architecture’s Professional Advisory Board and as the Mayor of the City of Ardmore. In 2018, Beth was selected by AIA Oklahoma as the Young Professional Achievement Honor Award winner. Beth was also recently honored by the Journal Record as an Achiever Under 40 and a Beacon Award Finalist.

Angela M. Lee, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP 

As regional managing director of HKS Asia Pacific, Angela Lee brings 27 years of architecture and medical planning experience for over 1.4 million square meters of healthcare projects worldwide. She has been honored and recognized by international institutes and publications such as AIA, Modern Healthcare, Health Facilities Management and Medical Construction and Design. Angela believes that successful design is the result of the harmonious relationship and balance between patient and user experience, form and function, budget and schedule, sustainability and sound business principles.

Ashley Terry 

Ashley Terry serves as the Vice President of Development for Wheeler District. As Vice President, she oversees the strategic operations of development across the district. In addition, Ashley serves as Chair for the Oklahoma District Council of the Urban Land Institute, as a board member for Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma, as board member for Calle dos Cinco in Historic Capitol Hill, as a board member for Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture, and as a board member for Independent Retail Community Initiatives. She has a BA in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration from the same university. Through both professional and grassroots engagement, Ashley works to initiate change in Oklahoma City by organizing local efforts to focus on the development of livable communities and approachable public space.

Trait Thompson

Trait Thompson is the executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Selected in 2020 by the OHS Board of Directors, Trait is focused on reaching a broader cross section of citizens with Oklahoma’s unique and fascinating history, modernizing the agency’s digital presence, and enhancing the visitor experience at all 26 museums and historic sites under the care of OHS. He is also the co-host of OHS’s podcast on Oklahoma history, A Very Oklahoma Podcast, with his predecessor, Dr. Bob Blackburn. Prior to his work at OHS, Trait spent six years managing the $280 million comprehensive restoration of the Oklahoma State Capitol for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. Trait managed the contractors, oversaw the project budget, coordinated the logistics of working in an occupied Capitol, handled all media and social media responsibilities, in addition to many other duties for the long-term project. It is scheduled for completion ahead of schedule and on budget in 2022. From 2010-2014, Trait served as policy advisor to President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman in the Oklahoma Senate. Previously, he worked in the telecom and business consulting fields. Trait has also been an adjunct professor at three universities in Oklahoma, most recently teaching Tracking Legislation and Issue Advocacy classes at the University of Oklahoma. Trait has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Oral Roberts University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Texas A&M University. He lives in Edmond with his wife, Sara, and their two children.

Francis Wilmore, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

As Director of Design at KKT Architects, Francis pairs theoretical visioning charrettes with client-focused project design to help develop a culture of forward-thinking solutions within the office. His passion for pushing design boundaries and finding synergetic relationships within project constraints leads to the design of non-traditional spaces that create new opportunities living, learning, working, and playing. He has been honored with numerous awards for both his design work and service within the profession, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Master of Architecture program along with having his B.S. in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University.

Richard Winterrowd, AIA 

Richard co-founded Winterrowd Talley Architects' predecessor firm Lewis Associates Architects in 1994 with the vision of bringing great architectural design, interior design and client satisfaction to his hometown of Ponca City.  Richard has over 30 years of experience in every phase of architectural design and construction and it which shows in the details of every project. Richard graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington and after a few years of working for HKS in Dallas, Richard and his young family moved back to his Ponca City.   Richard and his firm have been involved in all types of projects:  school, commercial, retail, office, refinery, and residential.  The latest “hot” projects are luxury cabins in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.  Projects have been located in Oklahoma and Kansas.