The American Institute of Architects

A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Friday Speakers

David Boeck, AIA

Gibbs College of Architecture University of Oklahoma


David L. Boeck received a BSED, a BARCH, and a MARCH from the University of Oklahoma. He is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma focusing on integrating Universal Design Principles into all projects, along with the concepts of sustainability. His research has focused on the development of multidisciplinary tools for evaluating communities in terms of their age-friendliness. This presentation comes out of service-learning projects he participated in with other faculty faculty and students from the Gibbs College of Architecture, providing design service to an education-based organization in Lusaka, Zambia.


He maintains an architectural practice focusing on developing sustainable and age-friendly environments. He is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and is currently working with local non-profits help support age-friendliness in the community. He is also working with developers to integrate age-friendly design details into neighborhood as well as housing design.


Mimi Hoang, AIA

nARCHITECTS


Mimi co-founded nARCHITECTS with Eric Bunge with a belief in architecture as an agent of positive change, responding to and connecting people with the environment in unexpected ways. Responding to social and environmental change while fostering civic engagement guides their work. nARCHITECTS’ honors include an American Academy of Arts and Letters in Architecture Award, the AIA New York State Firm of the Year Award, an AIA National Institute Honor Award and The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices. Born in the tropics of Vietnam, Mimi brings a global outlook and an obsession with greenery to the firm’s design culture. She teaches graduate design studios as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She received her Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and her Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from M.I.T.


 
Carrie Johnson, P.E.
Wallace Design Collective

Carrie Johnson, P.E. serves as Chairman of the Board of Wallace Design Collective, PC, a national structural, civil, landscape and surveying firm headquartered in Tulsa with offices in Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Denver, Atlanta and Nashville. Carrie received her Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University and is a licensed engineer in 43 states. Carrie’s project work is concentrated in the retail industry where she has been instrumental in the development of multi-sited building prototypes, including numerous studies on incorporating green aspects into the construction.


Christopher Le

Mead & Hunt


Christopher Le graduated with his Masters of Architecture from OU and currently works as an Airport Designer and Aviation Planner in Dallas, TX. His graduate research—including his contribution to this project--garnered 5 research awards and was presented to the US State Department in 2017. He has continued his work in Africa, now stretching from Zambia to Uganda. He leads the DEI initiatives at Mead & Hunt, where he creates programs to increase diversity and equitability including increasing representation among leadership and management. Currently he is co-chair of the AIA Dallas Emerging Leaders Class, which helps identify and prepare the next generation of architectural leaders and encourages community engagement.

Chris Lilly, AIA

Lilly Architects


Chris Lilly is a principal and owner of Lilly Architects, where he leads a creative team providing architecture, design, and interior design services. His team’s portfolio includes museum, residential, historic preservation, multi-family, workplace, and hospitality projects.


Kimberly Limbaugh, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP+
SGA Design Group

Kim Limbaugh is an Associate with SGA Design Group. Kim joined SGA in 2006, is their Director of Sustainability, and has over 28 years of experience in Commercial Construction & Real Estate. Kim coordinates all sustainability endeavors for all major client teams and facilitates the implementation of SGA's strategic planning goals related to sustainability. She assists SGA's clients with their sustainability programs by utilizing knowledge she's gained through her experience with the LEED and Green Globes rating systems, ICC International Green Construction Code, and California Green Building Standards Code. She's a LEED AP with BD+C and ID+C specialties, a Green Globes Professional, ASSE Certified for Rainwater Catchment Systems design and installation, and a Construction Specifications Institute Construction Documents Technologist. Kim is currently serving the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Oklahoma Community as Outgoing-Chair of their Market Leadership Advisory Board and is an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects.


Eric Miller, AIA, LEED AP
SGA Design Group

Eric Miller has over 38 years of experience in architecture and construction administration. Eric graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1982 and has been with SGA since 2004. He is an active member of AIA, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and is a licensed architect in several states. Eric is certified from Cal-OES as a first responder and is the AIA Oklahoma Disaster State Coordinator. Over his career, Eric has worked on all sizes and types of projects – from horse barns to high rises. He brings his diverse knowledge base and advanced technical skills to each project. Eric is passionate about how buildings go together and the things that rip them apart.

Jack Morgan, AIA

AFFS


In his teens Jack gave up on his dream careers of either traveling to Mars or competing in Formula One as a driver for Ferrari and settled into the idea of being an Architect. As a life-long Oklahoman, Jack worked in OKC for several years before saying, “…and now for something completely different” and transitioned to a new role of “owner-representative/architect” as Architect at Vance Air Force Base in Enid. There his passion for creativity found a new outlet in designing public art, from crosswalks to a mini-mural and more. He has the best winning percentage in the State of Oklahoma for winning public art competitions, going 2 for 2. His passion for community as a Citizen Architect and his years of experience leading the AIA at the local, state, and National level combine to position him as a thought leader on raising the public’s awareness of architects.



Ivan O'Garro, AIA
SmithGroup

Ivan is an architect with 15 years of experience mainly focused on designing cultural and civic projects. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Ivan is a passionate world traveler who seeks to leverage his ability to connect with all people to inform his design process. He strives to create spaces that elevate the human experience and are inclusive of all communities. His experience includes Gilcrease Museum, Museum of the Bible, “Make It Right” House for Hurricane Katrina recovery in New Orleans and the expansion of orphanage facilities in Haiti through his non-profit SamanHaus.


Jamie Rains

Gallagher & Associates


Jamie’s background includes experience in architecture, advertising, environmental graphic design, and exhibition design. He brings over 20 years of experience in museums and 10 years of experience in architecture to his role as Exhibit Design Director for G&A. Throughout, he has worked across a diverse mix of programs, styles, and scales: he believes the best part of his role is the creation of a physical, emotional, and intellectual storytelling experience. Jamie has been the lead designer on many of G&A's highest-profile projects involving highly specialized collections and artifacts such as our Smithsonian projects, as well as our international projects in Shanghai and Israel. Recent projects include the just-opened Kansas City Museum and ANU Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot Tel Aviv. 


In Oklahoma, Jamie’s projects include Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and the Gilcrease Museum of Art. Working closely with the Gilcrease team, G&A is revisioning the visitor experience to evoke profound conversations and spiritual experiences in quiet spaces while simultaneously offering a lively platform for connectivity. G&A is also collaborating with the Gilcrease team to organize stakeholder engagement sessions with internal staff and members of the public.

Natalie Rapp

Enid Main Street


Born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma, Natalie is currently the Executive Director of her local Main Street Program, Main Street Enid. From an early age, she was taught the importance of community involvement and investing in the place she calls home. With a degree in Mass Communications, Natalie took on the role as the Events and Communications Coordinator for Main Street Enid in 2018. By 2019, she became Executive Director and in the same year, she received the Enid Young Professionals Top Ten Under 40 award for excelling in multiple areas, including professional and community aspects. At 28 years old, Natalie has taken the lead on many projects to help better her community and has had the opportunity to speak on these projects at a local and national level. Most notably, the National Main Street Conference for the Lessons Learned in Livability session.



Dwayne Robinett, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP+

HFG Architecture 


Most everyone has at some point in their life has lived through a difficult medical situation, either personally or with a family member. During these times of intense stress, the built environment can play a critical role in that experience. Dwayne Robinett, a native Oklahoman, has spent his career focusing on providing medical architecture. He has a deep and sincere passion for medical architecture, understanding that having the right spaces in the best configurations allow families and providers to focus on the care needed to heal.


Serving as Vice President and Principal at HFG Architecture, Dwayne demonstrates thought leadership that serve patient and client needs by applying effective processes, and most importantly achieving goals as a cohesive team. His professional experience includes work on over 300 healthcare projects with extensive experience across a multitude of project types. He has spoken at several conferences dedicated to healthcare, including multiple sessions of the Oklahoma Association of Healthcare Engineers conference, and helped guide healthcare providers through the adoption process for the Facilities Guideline Institute (FGI) in both 2014 and again in 2018. Additionally, Dwayne served on the committee for the statewide Process Improvement Team to help usher in the era of FGI in the State of Oklahoma. Dwayne, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, is a licensed architect in the State of Oklahoma and Missouri, a long-standing AIA member, and a LEED Accredited professional.


Tom Waggoner, AIA

T Waggoner Design + Consulting


Tom Waggoner, AIA is a 1982 graduate of the College of Architecture & Design at Kansas State University. In 1988 after 6 years practicing general architecture at several Kansas City-based firms, he launched his career working in the sports facility design industry at newly established Ellerbe Becket Kansas City. Following three years working on the renovation of New York’s Madison Square Garden, he and other architects began designing an expansion and renovation to famed Notre Dame Stadium. From 1991 to 2022 his sole focus has been the planning and design of collegiate sports facilities- football stadiums, basketball arenas and athletic training/rehabilitation/academic centers. He was co-founder of Bredar Waggoner Architects in 2000, and soon thereafter joined CDFM2. In 2004 he and others founded 360 Architecture. Following 10 successful years he assisted in 360’s acquisition by HOK. In 2020 he transitioned into a consulting role and established T Waggoner Design + Consulting.

 

Waggoner has served on the Architecture Planning and Design (ADP) Deans Advisory Council at his alma mater. He has also served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees for the Kansas City Zoo, Starlight Theatre and The Greater Kansas City Sports Commission. In addition, he was a founding member of KC Global Design- a civic organization that focuses on promoting 3 primary areas of the built environment- awareness, talent and innovation.

He has lectured on the subject of collegiate athletic facility design at annual workshops and conferences held by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and Women Leaders in College Sports. He continues to make presentations on the history of sports architecture and its ties to Kansas City. In early 2021 he published Designed in Kansas City- How Kansas City Became the Sports Architecture Capital of the World- a book he spent 5 years researching and writing.

Jason Wollum, P.E., LEED AP BD+C
Henderson Engineers

Jason Wollum is the embodiment of Henderson Engineers’ purpose statement: to create environments where people can reach their full potential. When he first started at Henderson Engineers in 1997, Jason was entrenched in the day-to-day designs of a variety of projects, as well as forensic engineering investigations. Through the years, Jason has grown into one of our top leaders. He’s now our Chief Sector Officer and oversees the execution of Henderson’s strategic initiatives within its key market sectors including Business, Community, Health, Retail, and Venue. Mentoring and fostering leadership within our sectors, as well as a heart to give back, is a big part of what drives Jason. He enjoys seeing people succeed, whether that’s excelling on a complex project, advancing in their careers, or reaching a lifelong goal. It’s the care he shows people and his strong communication with clients that make Jason such an integral part of any team.


Thomas Wright

DIRTT


Since 2004, DIRTT has grown to become a global leader in industrialized construction for interior spaces. We work with some of the most innovative clients, design teams, and construction professionals across the globe to translate unique visions into compelling spaces that can be efficiently made-to-order and delivered just in time. Thomas Wright is DIRTT’s Regional Territory Manager and works closely with design and construction teams to leverage technology and manufacturing efficiencies in the creation of nimble educational spaces, sustainable workplaces and state-of-the-art healthcare environments.


Jay Yowell, AIA

Oklahoma State University


In professional practice and academic teaching Jay has been focused on sustainability. He was the founder of the Sustainable Design Task Force at RTKL, the AIA COC Committee of the Environment and the Oklahoma Sustainability Network. His Master’s degree research was on Biomimetic Building Skins. Jay taught as an adjunct instructor for thirteen years at OU and has been a full-time instructor at OSU for three years. He was recently awarded a HAD grant to conduct research on testing mycelium masonry. Honors such as the Green Award for Sustainability and the RTKL Kagan Fellowship have been a result of his sustainability work. In the summer of 2016, Jay spent a month in Italy as a NAHR resident studying biomimicry and local architecture. Dozens of professional presentations (including National AIA, NeoCon, and EnvironDesign) around the U.S. has allowed him to share this passion.