The American Institute of Architects

A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

Thursday Speakers


National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Before joining NCARB as the Outreach Manager for Experience + Education, Emily worked in the architecture and engineering industry for 17 years at various firms in Florida. She has worked closely with structural engineers for much of her career and is an advocate of holistic design. Emily is passionate about helping students and licensure candidates complete the path to obtain that coveted title of “architect.”

Emily received her BA in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and M. Arch from University of Florida’s Graduate School of Architecture City-Lab Orlando. She was awarded the Research of Societal Significance Prize for her thesis work on trauma informed design for survivors of human trafficking. She is a registered architect in Florida, is an active volunteer with the Orlando chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity.

Chris Baribeau, AIA

modus studio

Chris Baribeau, AIA is the Principal Architect and co-founder of modus studio, a progressive and mutable design collective. The firm is based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and has contributed a broad range of influential, sustainable, and award-winning place-making projects to the built realm since its inception in 2008.

Together with companion fabrication lab, modus shop, the firm bridges the profession with architectural, graphic, prototyping, and fabrication work. Craft in the hand of design and making is at the core of their design vocabulary, used to create architectures founded in a think, make, do process.

As the leader of the firm, Chris draws daily inspiration and experience from his place, the threshold between the natural and man-made world of the Ozarks. He is an advocate of conscious observation as inspiration for design and views the world around him as an unwritten instruction manual for living.

He follows an idea; the idea that architecture can be sourced from the simple, everyday experiences of life. He believes the architecture that results from these experiences can be inspiring to all people in a personal, practical, and sustainable way. People deserve good space and good buildings, derived from good ideas.

Dana Birkes, APR, CPSM, FSMPS, Fellow, PRSA

SGA Design Group, P.C. 

Dana believes the client comes first and this is a mindset she applies in her role as Chief Marketing Officer for SGA Design Group and its affiliated solution partner firms. As Chief Marketing Officer Dana works with firm owners to achieve their business development, marketing, and public relations objectives. She has worked for more than 35 years in this same capacity for other multi-office, architecture, engineering, and construction firms including RTKL Associates, BSW International, Flintco and Crossland Construction.  Dana is active in the Society of Marketing Professionals (SMPS) currently serving as board advisor for the chapter and is past national president of both SMPS and its foundation. Dana was a subject matter expert for SMPS’s Markendium, a six-book series documenting the best practices for marketing and business development professionals in the built environment. She is a member of both the SMPS and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) College of Fellows.  She has served on the national boards of Associated General Contractors and Association of Builders and Contractors Service Corporation and for many years as a juror for the Engineering News Record Design Excellence program. She is a certified professional services marketer and is accredited in public relations, Dana has been recognized nationally as one of the top five private companies CMOs, is a recipient of the national SMPS Weld Coxe Award Marketing Achievement Award, PRSA’s Tulsa Professional of the Year, and The Journal Record Top 50 Women of the Year. She received her master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

Andrew Brister, AIA

GreenLight 360

Andrew Brister received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Oklahoma State University in 2000. Andrew’s specialty are architectural surveys and digitization of buildings and exporting that scan data into AutoCAD and Revit. He currently serves as Director of Operations of GreenLight 360, a firm comprised of five professionals that offers architecture and 3-D site and building scans to building owners and architects throughout the nation including many developers, corporate and educational clients as well as design and construction firms. GreenLight 360 completes hundreds of customized building scans annually and the firm’s client list includes Wal-Mart, Casey’s, Burlington, Aldi, Oklahoma State University, Blackwell Public Schools, Cyntergy, Method Group, McIntosh Group, Renaissance Architecture and Flintco among others.


Selser Schaefer Architects

Stephen is a Project Architect at Selser Schaefer Architects, an award-winning firm in Tulsa, OK, whose practice is focused on people. Great design is nothing without people to experience it, interact with it and connect with each other because of it. 

An architect with 10 years of experience, Stephen has a Masters of Architecture degree from Yale University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture degree from The Ohio State University.  Outside of Selser Schaefer Architects, he has worked on projects all over the world including supertall towers, world expos, and museums.

Morgan Jones, AIA, NCARB, MBA

The STEAM Engine, Inc.

As a licensed architect and now nonprofit founder, Morgan Jones, is a consummate Project Manager, Design-Thinker, and Strategic Consultant turned Social Entrepreneur. She has spent her professional career developing formal and informal coalitions and task forces to address workplace and community problems—driving social and structural change. In her commitment to ushering in the next generation of architectural talent, she has served as the Statewide AXP Coordinator since 2018. She acts as a liaison between recent graduates and others pursuing licensure to the local and state chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the NAAB-accredited Architecture programs at Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). She contributes to conversations at the local, state, and national level about the value and barriers to professional licensure—keeping an eye on trends in architectural practice and educational preparation.

Rob Kinchler, PE

Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institut

Rob is the Greater Southwestern Regional Manager at the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute.  He worked for 15 years as a design engineer designing powerplants, paper mills, and  other industrial facilities.  The past 17 years he has been promoting either structural steel with AISC or reinforced concrete with CRSI. Rob promotes the benefits of concrete to architects and is well versed on Architectural Concrete, Sustainable Concrete, and Crack Control in Concrete.

Josh Kunkel, AIA

Method Group

Josh specializes in ecosystem planning/development, infill development, historic preservation, and medical/healthcare. Josh has an inter-disciplinary background in architecture, planning and construction, which gives him a keen eye to both detail and context when making decisions impacting design, environment, and user experience. In addition to his extensive project management experience, he is a strong advocate for community-conscious design.He is a regular podcast guest, featured on EntreArchitect, The Placemaking Podcast, and Young Architect, discussing multiple topics ranging from incremental infill development to the future of the Architecture industry.

Josh is a licensed Architect in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, and Texas, and holds an NCARB certification. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four sons, traveling, attending concerts, making dad jokes, eating tacos, and listening to John Mayer.

Lori Malone


Lori Malone is CEO of Category5, a marketing-strategy and brand-design firm that specializes in serving the AEC market. She founded the company more than 20 years ago. Category5 focuses on solving business problems while illuminating opportunities that align with clients’ strategic and financial goals.A champion of green building, Malone earned a LEED GA. She has served as a board member for both the US Green Building Council of Oklahoma and the Hardesty Fab Lab. She has been published in “Metal Architecture” magazine, was a speaker at MetalCon, and is a contributing author.

Christina McCoy

Oklahoma State University

Christina McCoy is a licensed Structural Engineer and Architect. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Architectural Engineering and a Bachelor in Architecture from Oklahoma State University. She holds a Masters of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati and Masters of Civil Engineering (Structural Emphasis) from the University of Kansas. She worked in the structural engineering profession for 10 years before joining the Architectural Engineering faculty at Oklahoma State University School of Architecture, where she teaches steel design, concrete design, structural loads, and history of structures in architecture. Her professional work includes buildings on the Hudson Yards site in New York City, New York and several NFL stadiums. Christina is interested in the intersections of architecture and engineering, both from historical and technical points of view.

Piyush Patel

Author of the best-selling book: Lead Your Tribe, Love Your Work.

As an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience, Piyush Patel became an innovator in corporate culture

as he grew his company, Digital-Tutors, into a leader throughout the world of online training. He has had a chance to impact over 1.5 million professionals all over the world, and has worked with industry leaders including Pixar, Apple, Ford and NASA, to name a few. He is the founder of Dream Big coaching and best selling author of Lead Your Tribe, Love Your Work.

After selling Digital-Tutors, Piyush knew he needed a firm that could help his family transition from being business owners to managing a family office. When he couldn’t find a firm that fit the bill, he helped found Full Sail Capital, a Registered Investment Advisory firm offering family office services that now manages more than $1.5 billion for wealthy families.

When he’s not mentoring and coaching executives and entrepreneurs, you can find him cooking something delicious in the kitchen with his son Nick or planning a new adventure with his wife, Lisa. For now, Piyush’s current business journey takes him to wine country in California where he and Lisa are proud owners of Conclusion Wines in Napa. His hope is to leave a positive, lasting mark on those who cross his path.

Keith Peiffer, AIA, LEED AP

OSU School of Architecture

Keith Peiffer is an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University and a registered architect with an MS Arch in Design Research from the University of Michigan. Prior to his current academic appointment, Keith was a practicing architect in Baltimore for over 10 years, contributing to award-winning projects with a diverse range of scales, construction types, materials, and programs. His current research is focused on the relational structure around contemporary design elements and materials, with a particular emphasis on turning a critical eye to those elements that we take for granted.

David Powell, FAIA


David M. Powell, FAIA, has been creating nationally recognized, award-winning architecture since 1991. As a former musician, Dave’s work shares vocabularies across art forms—drawing from a perspective of sincere storytelling inspired by the legendary songwriters and music producers of his

home city of Nashville, Tennessee. As a Principal at HASTINGS, Dave’s diverse body of work has garnered many accolades, including over fifty AIA design awards, and has been recognized by ARCHITECT Magazine, Architectural Record, The Chicago Athenaeum, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Urban Land Institute.

In 2016, Dave was elevated to the American Institute of Architect’s prestigious College of Fellows for his design excellence, leadership, and positive contributions to architecture and society. He has served on a variety of boards and committees for non-profit organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, Thistle Farms, Restore Ministries, and Nashville Repertory Theatre, and as President of the Board of Directors for AIA Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Civic Design Center.

Misty Thurman, CPSM, FSMPS, CF APMP

Elevate Marketing Advisors

Misty specializes in brand and reputation management as well as business development and client engagement strategy. She is a creative and effective project leader whose experience includes B2B and B2C firms. She is passionate about combining technical skills with strategic planning to productively communicate information and successfully execute marketing and business development goals. Misty has a tenacity for establishing and leading teams to success. Misty has experience in all corners of the AEC industry. She has worked for a construction firm, a large mechanical and electrical subcontractor, and, most recently for an architectural and engineering firm. The breadth of experience gives her insight in all facets of the AEC world. Misty earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in advertising from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. She has served in many roles at the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), both locally and nationally. She earned her Certified Professional Services Marketer certification in 2005 and was named a Fellow of the Society in 2019. She co-founded CPSM Boot Camp for the Oklahoma chapter. Misty is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.