Current Position and Responsibilities: I am the president and principal in charge of Odle McGuire Shook (OMS) Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Design. I am directly responsible for the overall quality initiatives of the firm including design excellence, sustainable (green) design and technical delivery. I also play a key role in guiding the firm’s staff development, business diversification and collaborative communication process.
I currently serve as the chair of Arch PAC an Indiana based Architectural Political Action Committee which represents the State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Major project/achievement of the past year: My company’s work received three significant design awards: AIA Indiana 25 Year Award- Tyson Temple, Versailles, Ind; AIA Indiana New Construction Award- University High School, Carmel, Ind; and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful- Monumental Affair Honor Award for Interior Design- University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Student Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
Why did you choose architecture as your career: As a young child, I appreciated the beauty and the genius of architecture with the relationship it brings to form and function, and to the unspoken language it speaks to the people who work and live within these structures. Designing spaces that have a positive impact on people’s lives is my inspiration. Good design does not have to cost more and I believe good design makes a difference on how we work, play and live.
How did Butler prepare you for your career: Butler prepared me for my current executive role and equipped me with the tools necessary to lead the firm. It is a daily challenge to marry the “art of architecture” with the rapidly changing requirements of a modern day business. My Butler MBA taught me new skills and gave me the tools necessary to make strategic business decisions.
Most memorable experience(s) at Butler: I will always remember the team oriented working group assignments and presentations with/to my peers. These difficult but rewarding experiences led to both business contacts and important friendships. We worked hard and played hard and learned how to realize the best efforts from the individual in order to advance the team.
The day I graduated was also very special to me. It was a beautiful sunny spring day and my wife, my parents and family all attended the commencement ceremony in Hinkle Fieldhouse. I still get goose bumps when I enter Hinkle or walk the campus thinking about the many positive impacts of my Butler experience.