This past weekend we packed our bags and headed north on I-35 to a little college town called Stillwater. Since graduating from Oklahoma State I’ve visited often to see friends and to enjoy catching up but I’ve never made time to tour the newest jewel on campus: the Donald W. Reynolds School of Architecture.
I remember working in studio before the renovations, and fitting the entire school into what is now 1/3 of the space. I remember the LONG nights and the camaraderie. With new additions like additional pin up and crit space (places for your work to be evaluated by fellow students and professors) to a wood shop and gallery the new building gives students all they need to succeed. One of my favorite elements is the attitude that the building itself is a teaching tool, artfully exposed systems like HVAC, Electrical, Fire Suppression, and Structure give students a real life example of how a building needs to work, what it requires and how to coordinate it all. Another wonderful detail is the attention to the historical aspects of the original building (my old studio). It was originally the armory and then a gym, and finally a school of architecture. All of this history was respected and brought to life, from images showing the original use, to the cleaning and exposure of the armory insignia and crest on the west end of the original building.
It was truly a pleasure to tour and I enjoyed the memories and regaled Meg with nastalgec stories from my “ole” college days.
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