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Oklahoma State University architecture team wins regional design competition

The teams had just 16 hours to develop their designs for a downtown Oklahoma City elementary school.
by Kathryn McNutt Published: December 1, 2013
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Architecture students had just 16 hours to design a downtown Oklahoma City elementary school.

It was grueling, said Sara Williams, a member of the Oklahoma State University team that won first place in the American Institute of Architects 2013 Central Region student design competition.

Yet it was fun at the same time, Williams said, because the four fifth-year architecture students on the team are friends outside the classroom.

The all-female team — or the Glam Squad as they are called in class — was composed of Williams, of Stillwater; Sarah Turner and Taylor Dearinger, of Tulsa; and Lauren Snow, of Flower Mound, Texas.

“It's been a male profession in the past,” said Randy Seitsinger, head of the OSU School of Architecture. But today one-third of OSU's architecture students are female, he said.

The American Institute of Architects region sponsored the student design competition during its annual fall conference in Oklahoma City. Students were given instructions at 8 a.m. and had to post their designs online by midnight.

“The time restraint made it very intense,” said Williams, but the team members were already working together on a class project. “We had a great dynamic going. It helped with the time restraint.”

“Students had to think quickly and think conceptually,” Seitsinger said.

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by Kathryn McNutt
Higher Education Reporter
Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from...
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