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How Our Design Firm Does Halloween

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October 31st is a big day at KSQ–as designers, we love any opportunity for creativity! From popular TV shows to puns and horror flicks, our architects, interior designers, engineers and support staff brought their best effort for our annual costume contest. Here’s how it all shook out.

Scariest Costume.

Sailka Duran, (Sinister) Tulsa…this needs to just become the “Sai Award.” She brings immense creativity and thought to her costumer every year!

Sailka Duran, (Sinister) Tulsa…this needs to just become the “Sai Award.” She brings immense creativity and thought to her costume every year!

Funniest Costume.

George Pritchard (S-ketchup) Tulsa. Adding an "S" to American's favorite condiment was a great pun!

George Pritchard (S-ketchup) Tulsa. Adding an “S” to America’s favorite condiment was a great pun!



Most Creative–AND Best All Around Costume.

Daniel Gonzales wowed everyone with what they called the "Fuzzy Space Worm”…but he has a much more intelligent explanation of it as a character from Meow Wolf shown in a Santa Fe art exhibit-wow! Daniel is pictured with Cornell Allen as Corbusier.

Daniel Gonzales wowed everyone with what they called the “Fuzzy Space Worm”…but he has a much more intelligent explanation of it as a character from Meow Wolf shown in a Santa Fe art exhibit-wow! Daniel is pictured with Cornell Allen as Corbusier.



Best Couple Costume.

Tyler Sappington and his T-Rex (from Jurasic Park), Tulsa. Can you tell who wears the pants in this relationship?

Tyler Sappington and his T-Rex (from Jurasic Park), Tulsa. Can you tell who wears the pants in this relationship?



Best Group Costume.

Our Charleston Office (as Hurricane Matthew) wowed the staff with their funny weather collaboration!

Our Charleston Office (as Hurricane Matthew) wowed the staff with their funny weather collaboration!

Best Office Costume.

Once again, the Charlotte office went over the top with a group production of "The Prince of Oz." What an effort!

Once again, the Charlotte office went over the top with a group production of “The Prince of Oz.” What an effort!

Fun with Puns.

Starbucks, Social Butterfly, Copy Cat, Sketchup and Cereal Killer brought some great puns to the Tulsa office.

Starbucks, Social Butterfly, Copy Cat, Sketchup and Cereal Killer brought some great puns to the Tulsa office.

Bob’s Burgers.

A very close second to Best Group Costume was Tulsa’s Bob’s Burger crew which included Erin Courtney, Lori Botchlet, Nancy Pounds and Kaitlin Voska.

A very close second to Best Group Costume was Tulsa’s Bob’s Burger crew which included Erin Courtney, Lori Botchlet, Nancy Pounds and Kaitlin Voska.



Talk of Texas.

Dr. Seuss (Marisela), Construction Troll (Armando) and Jack Skellington were fun additions to the day from our Dallas office.

Dr. Seuss (Marisela), Monster Contractor (Armando) and Jack Skellington (Gordon McKenzie) were fun additions to the day from our Dallas office.

Napoleon Dynamite Flashback.

A very close second on Best All Around costume was Clint Frederick in Tulsa as Rex Kwon Do!

A very close second on Best All Around costume was Clint Frederick in Tulsa as Rex Kwon Do!

See you next year!
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IT’S A STEM SUMMER IN KSQ OFFICES

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K12 outreach is a passion at KSQ Design and recognized as a direct way for us to give back to our communities and get to know our clients and end users better. We consider it a bonus when there’s a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) angle, since supporting STEM efforts also supports our industry and protects its future. We were lucky enough to have a chance to support STEM education recently when we hosted educators in our Charlotte office and students in our Tulsa office.

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Student Housing Interior Design Brings Nature Indoors

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Adriana Vadasz joined KSQ’s interior design team in 2012 and was the 2015 recipient of KSQ’s Tulsa office “KSQ’est” (similar to MVP of the year). In addition to her interior design work she has also provided landscape design concepts to KSQ clients as added value. KSQ Associate Jon Pontious, Assoc. AIA, recently sat down with Adriana to ask her about combining her studies in interiors and landscape, and how she’s applied this knowledge to KSQ projects. Jon and Adriana have worked on projects together since college when they were both employed by Oklahoma State University’s Long Range Facilities Planning, and since joining KSQ they’ve worked on numerous student housing projects together. 

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Biomimicry: Design Solutions Inspired by Nature

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Nature offers the best design with work typically unseen or noticed on a daily basis. Despite all of the differences between organisms and the complexity of ecosystems, in nature every factor is planned and executed in perfection with all resources maximized. In the human world, we are constantly trying to solve problems in all fields, such as medicine, engineering, psychology, and, of course, architectural and interior design. Our solutions, though, are not always clear or the most efficient. But what would happen if we looked to nature as our inspiration to more sustainable and efficient problem solving?

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Energy Systems and End Users: An Architect’s 30-Year Journey

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We recently installed a solar hot-air collection system at West Patent Elementary, part of the Bedford Central School District, in suburban New York. For this project all the elements for renewable energy came together: a good building sited properly for solar collection, an enlightened Owner willing to invest, and a product able to perform. For me, installation of the solar wall represents the realization of ideas of sustainability more than 30 years in the making.

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Why Design Matters at KSQ.

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Every so often you get an opportunity to re-examine your work from a new perspective. In the last couple of years, that’s exactly what we’ve done at KSQ.

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5 Tips of Advice: My Summer Internship at KSQ

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by Julie Bryan, Oklahoma University

When I first got the email that I was offered an internship with KSQ, I was sitting in class. I was so excited, I actually had to step out to control my silent screams (and to jump around a bit)! I had done my research on the firm and after meeting them at the OU College of Architecture job fair, I knew this was a place I wanted to continue my design education. I was a little intimidated by their success and the size of some of their projects but after my interview I was sold and I wanted everything they could teach me.

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Why WELL? Going Beyond Design to Total Health

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Over the past few decades professionals involved in the planning and construction of buildings have grown increasingly concerned about the impact of the built environment over the planet and humankind. Third-party building certification systems such as LEED, Green Globes, and Energy Star have been developed to evaluate and rate the performance of projects while also serving as a sustainability guide during design and construction. Recently The WELL Building Standard was created and launched as another certification system, but WELL certification focuses specifically on human health and well-being and evaluates the impact of the built environment on people’s mental and physical health.

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Throwback: KSQ Designs for the Fashion Big Top

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Fashion and interior design are two industries starting to collide and collaborate more, with fashion designers (like Zac Posen) embarking on interior design projects and interior designers (like Philippe Starck) trying their hand at fashion design. Such was the case when members of KSQ’s interior design team participated in the IIDA TX OK’s 2015 Color & Couture Fashion Show. Join us for a Throwback Thursday look at KSQ’s part in “The Big Show.”

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Career fair bound? Six tips from a recent grad.

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Two years ago, I attended the architecture and interior design career fair at Oklahoma State as a student with big ideas about the kind of firm I would land at upon graduation. It was a snowy and cold Tuesday and I braved an icy walk in heels to the Architecture Building. With my own business cards and resume in hand, I walked in on a mission to find a summer internship with a great firm. Not only did I land the internship, the position led to a job offer that started right after graduation. Here’s what I know now.

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Meet the Professor: Working with former students is fun.

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It’s not every day a professor leaves the classroom to join an office of former students, but that’s exactly the case with Rick Bartholomew, a long-time interior design guru at Oklahoma State University who recently left campus to join the interiors team at KSQ. We wanted to know what makes him tick, what inspired him to pursue this career and how he’s liking this new chapter. Being the nice guy that he is, he gave us some answers.

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Burning at both ends: the working and grad school combo

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*Editor’s Note: Most of us already know that architecture school is an endurance challenge–more exam hours than medical students, lack of sleep, studio, etc.–but education in the profession so often continues beyond the Bachelors degree. Many people in the field juggle a full-time professional workload, family and personal demands, and continuing education. At KSQ we have numerous staff members who are dealing with this reality, so we thought we’d highlight some of their stories. Follow along and see why architecture is a profession that requires passion…and a lot of coffee.

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KSQ purchases historic building in downtown Tulsa

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KSQ has purchased the Gates Hardware building in downtown Tulsa. The historic building (built in 1925) will be restored with the second story designated for KSQ’s Oklahoma staff, and the first floor for McNellie’s Group and Marshall Brewing Company’s sports concept brewpub.

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KSQ News: New Associates and Senior Associates

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KSQ is pleased to announce the recent promotion of the following senior associates and new associates.

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KSQ Tulsa brings premier architect to the big screen

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KSQ’s Tulsa office is sponsoring a week-long run of “How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?” –a film about renowned architect Norman Foster. The film debuts on Friday, December 5th, at Circle Cinema and KSQ staff will introduce the film during its opening weekend.

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KSQ “Giving to the Schools” with SMPS

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KSQ’ers along with fellow Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) members in Charlotte, NC, recently helped Classroom Central’s Free Store through the chapter’s “Giving to the Schools” community project. The Classroom Central Free Store serves over 100,000 students in poverty in six North Carolina school districts, and helps students have the supplies they need to be prepared to succeed and learn in school.

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Swimming in the Deep End: My Summer Internship at KSQ

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by Sarah Farnan, Oklahoma State University

As the fall semester begins and thoughts of Red Bull and all-nighters begin to flash across my mind, I am thankful to have this summer’s memories from interning at KSQ to keep me sane. It has been nothing short of an incredible experience being welcomed into the KSQ family and to have been given the high-quality mentorship that fostered growth and development in my professionalism and passion for creating spaces that truly impact a community.

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Nancy’s design trifecta (graphic, interior and architecture)

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*Editor’s Note: We’ve been wanting Nancy to contribute to The Garret since the start because her varied background – graphic design, interior design and architecture – is so interesting in how it compliments and builds upon each other. We hope you enjoy the story of her professional and educational journey as much as we do.

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