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University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry

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Growing up, I spent a lot of time at the College of Dentistry in Oklahoma City. My dad is a professor at the College of Dentistry, so when my brother and I were kids, and when my dad would have to teach a class on the weekends, my brother and I would have to go with him and wait there while he taught his class. I never really noticed all the architecture back then, however once I got older and returned to the building, more about the building began to stand out.

For example, an interesting fact about the architectural design of the college of dentistry is that it was designed to mimic the shape of a first molar tooth.

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If you look carefully, you can see the various, carefully placed elevation of the top of the building, which matches the shape of a molar.

Although this is indeed an interesting fact about the design of the building, it turned out to be somewhat problematic in the functionality of the building. Because of the strange shape of the building, the rooms tend to have a bizarre shape, which is not ideal for maximizing usable space within the college. However, when designing the building, a decision had to be made between creating an interesting design and creating a functional building, and I suppose the architects decided that the balance between these two factors was appropriate, and I will say, it definitely adds a bit more  fun to the building’s design.

Hawaii State Capitol Building

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Everybody on my dad’s side of the family has lived in Hawaii for generations. My dad is the first person to move from Hawaii to the Mainland in decades. Because everyone on his side of the family still lives there, my family and I get to visit Hawaii every year or two. One of the buildings we like to visit in Honolulu, is the state capitol building.

It was designed and built in 1969 by a partnership between Belt, Lemon, and Lo architecture firms, and with the help of John Carl Warnecke. They put a great deal of thought into the design of the building, allowing it to hold a great deal of symbolism for various natural aspects of the Hawaiian islands.


For starters, surrounding the building is a large reflecting pool to symbolize how the Pacific Ocean surrounds the islands.


Additionally, when you stand in the center of the courtyard of the capitol building and look up, it is meant to appear as though you are looking up from inside a volcano. This is symbolic of Mount Mauna Kea and the volcanos that formed the islands of Hawaii. The sides of the “volcanic cone” are formed by two legislative chambers, each of which contains a chandelier specially designed to symbolize the sun and moon.


Lastly, the building is surrounded by tall, white columns. Each individual column has designs to mimic that of a royal palm tree, and there are eight columns on each side of the building to symbolize the eight main islands of Hawaii.

Considering all of the thought that went into the design of the capitol building in Honolulu, I think it makes the already beautiful building, that much more amazing, and it is definitely an incredible sight to see if you are every in Honolulu!

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

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Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is one of my favorite buildings on campus for a multitude of reasons. For starters, I love the art in the gallery. I think it is an amazing selection of art, and I love to walk through and read about all the pieces.


However, in the context of architecture,  I think it is interesting in the sense that the building was intentionally designed to be perfectly symmetrical.


As you can see by the photo above, the buildings and landscaping are perfectly symmetrical right down the center. Additionally, I’m not sure if this was intentional, but I personally think the buildings sort of look like sharpened pencils, with the dark sky lights being the lead tips. Like I said, I may have made that up myself, but I like to think it was part of the ironic design plan, considering it’s the museum of art.

Oak Tree National

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Oak Tree Clubhouse

Since July 2014, Oak Tree National has been my work place. It has provided me with many amazing memories and friends.

Oak Tree Clubhouse Back

I began working there for the 2014 US Senior Open Golf Tournament, and only expected to be employed for that week, however I was lucky enough to get asked to stick around for a little longer. Fortunately, “a little longer” turned into years, and now it’s more or a second home than a work place. Some of my favorite parts about working at Oak Tree are watching the sun rise in the morning. When I have to open the clubhouse, I have to arrive to work at 5:30am, which sounds dreadful at first, but it’s actually really peaceful in the mornings since most people don’t arrive until closer to 7:00am. In the meantime, I sit in the dining room and wait for the sun’s rays to begin to peek up over the horizon. As the sun rises, the deep orange light begins to crawl across the golf course and shines through the back wall of windows to fill the dining room with light.

Oak Tree Dining Room

Since the entire back wall of the dining room consists of windows from the floor to the ceiling, it provides the diners with a beautiful view of the golf course from every seat. Additionally, I always really liked the ceiling design inside the dining room. You can sort of see in the above photograph, but the ceiling has long, wooden columns that span the entire ceiling, and I think they add a new dimension to the interior design and add depth to the ceiling that looks very interesting.