Creating Places To Be

Words have a way of trending in architecture that make them seem like innovations. Placemaking is one of those words. Placemaking, an approach to urban planning and design that creates inviting environments on a community scale, has always been a […]

Spaces for human beings — and being human

Janet Selser writes editorial for Tulsa World

Words have a way of trending in architecture that make them seem like innovations. Placemaking is one of those words. Placemaking, an approach to urban planning and design that creates inviting environments on a community scale, has always been a […]

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A Fresh Coat of Caring

When it comes to protecting our resources for a better future, people come first. That’s why our staff members set everything aside to reach out and make a difference during the Tulsa Area United Way’s Annual Day of Caring in […]

50 Making a Difference

Every year, The Journal Record in Tulsa names 50 women making a difference for their work impacting the community. Our firm is pleased that our own Janet Selser AIA, LEED AP BD+C has been named to the 2015 list of […]

The Difference Between Hiring and Engaging an Architect

And Why it Shows in the Results

Good architecture is often easier to sense than to define. What exactly makes an architect’s work good? A long list of awards? A trend-setting or signature style? Or perhaps specializing in a certain building type, like sports arenas, with laser […]

Bringing Compassion Home

How Our Client's Mission to Save Animals Shaped Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter (PAAS)

The people behind PAAS (pronounced “paws”) are on a mission to save the lives of stray cats and dogs by finding caring homes for them. Knowing it takes more than compassion to make a difference, they engaged Selser Schaefer Architects […]

Ross Group Building

The Single-Most Important Factor That Drives Good Architecture

It’s hard to imagine a time when an agricultural equipment dealership was located in the heart of downtown Tulsa. Built in the 1920s, the former International Harvester Building is being transformed into the headquarters for Ross Group Construction. Working in cooperation with […]

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council House

The Single-Most Important Factor That Drives Good Architecture

Honoring a building’s parti – and bringing its story to life – often stretches the traditional boundaries of architecture. Selser Schaefer Architects is involved in extensive, hands-on research to ensure the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council House is returned as closely as possible […]

Tulsa Ballet Hardesty Center

Tulsa Ballet Hardesty Center for Dance Education

The Single-Most Important Factor That Drives Good Architecture

The concept behind the Hardesty Center for Dance Education came from the Tulsa Ballet’s deep desire to share the love of ballet with more young people. This remarkable new center literally sets the stage for their vision – and ensures ballet will be […]

New Partner

July 2015 — Selser Schaefer Architects is proud to announce Andrew McCready AIA, as firm partner. Andrew joined our firm in 2003 and was integral in opening our Dubuque, Iowa, office in 2013. Andrew joins Janet Selser AIA, LEED AP […]

A Place Where Children Feel Valued

When we think of the tools we use to help our children learn and grow at school, we think of textbooks, SMART boards, and multiplication tables. But what if the school itself were a powerful learning tool, capable of creating […]

Opening the Possibilities

Two New Elementary Schools Enhance Performance for Stillwater Public Schools

As Oklahoma’s oldest public school district, Stillwater Public Schools (SPS) long enjoyed a reputation for academic achievement. But in recent years, outdated facilities and capacity issues failed to reflect the district’s commitment to excellence. Stillwater voters acted, passing a bond issue in […]

5 Overlooked Keys to a Successful School Environment

Architectural design for schools comes with its own set of responsibilities, including adequate capacity, affordable maintenance and extensive safety features. At Selser Schaefer Architects, we encourage schools and parents to look for these other important qualities shown to improve the learning environment for […]

A Note From Stillwater Public Schools

Superintendent Ann Caine, EdD

“I was greeting students on the first day of school as they entered our new Highland Park Elementary. There is so much light in the beautiful atrium – very different from the old building. As I stood there, a first-grade boy […]