Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Previous Degree: University of Oklahoma, B.A. in Architecture
Role Before Joining MRED+D: Director of Urban Design, Wheeler
Sam received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma in 2013 and has since worked as an architect and small-scale real estate developer in Oklahoma City. He managed the implementation of one of Oklahoma’s first form-based zoning codes and has overseen the design of residential and hospitality projects throughout the region. He first delved into real estate development in 2017 with a ground-up fourplex abutting an urban commercial district, a building he lived in and managed before attending Berkeley. For the last four years, Sam has worked within Oklahoma City’s burgeoning Wheeler District designing small-lot homes and a neighborhood brewery. He recently served as architect and co-developer for a series of live-work townhomes and attached office buildings along a pedestrian street within the district.
Sam looks to leverage the knowledge and connections gained through the MRED+D program to grow his design and development practice, with the ultimate goal of establishing a small firm focused on market-rate affordable infill housing.
Besides drawing buildings, Sam enjoys cooking Mexican and Middle Eastern foods, riding all types of bicycles, playing board games, and arguing about urban and architectural theory.