Fred Schmidt, FAIA, LEED AP

Education Market Principal

As FSB’s Education Market Principal, Fred Schmidt has devoted his career to the ever-changing and evolving field of education facility design. His appreciation and understanding of education includes having served as past chair of the National AIA Education Committee and as Adjunct Professor of Architecture.

In leading FSB’s Education practice, Fred guides FSB education design teams to communicate effectively with Owners and user groups ensuring that each unique need, vision and goal is heard. He facilitates the collaboration amongst all stakeholders to create educational buildings that not only inspire learning but also meet ever challenging budgets.

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“The quality of architecture, or the lack thereof, directly affects the quality of our lives and our communities. Creating the best possible environments where people can work, learn and live is incredibly special to me.”

Since the space race of the 1950s and 60s, politicians and economists alike have linked math and science education with the United States’ ability to compete on a future global stage. In the 1990s the National Science Foundation coined the acronym “STEM”— science, technology, engineering, math —in an effort to emphasize their co-dependence. Now a commonplace […]

Tornados, unfortunately, are part of life in Oklahoma and surrounding states, an area known by many as Tornado Alley. Here, cool Rocky Mountain air and warm Gulf Coast air tends to collide and form the supercell thunderstorms that often produce tornadoes. Spurred by disasters like the May 20, 2013 tornado that struck two elementary schools […]

As higher education budgets tighten and environmental consciousness grows, university administrators are turning to the mechanical engineers of FSB now more than ever in search of solutions for reducing energy usage and lowering monthly utility costs. The historic buildings and sprawling campuses that characterize many higher learning institutions require huge amounts of energy, but appropriately […]

The Oklahoma City University School of Law was selected to receive the 2016 State Historic Preservation Officer’s Citation of Merit. The award will be presented to the law school and its contractor, the Frankfurt Short Bruza architecture and engineering firm, during the annual Statewide Preservation Conference on June 2 in Enid. The university purchased the […]