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.”

Before cement mixers pour concrete, engineers configure HVAC systems or architects create renderings, building owners must first determine what type of contractual arrangements they will enter into with their architecture firm and construction company. These legal agreements, called project delivery methods, are every project’s roadmap for the roles, relationships and levels of involvement between owner, […]

Places of learning must be many things to many people. Educators need a teaching environment that will support creativity and engage students. Administrators need a building that will represent the institution well, connect the community and inspire financial support. When architects set out to design a new school or university building, stakeholder involvement is an […]

Oklahoma City — The lights went out at Will Rogers Theatre on Friday but that didn’t stop the American Institute of Architects, Central Oklahoma Chapter from holding their 2017 AIA Honor Awards Program. AIA holds their awards ceremony to recognize and thank those who work to improve the built environment and the profession of architecture. […]

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 […]