Bud Miles ’62
Bud began his architecture career as the campus architect at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) following time spent in the military as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and upon completing his education at The University of Oklahoma. His experience working at the Health Sciences Center gave him the motivation to establish Miles Associates | Architecture + Planning + Interiors in 1980.
For a little over a year, Bud ran a one-man office working out of his home, where his family members could often be found answering the phone and providing ‘administrative’ support. He eventually rented space from another local architect and ultimately found space at an office building owned by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF), one of his primary clients at the time and still today. Working on laboratory projects for OMRF and a new campus for Ross University School of Medicine, based on the Caribbean islands of Dominica and St. Kitts, required Bud to travel abroad, and also gave him confidence that he could have an impact on Oklahoma City communities and beyond.
In the mid-1990’s Miles Associates had justification for growth when referrals for projects exceeded the firm’s staffing capabilities. Growth was paced, but deliberate and is sustained still: through referrals (90% of commissions are referral-based). As the firm took on more work, more architects were added to strengthen the Miles Team. Miles Associates began on the reputation of Bud Miles, but has been reinforced through the firm’s history by the team supporting him. Those who know Bud would refer to him as a ‘good guy’ and ‘a guy that gets great work done’ – a trusted partner in a client’s work.
In the last 15 years Miles Associates has gained more work every year and that growth took a big step in 2004 with the acquisition of the Miles Associates Tulsa Studio and in 2008 a Dallas Studio was created, as well. These additional Studios offer Miles Associates clients’ advantages that speak to their geographical location, but also to each Studio’s inherent specialties, strengths, experiences and resumes – providing clients’ with a broader knowledge base to their benefit.
Since 1980, Miles Associates has provided services more valuable than just architecture – Bud and the firm freely offers counseling, advice, expertise on projects (both existing and new development) and has supported many low or no-budget projects with resources needed, but typically unavailable to them (pro bono, reduced fee programming or other pre-design services).
Miles Associates’ work has been recognized for several prestigious awards, including:
AIA Central States Design Excellence Awards Merit Award (2009) for Utica Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma;
Associated General Contractors of America Build Oklahoma Award (2008) for OMRF Parking Facility in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
Educational Interior Showcase Silver Citation for Laboratories (2005) for Stephenson Research and Technology Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
2012 ACEC Oklahoma Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award (2012) for OU Children’s Physicians Atrium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
ABC 2012 Excellence in Construction Award (2012) for Samis Education Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Notable Architectural Work:
OU Stephenson Research + Technology Center – OU Research Campus, Norman, OK
Devon Energy Hall, College of Engineering – OU Main Campus, Norman, OK
Rawl Practice Facility, College of Engineering – OU Main Campus, Norman, OK
Old Faculty Club – OU Main Campus, Norman, OK
Numerous Laboratory Projects on University of Oklahoma Health Science Center Campus
Other Work on OUHSC Campus for Various Entities:
Center for Healthy Living
Numerous Clinical + Departmental Areas
PHF Research Park
Children’s Hospital Medical Office Building, Atrium + Samis Education Center
Bud is a member of National Council of Architectural Registration Boards – NCARB Certified and American Institute of Architects – Member, Past Board Member.
Brother Miles’ involvement with the community include: National Institutes of Health (NIH) – NIH Review Committee Chairman, NIH Facilities Reviewer;
Oklahoma Health Center Foundation – Board Member; Children’s Hospital Foundation – Board Member, Past President; Oklahoma Biotechnology Corporation – Past President.
In 1970, Bud received his BS in Environmental Design. Then he went on to get his Bachelor of Architecture in 1971 and Master of Architecture in 1972. He received the AIA Award for General Excellence in Architecture also in 1972.
He and his wife Julie have two children. Andrea (Senior Attorney with Devon Energy Corporation) and Brandon (President + Owner of Nexus Media).
Bud says, “I have great memories of my time as a Kappa Sigma while at the University of Oklahoma. The relationships with other Kappa Sigma members are something that has reached far beyond my undergraduate experience. My allegiance to Kappa Sigma, and specifically the Gamma-Kappa Chapter has lead me to take an active role in the development of multiple architectural designs for both the renovation and/or replacement of the Chapter House on OU’s campus. The personal nature of the project has made it significant to me to help keep alive and advance the mission of the Chapter, and namely the Kappa Sigma Housing Project in the last ten years.
These efforts are at last culminating, as a result of a great fund-raising campaign, with a new fraternity house currently in the construction document phase and set to be completed around December 2013. The 29,000 SF, three-story fraternity house, will feature both brick and stone for a modern, yet historic appeal on the exterior façade. The 50-bed house will include the most current amenities such as a great room with library, a media center, a Chapter Room and a full-service kitchen and dining hall.”