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After a brief stint as a CPA at KPMG and 2 years in the Peace Corps, Austin’s path into building began in the jungles of Panama where he was first introduced to the idea that how we build shapes how we live. Captured by the idea, he went on to apprentice for a master mason and timber framer. He taught himself design along the way, his drawings informed by understanding of the mediums he was working with, and inspired by the simple act of studying buildings he found beautiful. He sharpened his design and construction chops in Carlton Landing— winning 2 national awards in the process—before, in 2022, bringing Oklahoma City its first new structural brick masonry home in generations—with many more to come.
Austin is a relentless innovator, always experimenting with better ways of doing things. He plans to expand Building Culture to include apprenticeship programs, R&D, manufacturing, education and resale of traditional materials and methods—aiming to build a culture that expresses its ideals in a multi-century architecture: a whole new Building Culture.
Matt’s passion for the entire process of bringing a project to life is at home in Building Culture’s holistic design-build approach to creating beautiful things that enhance our lives.
Prior to joining Building Culture in 2022, Matt worked in Manhattan at G.P. Schafer Architect, on custom residences in areas including Arkansas, Virginia, Florida, and New York City. He brings the rigor and attention to detail of those $10 million+ projects to Building Culture’s work in Oklahoma.
A dedicated learner and teacher, Matt studied traditional architecture and urbanism at the University of Notre Dame and serves as instructor at the Institute for Classical Art and Architecture.
He is a licensed architect in Oklahoma and New York, is NCARB certified and a member of the AIA.
Sarah shines in helping people connect in meaningful ways, and is fascinated with how this can happen organically when set within a proper built environment like the places that are created by Building Culture. Prior to joining the team, Sarah was the Director of the Carlton Landing Community Foundation where she oversaw the new urban community's marketing and event programming. Sarah currently consults for developments in Downtown Edmond, and helps to shape Building Culture's messaging and content. She adores being a mother to her young daughter and looks forward to another joining the pack soon.
Thomas Dougherty is an Architectural and UX Urban Designer revolutionizing infill development by uncovering the forgotten space of the inner-block. He holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism from the University of Notre Dame.
"I grew up on a small farm where building and repairing buildings was a constant need. I worked as a timber framer for a few years in my early twenties. I was chasing durability and beauty with the timber framing, and it was that drive that took me to Notre Dame to study traditional architectural and urban design. I met Austin in the summer of 2016, and under his leadership helped build a small load bearing brick home. There is an integrity to Austin's work - and now the work of Building Culture - that is being recognized around this Country. The durability and beauty of Building Culture's masonry walls allow their buildings to be worth inheriting; a true legacy project and gift to future generations."
Graham is a strong believer in how the built environment shapes us. Motivated by his experience growing up in the suburbs of Dallas, his life's work is to provide future generations with what so many of us have never had: a sense of place, beauty, and connection to our neighborhoods and towns. With Building Culture, he uses his trade experience to realize this vision through traditional design and construction methods.
Prior to joining Building Culture in 2023, Graham served as a designer-builder on projects in the Lakota-Sioux Nation in South Dakota, Open Source Ecology in Missouri, and St. Arsenius Hermitage in Texas, in addition to starting his own organic farming business. Graham earned his B.S. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020.