Lower, Alan

Bio:

From his obituary:

James Alan Lower, architect, husband, father, grandfather and friend went to peace on June 2, 2006.

Alan was born in Oklahoma City July 28, 1932 to Paul and Deborah Lower. After graduation from Classen High School, Alan entered Oklahoma State University, where he earned a degree in Architecture and met and married his wife, Marilyn Jones. Alan was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

After college Alan joined the Army and became a first lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. Alan practiced architecture in OKC at Sorey, Hill & Sorey and Benham & Blair before opening his own firm – Alan Lower and Associates in the early 1960s. A pioneer in solar and wind power, he designed one of the very first active solar heated homes in Oklahoma. He also designed many commercial and residential buildings in the area including the Skirvin Convention Center, the 3 National Foundation Life Buildings, Mayfair Medical Tower, Del State Bank and many more.He was an officer of the local chapter and is a Member Emeritus of the American Institute of Architects.

Alan loved fine food and helped his son Chris design and open numerous fine eateries in the area including The Roosevelt Grill in Edmond, The Coach House in Nichols Hills and Portobello in Oklahoma City. Alan was a passionate supporter of the arts and culture of the city including the Festival of the Arts, Lyric Theatre and the OKC Philharmonic. He was an avid traveler and especially enjoyed travelling in Europe.

Design was Alan’s lifelong passion; in 2002 he assembled and headed a team of designers and consultants that produced an entry into the World Trade Center Memorial Competition.  Alan had a zeal and enthusiasm for exploring and experiencing all life had to offer and he continued his practice as an architect until the moment of his illness … a hemorragic stroke on December 10, 2004.

Firms:

Alan Lower & Associates

Projects in OK:

Lower House, OKC
Skirvin Hotel Convention Center, OKC
Moore Public Library, Moore
National Foundation Center (a.k.a. Landmark Towers), OKC
Sequoyah Carpet Mills, OKC
Hilton Inn, Tulsa
Mayfair Medical Tower, OKC
Del State Bank, Del City

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