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Building Character

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

By Gwendolyn Purdom
Photos by Duane Fernandez 

When he’s strapped for inspiration, Oklahoma architect and designer Shane Fernandez has plenty of material to tap: His years growing up among some of the world’s most cutting-edge architecture and design in Denmark or Hong Kong, for example. Or maybe the time, at age 7, he was named California State Champion in Tae Kwon Do. Then there was the period he spent sketching fossil diagrams and medical illustrations for museums and textbooks while he was in college.  

Even as executive vice president of Crafton Tull architects, Fernandez still finds time to squeeze mountain biking excursions and sculpture projects into his schedule. But juggling such diverse experiences doesn’t faze the Tulsa-based father of four. In fact, he credits his colorful lifestyle with steering his work.

“If I’ve got a client that wants Miami Art Deco, I’ll do Miami Art Deco,” Fernandez says. “And then I bring my global experience and my global vision, and try to meld that into a solution that gives them the aesthetic and the look they want combined with some of the things that I see and have experienced.”

Pick up a copy of the October Issue of Design Bureau to see the full story in good old-fashioned print. 

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