Heath Tate · AIA
Principal Architect · Partner
Heath grew up in Southwestern Oklahoma and was set on a course to architecture well before he would choose to pursue that career path. As a youth hanging around residential construction sites, spending time at his family’s hardware store & lumberyard, and later taking drafting classes in junior high and high school, his experiences were steering him towards a pathway that would lead to obtaining an Associate’s degree from Western Oklahoma State College in Altus where he discovered architecture and then on to the University of Oklahoma where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, graduating with honors.
Starting with the firm in 2000, Heath has been a fixture at MA+ ever since. While working at MA+ he also served as an adjunct instructor at the OU College of Architecture from 2003-2006. As most architects tend to be, Heath is a jack-of-all-trades. He works closely with clients, contractors, and the project architects at MA+ to ensure all aspects of what is produced meets the high standards required of all MA+ projects. He’s a fan of live entertainment, whether it be sports, concerts, or performing arts. As such, his passion for those project types runs deep. He’s taken the lead at MA+ in designing athletic, eSports, and performing arts venues as well as managing the wide variety of project types in the office.
Heath is passionate about OU basketball and credits the OU Men’s Basketball teams, coached by the legendary Billy Tubbs, for enticing him to attend the University of Oklahoma. Attending nearly every home basketball game since 1997, to say he’s passionate about basketball might be an understatement. Heath maintains close ties with OU through his service on the Professional Advisory Board for the Division of Architecture as well as serving on the Executive Committee for the Tip-In Club supporting his favorite basketball team.
If it’s not architecture or basketball monopolizing his time, he’s usually found with a book or a camera in his hands. His office is lined with photos from some of his travels to scenic destinations such as Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, and New York City. And don’t ask him if he’s read anything interesting lately… unless you have time to spare.