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Gary Armbruster

Principal Architect + Partner


Gary Armbruster is an experienced architect with more than 26 years of experience in leading facility design and has been a principal architect and partner at MA+ since 1996. He is a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he earned both a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a Master of Architecture.

As one of only six Accredited Learning Environment Planners (ALEP) in Oklahoma, Gary's passion for learning and children has driven his work in designing educational facilities that foster optimal learning environments. He is also a dedicated member of the Christian community and spearheads design for the firm's religious and faith-based projects. Gary is currently the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter President.

Gary's expertise in education and school security design has earned him a reputation as a nationally recognized public speaker at national conferences for AIA and A4LE. He prioritizes clear communication and collaboration with clients, documenting project requirements and expectations to ensure that they are reflected in the design drawings, construction documents, and final product.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Gary loves to travel and incorporates his passion into his work by leading design teams and clients on facility tours across the country. These tours offer clients and designers a firsthand look at innovative environments and pedagogies, while also providing the opportunity to speak with those who use the space on a daily basis.

Gary has been happily married to his wife, Julie, for almost 30 years and is the proud father of three children, Nicolas, Matthew, and Jacob. He enjoys spending quality time with his family on vacations to destinations such as Disney and Colorado, and volunteering for local non-profits.


Leadership Norman Class 20 - Norman Chamber of Commerce

Service Citation Award - Association for Learning Environments

Leadership Oklahoma Graduate

Gary Armbruster
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