Ted Reeds - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture

Ted Reeds

Ted A. Reeds


University of Oklahoma
MS, Architecture

Washington & Lee University
BA, French and European History


Ted Reeds is the President of Ted Reeds Architecture and has 38 years of architectural experience. Reeds project experience includes restaurant, lodging, office, urban mixed-use commercial and residential, and healthcare facilities, as well as new builds and renovations for multi-family residential, commercial developments and single-family residences.  He is well-versed in performing zoning and design analyses, acting as an Owner’s representative and making entitlements presentations. He particularly enjoys mentoring young architect interns in the art and science of design and customer management.

A licensed architect who has been licensed in 48 states and the District of Columbia. He is currently licensed in Oklahoma, Florida, California, Colorado, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Texas. Reeds is a member and former president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Eastern Oklahoma Chapter and AIA Oklahoma, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

As an advocate for a vibrant city he frequently gives guided tours and seminars to groups ranging from Leadership Oklahoma to visiting Chinese Students at Booker T. Washington High School.  He has worked with Jack Frank on several Tulsa Films highlighting Tulsa Art Deco.  In March of 2015 Reeds hosted a tour of Tulsa Architecture on CSPAN.  He recently has been featured in a monthly series on Tulsa ICONs, a series of short films on Tulsa’s iconic buildings. He currently serves on the Boards of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (TMAPC), The Preservation Commission, The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture (TFA), The Spotlight Theater and The University of Oklahoma School of Architecture Professional Advisory Board (PAB).

Reeds is a founding member and past President of the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture (TFA), and gives Second Saturday Tours of Downtown on a regular basis. In 2019 he was featured in articles on Tulsa in Politico and Monocle Magazine. He gave historic tours of Tulsa during the 2009 National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference.  He addressed the TFA Urban Design Conference as a featured speaker in 2003.  He served as a facilitator of the Conference on City Design for the North Tulsa District; a member of the Committee on Orderly Development for the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce; and an advisory board member for the Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority’s Downtown Transit Station, all in Tulsa, Okla.

A recently completed local design, Jackson Technical, won an AIA Citation Award with The McIntosh Group. Additionally he designed the Blue Rose Café on the Arkansas River at the 21st Street Bridge; the first habitable building on piers ever built in the City of Tulsa.  As an equity partner in the four and a half acre site he is actively involved in the design of Phase II.

His work during his time in New York City (1980-1990 Ted Reeds Associates) has been noted in numerous New York Times articles and his design for Le Brun’s Metropolitan Life Tower was featured on the cover of Interiors magazine in 1986.  Five buildings of Reeds’ Design are featured in AIA Walking Tours of New York City 2009 edition. His work on the Atlas Life Building while at Matrix Architects in Tulsa netted a 1992 AIA Designer’s Choice award as well as a Juror’s Choice award. As a graduate student he earned a fourth place finish in the 1980 NAIE Paris Prize Competition for a new convention center in New York City. His interests outside of work include family, running, baseball, golf, OU Football, snow skiing, single malts, poetry, sculpture and good Provence Roses.

Reeds holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma (1980) and a Bachelor of Arts in French and European history from Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Va. (1976)   He is a graduate of Aspen High School. (1972) and a native Tulsan.