Andy Kinslow, AIA
Owner & Principal-In-Charge
“It is deeply satisfying to go almost anywhere in Tulsa and the surrounding communities and see our firm’s work. Being a Tulsa business owner over the last 30 years has allowed me to meet many wonderful people and build lasting relationships with colleagues and clients.”
As founder of KKT, Andy has built a company which empowers its employees to be accountable for their decisions and allows people to thrive. KKT embodies Andy’s vision of a company in which professionals share ideas, techniques, science, innovation, art, and culture resulting in innovative design solutions and outstanding customer responsiveness and satisfaction.
Andy’s vision of helping clients and communities maximize their productivity and effectiveness across every sector established the KKT culture of client-centric design. The result is relationship-driven service across a diverse client base and project portfolio including the arts, education, healthcare, businesses, nonprofits, the public, churches, community centers, and nearly every aspect of life. Andy also helped spearhead downtown’s revitalization with his firm’s trend-setting conversion of the Philtower Lofts and the buildout of Mayo 420 Apartments, repositioning properties which seemed doomed to urban blight or demolition into desirable and valuable living spaces. Others have followed suit, and downtown Tulsa is coming back to life partly because of the vision, dedication, and leadership of Andy Kinslow and KKT.
Get to Know Andy
Education and Experience
- Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
- Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Businessperson of the Year, 2008
- AIA Oklahoma Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018
- Professional Advisory Board and Dean’s Circle, University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
- Board Member, Tulsa Community College Foundation
- Board Member, Tulsa Ballet
- Advisory Board Member, Emergency Infant Services
- Member, Tulsa Arts Commission
- Member, Tulsa Preservation Commission
- Board Member, Living Arts of Tulsa
- Board Member, Arts Alliance Tulsa
- Board Member, NAIOP
How has technology changed the way that you do your job?
Technology has allowed me to stay in touch with what is going on in the office when I am traveling. I am one of those people that can relax as long as I know everything is under control. Before, I hated being out of the office because I was always worried that there would be an issue and I could not be reached.
What is your favorite thing about Tulsa (or Oklahoma)?
When we travel, I am always excited to tell people about Tulsa and to help break the stereotypes that people have about Oklahoma. The fact that the arts have always been important to Tulsa, that we have major art museums, ballet, opera, two symphonies, as well as the Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan Archives, comes as a surprise to people who haven’t been here.
Explain one thing/situation you’ve experienced that you doubt anyone reading this has also experienced.
Presenting the Tulsa Tornado Tower and the Center of the Universe concepts to an audience of 300 in Kyev, Ukraine with an interpreter and answering questions for three Ukrainian TV stations.
What or who inspires you?
Finding beauty in unexpected places. For example, patterns in rocks, colors on buildings in remote villages, birds lined up on wires…beauty is all around us.
What advice do you have for people who would like to begin a career in architecture?
Spend as much time as you can around people that have other interests than architecture. Too many people graduate and do not have the ability to talk to others about anything other than architecture in social situations.
Why KKT? What sets KKT apart from its competitors?
The relaxed atmosphere of the office, our focus on the client, and involving clients in the design process.
What do you find most rewarding in your career and working with your clients?
Making clients happy has always been my goal.
What brought you to Tulsa?
I graduated from Architecture School in 1980, and Tulsa was growing at that time. I had visited Tulsa many times as a child because I had relatives that lived here. That gave me a sense of comfort—that if I needed anything, my family would be able to give me guidance.
Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
An isolated beach where I can walk and pick up shells.
What is your definition of success?
Accomplishing a goal and giving credit to those who helped you get there.
What attracted you to architecture, and when did you know you wanted to make that your career?
I decided to be an architect in 3rd grade.
What skills did experience teach you that formal education did not?
I always say I learned more lessons in life in the first two years of owning the business than I ever wanted to learn. Architecture School does not teach you how to run a business or how to market to potential clients.