The return of Brandon Gee
Published Sept. 21, 2021
"It’s so great to have him back on the team full time."
Brandon Gee has rejoined Reed Architecture and Interiors as a project manager.
"It's come a long way from the three of us that started out," said Gee, referring to this firm’s 2009 opening under founder David Reed. "When I left, there were five of us, and now there are 12. David's always done some fine work, but now he's doing some awesome work! It's fun and exciting to be a part of it! Plus, I like the challenge."
Reed and Gee first served together under Gary Sparks and his Tulsa architectural firm's Sparks Spiritual wing. Gee started there in 2003, with Reed coming two years later. Reed soon switched over to Sparks Sports to tackle the last phase of the Boone Pickens Stadium project, and as that work grew, he asked Gee to join him. Completing BPS in 2009, Reed decided to launch his own firm, David Reed Architecture – and he invited Gee to come aboard.
That stint lasted five years, until Gee decided to move on.
“Brandon is a tremendous talent and good friend,” said Reed. “I have enjoyed working with him over the past 16+ years. It’s so great to have him back on the team full time.”
Brandon, 40, grew up in a construction environment.
"My grandfather built homes and various other commercial buildings around Enid," he explained. "My father worked with him quite a bit, so I was used to being around construction. My father also did maintenance work for years; he is a jack of all trades, really."
Gee dove into drafting while attending vocational-technical school during his Enid (OK) High School days.
"I found I was very proficient at it, testing out at the top of the class," he recalled. "My instructor encouraged me to follow through with this, so when I graduated in 2000, I went to OSU Okmulgee and studied drafting."
That associate's degree in applied sciences led Gee to Sparks, where his software mastery helped advance his career.
"I started as a drafter and then trained to be a project coordinator," Gee said. "Through the years, I've taken on the role of a project manager."
That transition helped Gee expand his career with Sparks and David Reed Architecture, which became Sparks Reed in 2011. Gee worked there four more years before moving on, applying his AutoCAD, Revit, and other software skillsets with two other metro Tulsa architecture firms.
"David and I have always kept in contact, and I have helped David throughout the years with contract work whenever he needed it," said Gee. "So, when I decided this summer to put myself back on the market, I reached out to David and said I was giving him the chance of first refusal. And he jumped at the chance to work together again!"
Reed was tickled to have Gee back on his team.
“He has a strong work ethic and is a wizard with software and finding ways to do things efficiently,” Reed said. “He has worked hard and through his diligence is now able to sit for the architecture licensing tests. He will make a great licensed architect.”