Located in Indianapolis,
Indiana, Odlle, McGuire, Shook Architects, Inc. was founded in 1982. The
firm first became recognized for its architectural historic preservation/renovation
work. Although historic preservation continues to be a focus at OMS, the
firm disciplines include architectural design, interior design, and urban
planning/landscape architecture. OMS has grown to a staff of over 60 employees.
As Ratios size has expanded, so has ourgeographic reach. In most
recent years, work has included projects throughout the country in various
niche markets. The OMS niche market expertise includes broadcast and technology
facilities, historic rehabilitation and university athletic practice facilities.
Our firm is a young organization that is not afraid of change or challenge.
Design and planning are created in a collaborative environment, with the
principals leading the effort. Design principals hold key project management
roles in all OMS projects and maintain involvement throughout all phases
of the project. The projects success rests with the capability of
the individuals on the project. We allow young professionals the opportunity
to become involved actively in the design of a project early in their
career, but temper their enthusiasm with the experience of the principals.
We are not afraid of tackling a new project type, as we thrive on a challenge.
Our midwest work ethic drives the firm, enabling us to meet our clients'
schedules and the project requirements.
We are committed to providing distinctive design solutions for our clients,
through effectively listening to our clients needs and providing
multiple options. We are committed to creating value for our clients by
designing options that meet their needs, reputation and requirements.
We are committed to serving our clients by being responsive to their needs,
questions and ideas and providing quality project solutions based on our
knowledge, experience and creativity. We are committed to the personal
and professional development of our employees and want them to seek to
continually improve their knowledge and skills, not merely to better serve
the firm and our clients, but to enhance their own self-worth and prosperity.
We value teamwork and consider the client to be an integral part of the
team. We value our people from our support staff to the most-gifted designers,
for without them, our clients' projects would not be successful. We value
functional design solutions that create value for our clients. We value
creating projects that make real contributions to society and to quality
human habitat. We seek to work with clients who have similar values.
Professional and Civic Responsibility
The Firm encourages active involvement in professional and community organizations.
Many employees have held leadership roles in various organizations. Our
employees and principals have affiliations with over 50 local and national
professional and community organizations.
OMS encourages employees to be involved in the community through volunteerism,
whether group projects or individual volunteer activities. Volunteer activities
include the RCA Tennis Championships, 500 Festival; Junior Achievement
Bowlathon, Celebrity Youthlinks Golf Tournament; Womens NCAA Championships;
Habitat for Humanity; ASLA 100 Parks; and Indianapolis Museum of Art/various
OMS has a long history of contributing to a variety of worthy causes.
Our contributions and recipient organizations are reviewed annually.
OMS Architects. The word ratio (the root word of rational) is based on
Latin text meaning to reason. Our design philosophy we believe
design should be purposeful and thoughtful. If it doesnt have a
good reason for being then it shouldnt be. Our clients appreciate
aesthetically pleasing, yet practical design solutions. We work with clients
to create unique solutions. We listen carefully, determining our clients
needs and translating them into economically responsive solutions. The
OMS approach to design and planning whether it be in architecture,
interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning, or preservation
begins with purpose and ends with creative space that reflects
a clients imagination, reputation, and spirit. Combining purpose
with creative thinking is what Ratio is all about.
Our clients are the most important part of our design process. First,
we need to identify the goals for the new environment. Is it increased
productivity? Employee retention? Inviting atmosphere? Security? Heightened
status? Historical value? Intuitive use for the general public? Community
investment? These factors form the basis of our creative approach. Each
project may require an entire team of architects, interior designers,
preservationists, landscape architects, and urban planners. Or perhaps
the project will only focus on one or two areas. With experienced professionals
in each discipline, were structured to work independently, or as
an entire team. Our clients, as well as our projects, are very diverse.
We design buildings and environments for universities, hotels, and corporate
headquarters, as well as civic and governmental entities. Each project
has its own distinct goals, parameters, and characteristics that help
us determine unique results.