Bart delivered the design legacy lecture at the AIA OK leadership Conference this September. Sharing his experiences starting a firm, and the early projects that set the tone for his career. After working in large firms for about 10 years, Bart Shaw set off in 2011 to start a design practice. Receiving significant recognition for his early conceptual design work, Bart embarked on a journey to see if he could make it on his own with a firm committed to good design. With limited resources and taking any project he could get his hands on, he scraped through the tail end of the recession to emerge on the other side with a practice known for its excellence in architecture, receiving design recognitions from National AIA, Americans for the Arts, Texas Society of Architects, IIDA, and AIA Fort Worth. This presentation will look at 4 projects representative of the his journey. He offered lessons learned navigating the challenges of building a reputation for good design from the difficult arena of small commercial work. From digital fabrication to manual fabrication, always looking for creativity where he could find it, and finding a way to get it built, Bart has found that these projects with low budgets, and few contractors available to participate, teach us what is important about the work we do, and the importance of getting others invested in our vision. The lecture was followed with a countable discussion with a fantastic group of architects in this year’s leadership class.