Placemaking Conference 2017


Monday, April 3, 2017

The University of Oklahoma

The Placemaking Conference is open to the public. Registration is complimentary.

Continuing education credits are available for members of AICP and AIA.


Conference Agenda

9:30 a.m. Introduction

Welcome, Shane Hampton | Executive Director, OU Institute for Quality Communities

Introduction, Dean Hans E. Butzer | OU College of Architecture

Opening Remarks, President David L. Boren | The University of Oklahoma

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center


10:00 a.m. Session One: Making Places

Moderated by Associate Dean Charles Warnken | OU College of Architecture

“The Story of Placemaking,” Fred Kent | Founder and President, Project for Public Spaces

“Placemaking: Ideas to Action,” Susan Silberberg | Founder, CivicMoxie | Lecturer, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center


AICP | CM 1.5

12:00 p.m. Luncheon Keynote: Leadership in Placemaking

Remarks and Introduction, President David L. Boren | The University of Oklahoma

“Leadership in Placemaking,” Mayor Jim Brainard | City of Carmel, Indiana

Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, Oklahoma Memorial Union

AIA | Pending


1:45 p.m. Session Two: Making Communities

Moderated by Mia Kile | Director, OU Division of Interior Design

“Renew Australia,” Marcus Westbury | Founder, Renew Australia

“A New Dallas,” Patrick Kennedy | Founder, A New Dallas

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center



3:00 p.m. Session Three: Making Change

Moderated by Stephanie Pilat | Director, OU Division of Architecture

“Design for the Just City,” Toni Griffin | Founder, Urban Planning and Design for the American City

“Tactical Urbanism,” Mike Lydon | Principal, Street Plans Collaborative

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center


AICP | CM 1.25

4:30 p.m. Session Four: Making Great Streets

Moderated by Associate Dean Leehu Loon | OU College of Architecture

“Making Great Streets,” Victor Dover | Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center

AIA | 1 LU

AICP | CM 1.5


Mayor Jim Brainard

Mayor Jim Brainard

City of Carmel, Indiana

Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel, Indiana’s first six-term mayor. During his leadership, Carmel has grown in population from 25,000 to more than 80,000, and has become a vibrant, thriving city with transformed patterns of transportation and development.

Victor Dover

Victor Dover

Dover, Kohl & Partners

Victor Dover is an expert on how to fix our streets, and in the process, shape enduring cities that people really love. His work spans 25 years and five continents as a cofounder of award-winning town planning firm Dover, Kohl & Partners.

Toni Griffin

Toni Griffin

Urban Planning for the American City

Toni L. Griffin works with cities as the founder of Urban Planning for the American City, with projects including Detroit Future City, a comprehensive citywide framework for urban transformation. She is developing values-based planning methodologies through the Just City Design Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy

A New Dallas

Patrick Kennedy is a planner and urban designer, focusing on the relationship between movement infrastructure design and real estate market dynamics. He is also the co-founder of his design firm Space Between Design Studio and of A New Dallas, a non-profit promoting transportation alternatives and neighborhood revitalization.

Fred Kent

Fred Kent

Project for Public Spaces

As founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, Fred Kent is a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces. He travels more than 150,000 miles every year, working on hundreds of projects since 1975. He has taken over half a million photographs of public spaces and their users.

Mike Lydon

Mike Lydon

Street Plans Collaborative

Mike Lydon is a Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, an international award-winning planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami, New York City, and San Francisco. With Tony Garcia, Mike is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change, published by Island Press in 2015 and named by Planetizen as one of the top 10 planning books of the year.
Susan Silberberg

Susan Silberberg


Susan Silberberg is an accomplished city planner, urban designer, architect, author, and educator. She is the lead author of Places in the Making, a 2013 publication on placemaking by MIT. She is passionate about empowering communities to take charge of positive change.

Marcus Westbury

Marcus Westbury

Renew Australia

Marcus Westbury is the founder of the multi-award-winning Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia projects that have helped launch more than two hundred creative and community projects in Newcastle, New South Wales, and reopened more than a hundred vacant properties across Australia.



The Placemaking Conference is open to the public. Registration is complimentary.



A room block is available at Hilton Garden Inn Norman.

Tulsa Transportation

A charter bus will be provided to the event from the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center, departing around 7:00 a.m. and returning at 8:00 p.m. RSVP online.


All sessions will be held in Catlett Music Center, 500 West Boyd Street (Map).

Lunch keynote addresses will be held in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of the Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Avenue (Map).


Parking is available in the Elm Avenue Parking Center (Map), the lot behind Boyd House (Map), and the Union Parking Center (Map). Additional overflow parking with a shuttle service is available at the Lloyd Noble Center (Map).

Buses are available throughout the day to transport guests from the parking areas to Catlett. Buses also are available to transport guests to the Oklahoma Memorial Union for the lunch.

Public Transportation

Cleveland Area Rapid Transit offers bus service from points in Norman to the Norman campus. View routes and schedules at their website.

EMBARK and Cleveland Area Rapid Transit offer the Sooner Express bus service connecting the Norman campus with the OU Health Science Center in Oklahoma City, downtown Oklahoma City, and State Capitol. View the schedule at their website.

Earth Month at OU Events

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Past Conferences

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Professional Credits

Professional credits are available for members of AICP and AIA.

Additional Information

For additional information or accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact OU Public Affairs at (405) 325-3784 or