Placemaking Conference returns Monday, April 1, 2019

The Placemaking Conference is a biennial event hosted by the OU Gibbs College of Architecture’s Institute for Quality Communities. It features leading experts on topics in economic development, healthy communities, city planning and governance, architecture and design, district management, public spaces and parks, and more. Click here to learn more.


Event Details

Monday, April 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Catlett Music Center – Norman, Oklahoma

Registration is required. Registration closes on March 15, 2019. For late registration, please contact Hope Mander, iqc@ou.edu or 405-325-2434.


Featured Speakers

Kennedy Smith of CLUE Group, one of the nation’s foremost experts on commercial districts, will speak about downtown and main street economic development.

Elena Madison of Project for Public Spaces will be joined by Jill Brown DeLozier of Downtown OKC Partnership and Laura Hoagland of Southwest Airlines to talk about placemaking partnerships that transform public space.

Mick Cornett, former Oklahoma City mayor, is the author of The Next American City and will join us to share ideas about how small- and middle-sized cities are positioned for success.

Dylan Thuras of Atlas Obscura will speak about the quest to document special (and sometimes odd) places around the world

Oklahomans Allison Bailey of Holiday Pop-Up ShopsLauren Nitschke of Waurika, and Kelly Tompkins of Main Street Enid will share their placemaking stories

Houston-based artist Rick Lowe, creator of Project Row Houses and other projects around the world, will present the closing lecture featuring highlights of his career creating revitalization efforts driven by art and culture.


Past Conferences and Videos

2013 Placemaking  Conference

2015 Placemaking Conference

2017 Placemaking Conference


To request accommodations, contact IQC staff (iqc@ou.edu).