Remembering Katie Wing, OU Urban Design Alumna

The OU Urban Design Studio community was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Katie Wing. A 2019 graduate, Katie’s optimism, determination, and joy were an inspiration to all who knew her. While at the Studio she fed her passions for community placemaking, environmental sustainability, and social justice.

These interests and her gift for working with people often put her in a leadership role. For instance, she recruited and organized over one hundred volunteers during the Chapman Green Placemaking effort. Likewise, she played an important role in the Liberation Cottage Design Competition for the Osage Forest of Peace Campus Plan.

Her professional capstone project focused on studying and transforming Tulsa Transit’s Downtown Transfer Station. After graduating, Katie worked for the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCG) as a planner and urban designer before stepping down due to illness. We spotlighted her internship with the INCG in Summer 2018.

She is survived by her husband Robbie, also an Urban Design Studio alumnus. Our deepest sympathies go out to Robbie and the rest of Katie’s family and friends. She was a brilliant light in the world, and we will miss her illumination.