Placemaking Conference 2015

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Mariela Alfonzo

Mariela Alfonzo

State of Place

Dr. Mariela Alfonzo is the president of Urban Imprint, the founder of State of Place, and an assistant research professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Alfonzo examines the relationship between the built environment and behavior, focusing on walkability, social interaction, sense of community, consumption behavior and sustainability within the context of retail, mixed-use and neighborhood revitalization.
Candy Chang

Candy Chang


Candy Chang is an artist, designer and urban planner who explores making cities more comfortable and contemplative places. She believes in the potential of introspection and collective wisdom in public space to improve our communities and our personal well-being. By combining street art with urban planning, social activism and philosophy, she has been recognized as a leader in developing new strategies for the design of our cities. She received a B.S. in architecture, a B.F.A. in graphic design and a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University. Inspired by the desire to improve her community and improve herself, she creates projects that collect our hopes, fears and stories in public space to help us lead better lives.
Carol Coletta

Carol Coletta

Knight Foundation

An expert on the development of cities, Carol Coletta joined the Knight Foundation in 2013. She previously was director of ArtPlace, a public-private collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking in communities across the United States. Coletta also has served as president and CEO of CEOs for Cities and the executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. She has written and spoken extensively on the future of cities, including how communities develop, attract and retain talent.
Karen Lee, M.D.

Karen Lee, M.D.

Global Health + Built Environment Advisor

Dr. Karen Lee, M.D. M.H.Sc., FRCPC, is a Global Health + Built Environment Advisor working with government and non-government organizations around the world on issues related to the built environment and chronic diseases. She serves as a special advisor to the World Health Organization on these issues. Dr. Lee directed the Built Environment, Healthy Housing and Active Design Program for the New York City Health Department, leading the writing, development and implementation of the award-winning Active Design Guidelines.
Vincent LoVoi

Vincent LoVoi

Mimosa Tree Capital Partners

Vincent LoVoi is managing partner of Mimosa Tree Capital Partners LLC, a Tulsa-based investment firm focused on socially responsible startups in Oklahoma. Mimosa Tree’s investments include the McNellie’s Group, which has grown to 14 local food and beverage establishments, and Scissortail Farms, an operation that will produce over 1 million heads of lettuce or leafy greens in a controlled, indoor environment grown with 90 percent less water and 90 percent less land than traditional methods. LoVoi also is publisher of This Land Press, which has been called “probably the best for-profit local journalism startup in the country,” by the Columbia Journalism Review.
Chuck Marohn

Chuck Marohn

Strong Towns

Chuck Marohn, PE, AICP is the president and co-founder of the non-profit Strong Towns. His background as an engineer and planner working as a consultant for dozens of cities and towns gives him an intimate understanding of how land use and infrastructure projects are designed, funded and built. His unique insight across traditional silos is what led him to start Strong Towns in the wake of the national  financial crisis that left so many local governments reeling from the sudden halt in development. A nationally sought after speaker, Marohn has given over 200 presentations to public officials, staff professionals and local citizens in the last five years to help them  find a new pathway forward.
Tripp Muldrow

Tripp Muldrow

Arnett Muldrow & Associates

Tripp Muldrow is a principal in the Greenville, South Carolina firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates, concentrating on downtown planning, community image building and economic development for small- and medium-sized communities. The firm has evolved a specialty niche in downtown economic development and community branding and has completed projects in over 300 communities in 30 states. Muldrow has served as president of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association, on the faculty of the South Carolina Mayor’s Institute for Community Design and on the board of the South Carolina Main Street Program.
Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy

Urban Land Institute

Tom Murphy has been a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute since 2006. A former mayor of Pittsburgh, his extensive experience in urban revitalization – what drives investment and what ensures long-lasting commitment – has been a key addition to the senior resident fellows’ areas of expertise. In 2011, he wrote Building on Innovation, a ULI report discussing the economic impact universities and hospitals have on local economies and providing detailed strategies to shape a successful 21st century city based on a private/public/university partnership. Murphy served eight terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives before leading Pittsburgh’s revitalization during three terms as mayor.
Gil Penalosa

Gil Penalosa

8-80 Cities

Gil Peñalosa is passionate about cities for all people. He advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age or social status. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, cycling and public transit. He is the founder and chair of the board of the successful Canadian non-profit organization 8-80 Cities. He also is an accomplished presenter and inspirational speaker. Because of his unique blend of pragmatism and passion, his leadership and advice is sought out by many cities and organizations. Peñalosa has worked in over 180 different cities across six continents.
Jeffrey Tumlin

Jeffrey Tumlin


Jeffrey Tumlin is an owner and director of strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility. For more than 20 years, he has led station area, downtown, citywide and campus plans, and delivered various lectures and classes in 20 states and five other countries. His major development projects have succeeded in reducing traffic and CO2 emissions by as much as 40 percent, and accommodated many millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. These projects have won awards from the U.S. General Services Administration, Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Congress for the New Urbanism and Urban Land Institute.
9:00 a.m. Introduction: Defining Great Places
Welcome, Ian Carlton | Execuctive Director, OU Institute for Quality Communities

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

Introduction, Dean Charles Graham | OU College of Architecture

“Why Places Matter,” Wilfred McClay | Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty

“Defining Great Places,” Mariela Alfonzo | State of Place

10:45 a.m. Session One: Inspiring Stronger Communities
Moderated by Shawn Schaefer | OU Urban Design Studio

“Fiscally Strong Towns,” Charles Marohn | Strong Towns

“Active Design for Healthy Places,” Karen Lee, M.D. | Global Health + Built Environment Advisor

Noon Lunch Keynote: Cities for All
Remarks and Introduction, President David L. Boren | The University of Oklahoma

“Cities for All,” Gil Peñalosa | 8-80 Cities

1:45 p.m. Session Two: Innovative Placemaking
Moderated by Hans Butzer | Director, OU Division of Architecture

“Parking in Livable Communities,” Jeffrey Tumlin | Nelson\Nygaard

“Place-Based Investment,” Vincent LoVoi | Mimosa Tree Capital Partners, This Land Press

3:00 p.m. Session Three: Implementing Positive Change
Moderated by Dawn Jourdan | Director, OU Division of Regional & City Planning

“Anchoring Quality Communities,” Tom Murphy | Urban Land Institute

“Branding Communities,” Tripp Muldrow | Arnett Muldrow & Associates

4:15 p.m. Session Four: Interactive Placemaking
Moderated by Mia Kile | Director, OU Division of Interior Design

“Transforming Our Cities Through Art and Design,” Candy Chang | Artist

6:30 p.m. Dinner Keynote: Innovative Placemaking
Remarks and Introduction, President David L. Boren | The University of Oklahoma

“Innovative Placemaking,” Carol Coletta | John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

OU Placemaking Residency

We extended the reach of the 2015 IQC Placemaking Conference by sending three conference speakers on the road in Oklahoma during the week of the conference. Gil Penalosa traveled with the IQC to Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Chuck Marohn and Tripp Muldrow traveled with the IQC to Enid, Lawton, Ada, and northwest Oklahoma City.

Placemaking Residency with Chuck Marohn and Tripp Muldrow

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Placemaking Residency with Gil Penalosa

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Professional Credits

Congress for the New Urbanism accredited members can earn one credit per hour. CNU-A members track their own hours and report when solicited.

7.75 AICP Certification Maintenance credits are available as follows.

Introduction CM | 1.5
Session One CM | 1.0
Lunch Keynote CM | 1.5
Session Two CM | 1.0
Session Three CM | 1.0
Session Four CM | 0.75
Dinner Keynote CM | 1.5

American Institute of Architects members can self-report for non-HSW continuing education credit at