OU Institute for Quality Communities

The mission of The University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society.

Founders

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OU President David L. Boren and First Lady Molly Shi Boren established the Institute for Quality Communities in 2008 to focus on the quality of community in the built environment. President Boren, who grew up in Seminole, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Boren, who was born in Ada, Oklahoma, have a deep commitment to the people and places that shape Oklahoma communities.

As President Boren expressed in his book A Letter to America, “Every decision should be made with the goal of increasing community.” To pursue this goal, we train students and connect citizens, professionals, and civic leaders with knowledge that builds on tradition to reshape towns and cities for the future.

Staff

Shane Hampton, AICP, CNU-A

Executive Director

Shane Hampton joined the IQC in 2011 and has served as the director since 2015. He leads a range of IQC projects and courses focusing on urban design, district planning, placemaking, tactical urbanism, and transportation in collaboration with partners in the College of Architecture and in communities throughout Oklahoma. He is a member of the Congress for New Urbanism, Urban Land Institute, Placemaking Leadership Council, and American Planning Association. He holds a master’s degree in Regional & City Planning and a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Hope Mander

Associate Director

Umit Hope Mander received her degree in Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and Master of Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma. She worked as a City Planner for the City of Newcastle from 2006 – 2008 where she was involved in all aspects of comprehensive land planning such as reviewing development processes and interpretation and application of policies and procedures. She joined the IQC in 2008 and serves as the Associate Director. In her position with the IQC she works with students and citizens, drawing from her training as a city planner and share experiences she gained by living in great cities around the world. Placemaking is a key message she shares with students and citizens. She also contributes to content development for IQC’s biennial Placemaking Conference.

She is a member of the Congress for New Urbanism, Urban Land Institute, Placemaking Leadership Council, and American Planning Association.

Ron Frantz

Director of Great Plains Studio, Wick Cary Professor

Ron Frantz has an extended background in revitalization efforts throughout Oklahoma. Ron led preservation efforts around the state as the architect at the Oklahoma Main Street Center, oversaw the physical restoration of Guthrie and the rebuilding of Automobile Alley in Oklahoma City following the 1995 bombing, and initiated revitalization efforts in Oklahoma City’s Paseo neighborhood. He is a founding member of the DesignWorks community-based design program and the annual Statewide Preservation Conference. Ron has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Tulane University.

Shawn Michael Schaefer

Director, OU Urban Design Studio (Tulsa)

Shawn Schaefer oversees the OU-Tulsa Urban Design Studio, with a three-part mission to train urban design professionals in Architecture, Community Planning and Urban Studies, to further the understanding of the city through research and creative activity, and to conduct community service projects benefiting Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma. Shawn holds degrees in architecture and urban design and professional certifications including NCARB, AICP, and LEED-AP. Shawn is also an FAA-certified, instrument-rated pilot.

Rachel Ware

Graduate Assistant

Rachel holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and is currently in the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Oklahoma. Her graduate research project is focused on green stormwater infrastructure strategies to improve watershed health in Oklahoma. Rachel enjoys having the opportunity to work directly with Oklahoma communities on a variety of projects.

IQC Students & Alumni

The IQC works with talented students, interns, and graduate assistants throughout each academic year. Here are current students who are helping the IQC and alumni who have moved on to promising careers and further education.

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Undergraduate Assistants

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Graduate & Undergraduate Assistants

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  • Virginia Addleman, B.S. Environmental Design ’14
  • Grant Bankson, B. Architecture ’15
  • Amber Conwell, B. Architecture ’14
  • Connor Cox, B. Public Administration ’15
  • Layne Ferguson, B. Public Administration ’15
  • Barbara Luiza Franco, B. Architecture
  • Luan Vinicius Juliao das Virgens, B. Architecture
  • Kyler Hallmark, B.S. Environmental Design
  • Ying Li, M. Regional & City Planning ’14
  • Aaron Lout, B. Architecture ’15
  • Zac Miller, M. Architecture
  • Scott Mitchell, B. Film & Video Studies ’14
  • Michelle Oliphant, B. Architecture ’15
  • Justin Phillips, B.S. Environmental Design
  • Amy Shell, B. Architecture ’14
  • Gabe Sevigny, B. Environmental Design
  • Garrett Stouffe, B. Architecture ’14
  • Caty Townsend, B. Architecture ’15

Graduate & Undergraduate Assistants

  • Shane Hampton, M. Regional & City Planning ’13
  • Julie Tran, B. Architecture ’13
  • Sam Day, B. Architecture ’13

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