Who We Are

Ian Carlton
Executive Director

Ian Carlton is the Executive Director of the University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities where he helps facilitate the IQC’s collaborations between students, researchers, practitioners, and Oklahoma community leaders. Dr. Carlton has previously advised governments, transit agencies, and other organizations throughout the United States as they considered urban development issues. His community engagements rely heavily on his diverse professional experiences in real estate investment, transport planning, economic development, and business strategy. Ian has worked at numerous scales, from the design and construction of individual buildings to drafting a citywide transit corridor development strategy for the Mayor of Los Angeles.

Dr. Carlton is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s TOD Product Council and a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Transportation and Land Development Committee. His academic research focuses on transportation and land use interactions, with a specialty in transit-oriented development (TOD). He holds a doctorate in urban planning and two masters degrees – city and regional planning and transportation engineering – from the University of California Berkeley and a bachelor of science in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Hope Mander
Associate Director

Umit Hope Mander is the Associate Director of the Institute for Quality Communities. She received her degree in Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design (2003) and Master of Regional and City Planning from University of Oklahoma (2006) while working for the University. Until rejoining the University of Oklahoma in 2008, 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. This included infrastructure evaluation, zoning, improvement of public facilities, reviewing development processes, subdivision regulations, and zoning ordinances, interpretation and application of policies and procedures as well as applying for federal grants and maintaining relevant grant documentation following approval.

In her position with the IQC Hope develops and maintains relations with Oklahoma communities and identifies communities who can benefit from IQC services. Her main focus is working with small to medium size towns and cities.

Hope and her husband Clive live in Norman.

Ron Frantz
Director of Great Plains Studio
Wick Carey Professor

Ron Frantz is an Associate Professor in the Architecture Division and the the IQC Great Plains Studio His research and teaching interests include historic preservation, Main Street revitalization, neighborhood revitalization, and community-based design assistance programs.

Ron has both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Architecture from The Tulane University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana. Since 1986, he has been a licensed architect in the State of Oklahoma. Previous work experience includes overseeing the physical restoration of the territorial capital, Guthrie, Oklahoma; serving as the architect for the Oklahoma Main Street Center at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce; organizing the reconstruction efforts for Automobile Alley in Oklahoma City; and initiating revitalization efforts in The Paseo Neighborhood in Oklahoma City. He is a founding member of the DesignWorks community-based design program and the annual Statewide Preservation Conference.

Shawn Michael Schaefer
Director, OU Urban Design Studio (Tulsa)

Shawn Schaefer is Director of the University of Oklahoma Urban Design Studio and a faculty member of the College of Architecture. Founded in 1988, the Urban Design Studio is an outreach program from the College of Architecture 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. Professor Schaefer holds professional degrees in Architecture and Urban Design. He is licensed to practice architecture and interior design in the State of Oklahoma and is board certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the American Institute of City Planners (AICP). He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional and an FAA certified, instrument-rated pilot. Mr. Schaefer is founding Principal of PLACES LLC, Oklahoma’s first urban design consulting practice.

For more information on the OU Urban Design Studio, click here.

Shane Hampton

Shane Hampton is a Fellow at the Institute for Quality Communities focusing on planning and placemaking projects in the Oklahoma City area. Shane Hampton graduated from the Master of Regional and City Planning Program at OU in 2013. His thesis explored how geographic information systems can be used to measure the quality of urban form and the success of interventions. Shane has been with the IQC since 2011 when he began working as a graduate assistant while pursuing his Masters degree.

Shane is interested in how urban planning efforts, from both professional planners and active citizens, can help Oklahoma towns and neighborhoods reflect the character of the state and become better places to live. His favorite topics in the field of planning include street design, placemaking, tactical urbanism, lighter-quicker-cheaper strategies, and mid-century urban form.

Bob Goins
Professor Emeritus & Senior Fellow

Robert Goins is Professor Emeritus in the College of Architecture and also serves as Senior Fellow in the Institute for Quality Communities. He holds a Master’s Degree in Regional & City Planning and a Bachelor’s in Architecture, both from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners. During his career, he has served on a wide-range of University committees as well as public service organizations for the City of Norman.

Robert’s recent teaching focus has been in the areas of urban history and design of cities. His professional practice has concentrated on residential subdivision planning and parks & recreational design. As part of the State’s Centennial celebration, he designed and oversaw the development of Legacy Trail for the City of Norman. In addition to his lifelong love of cities, he has developed a passion for the history of Oklahoma. He co-authored the fourth addition of the Historical Atlas of Oklahoma which received the 2007 Oklahoma Book Award for best non-fiction.

Robert and his wife Juanitta live on a quiet street near the University.

Anna Siprikova
Graduate Fellow

Anna Siprikova is a Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Quality Communities. She is a Fulbright scholar and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Regional and City Planning at OU. Anna has a background in Architecture, focusing on restoration and reconstruction and holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, both from Moscow Institute of Architecture based in Russia. Before coming to OU, Anna served as a senior expert at the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and was a researcher at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, where she was part of Senseable City Moscow research group lead by MIT.

Anna has a passion for graphic design and data-driven research. Her heart beats for visualizations that empower communities with knowledge about policy making and urban design. She is working on her thesis that explores the cultural and spatial characteristics of the Russian-speaking community in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Sam Shreder
Graduate Assistant

Sam Shreder is a Graduate Assistant at the Institute for Quality Communities and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Regional and City Planning at OU. Sam graduated from OU in 2011 with a degree in Political Science and has since worked as a nonprofit Grant Writing and Fundraising Coordinator as well as a Web Developer in Tulsa before returning to Norman to study city planning.

Currently, one of Sam’s greatest interests is investigating innovate ways web applications can be used to enhance a community’s collaborative input into the city planning process. Also, Sam is interested in exploring the role of the city planner in encouraging locally owned business development and vibrant, self-sufficient economies. Sam looks forward to the opportunity to work alongside and engage with various Oklahoman communities both bigger and smaller.

IQC Alumni

The IQC works with talented student interns and graduate assistants throughout each academic year. Here are the students who have moved on to promising careers or further education:


Jennifer Sylvester, M. Regional & City Planning ’14
Justin Phillips, B.S. Environmental Design
Klaas Reimann-Philip, B. Architecture ’14
Kyler Hallmark, B.S. Environmental Design
Leah Schroeder, B. Architecture ’14
Lisa Om, B. Architecture’14
Ying Li, M. Regional & City Planning ’14


Julie Tran, B.Arch ’13
Sam Day, B.Arch ’13


Ohm Devani, MBA ’12
Shane Hampton, M. Regional & City Planning ’13

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