2015 Speaker Archive

The Art of Collaboration – Oklahoma City, OK

Shane CoenShane Coen, ASLA, Partner - Coen + Associates, Minneapolis MN

For over twenty years, Shane has led Coen + Partners’ innovative practice, promoting the design vision and aspiration of the studio.  As a result of his leadership, creativity, and disciplined design approach, Coen + Partners’ has built a distinguished body of award-winning work that is widely-recognized as progressive and timeless. Shane’s studio has won numerous awards for landscape architecture, planning and urban design and is acknowledged by the AIA, the ASLA, the Committee on Urban Environment and the editorial staff of influential publications such as The New York Times, Metropolis, Dwell, and Architectural Record. The New York Times architectural critic, Anne Raver, describes Coen + Partners’ work as ‘pushing Midwestern boundaries’.

Shane’s work is recognized with multiple national ASLA awards, the Special Award for Collaborative Work from the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Chapter, as well as the prestigious Progressive Architecture (P/A) citation for the redesign of Mayo Plan #1, radical reinterpretation of a new residential community in Rochester, Minnesota. This award represented only the second time a landscape architect had received this honor in the competition’s fifty-year history.

In addition to his practice, Shane lectures extensively, including participation in a lecture series at the New School in New York and a sustainable waterfronts symposium co-hosted by AIA Chicago and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Shane has taught multiple studio courses at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) and has lectured at University of California Berkeley, University of Southern California, Princeton University, James Rose Center in New Jersey, and Portland Museum of Art.  Upon receiving an Emerging Voices Award for 2009, he was also a featured speaker for the Emerging Voices Lecture Series, sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Shane continues to focus on building collaborative relationships with influential contemporary architects, designers, and artists throughout the world.

Mr. Coen is the Keynote Speaker:  “Design dynamics of the Collaborative Method” and will conduct a Master Class with Students of the Finding Center.  Both presentation and class are on Thursday afternoon.
“Design dynamics of the Collaborative Method” uses the work of Minneapolis-based landscape architecture firm Coen + Partners as a case study to evaluate collaborative design methodology and the role of the landscape architect. CEO and founder, Shane Coen explains the design dynamics between landscape and architecture and how form geometry, materiality, and context establish a shared vision. A transect of past and recent project examples illuminate the evolution of the role of the landscape architect as lead designer and the bridge between allied professions including architecture, civil engineering and planning. Coen also shares insights on the transformation of his firm into an empowered office that emphasizes an internal collaborative design methodology and how transparency is a key factor to the successful Modern-day design practice. The course dialogue is centered around internal and external collaboration and effects on the built environment in regards to health and wellness, safety, functionality, sustainability and inspired design.

 

Mike AlbertMike Albert, ASLA, PartnerDesign Workshop, Aspen, CO

Mike Albert graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned a Master in Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. With a broad and award-winning portfolio, including multiple successful international design competitions, Mike contributes an experienced voice focused on both design and planning. Mike is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a board member on The Cultural Landscape Foundation. As a registered landscape architect, a national certified planner and a LEED Accredited Professional, Mike is currently managing projects and pursuing business development opportunities from Aspen, Colorado.

Mr. Albert will present “Collaboration through Stakeholder Engagement: Envisioning, Designing and Implementing Change in a Community…with a Community” on Friday morning.
Few landscape architects receive adequate training in stakeholder engagement. However, across both public or private sectors, most project efforts include some level of engagement. From public meetings and charrettes to committee approvals and facilitated sessions to traditional and social media strategies, these engagements are complex efforts that require extensive preparation, coordination, content production and communication in order to gain useful data and beneficial outcomes. Without proper planning, teams may face challenges containing such efforts within scopes and fees, resulting in high cost overruns and efforts compromised by inadequate time to effectively convene and conduct such engagements. Decisions from such efforts must also be defensible, able to withstand the critical eye of an outside observer and provide assurance that support has been garnered. The presentation will provide an understanding of how conducting effective and feasible stakeholder engagement processes will create efficiencies; ensure quality; provide clarity on how to set up and contain these efforts; demonstrate ideal work flows; anticipate outcomes to collect necessary results; provide examples of costs for different scales of efforts, and demonstrate how to stay within the parameters of a project’s scope and fee.

 

 Dr. Ian Carlton, Director – University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities, Norman OK

Ian Carlton is the Director of the University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities where he and his colleagues work with towns and cities ranging from 100 citizens to more than one million in population to help them achieve their physical visions for parts of their communities. Dr. Carlton is a transportation and land use expert focusing on the relationships between transportation investments and urban development. Ian’s research considers transit and land use interactions, particularly transit-oriented development (TOD). As Dr. Carlton helps governments, landowners, and community stakeholders draft and implement strategies that influence urban development, he leverages his professional experiences in real estate investment, transport planning, economic development, and business strategy.

Ian’s real estate experience spans the rehabilitation of historic homes in Atlanta, Georgia to 40-square kilometer TOD plan implementation in China. Ian’s consulting work with U.S. city governments is equally diverse, with projects ranging from optimizing local transit services in a town of 100,000 residents, to writing an integrated transport and economic development plan for a city of 500,000 citizens, to developing a Transit Orientation Strategy for a city of nearly 4,000,000 people.

Ian previously worked on real estate development finance research for the Center for TOD and managed real estate development initiatives at Central Atlanta Progress. He also worked at Bain & Company, where he consulted with Fortune 500 executives to develop data-driven business strategies. Ian also co-owned a residential property investment firm that carried out more than 200 transactions in the Atlanta area.

Ian is a member of the Urban Land Institute‘s TOD Product Council and sits on the Transportation Research Board‘s Transportation and Land Development Committee.

Ian has a PhD from the University of California Berkeley where his research focused on TOD-related transit planning practices. He holds two masters degrees from UC Berkeley – City Planning and Transportation Engineering – and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Carlton will present “TOD Urban Design Collaborators” on Friday morning.
Discuss of the critical parties landscape architects, particularly urban designers, should have at the table as they develop long-range urban designs, particularly TOD planning around proposed transit investments. Ian will discuss the overall planning process within which TOD visions are typically designed, define implementation success, share case studies of urban design successes and failures, and discuss the critical elements to successfully implement the long-range visions of landscape architects.


clark_mMichael Clark, Senior Project ManagerCity of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mr. Clark is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a Masters in Business Administration.  His primary responsibilities include administrative oversight of Project180 and he is the staff liaison to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Boulevard Project.   Previous to working for the City of OKC, Mr. Clark worked for the City of Edmond in a similar capacity.

With others, Mr. Clark will present “Project 180: A Conversational Analysis” on Thursday morning.
The initiative, named Project 180, is a $176 million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to improve appearance and make the central core of Oklahoma City more pedestrian friendly. Plans call for the addition of landscaping, public art, marked bike lanes, decorative street lighting and additional on-street parking spaces.  This session assembles landscape architects, project managers and materials suppliers to discuss the planning, implementation and construction of Project 180.  Through a structured conversation, the panel will focus on analyzing the successes and challenges of managing complex civic improvements.

 

 

MayorOKC

Mick Cornett, Mayor – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The son of postal worker and school teacher, Mick Cornett was born and raised in Oklahoma City. From an early age, his parents taught him the value of public service and encouraged him to keep the faith, work hard and dream big.

Today, Mayor Mick Cornett, the first four-term mayor in Oklahoma City history, is leading a thriving community that reflects the same principles.

He has been honored by various organizations and publications as the top Mayor in the state and nation – and an international panel selected Mayor Cornett as the second-best mayor in the world. Newsweek magazine called him one of the “five most innovative Mayors in the United States.”

Recently elected to a leadership position in the US Conference of Mayors, he is in line to be President of that organization in 2016.

He famously put the entire city on a diet to raise awareness on the national issue of obesity. His leadership helped bring the NBA to OKC. During his time in office, Oklahoma City has invested nearly $2 billion in schools and quality-of-life infrastructure through the innovative MAPS program. That investment generated nearly $6 billion in private sector investment. Today, Oklahoma City’s economy is one of the nation’s most robust.

Mayor Cornett is a popular national speaker on the topics of health and wellness, urban design, placemaking and walkable cities. His TED TALK on those topics has been viewed by more than 1 million people worldwide.

He earned a degree in journalism at the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from New York University.

He is married to Terri (Walker) Cornett and has three sons.

Mayor Cornett will address the group during the Awards luncheon on Friday.


James CrosbyJames C. Crosby, ASLA, Principal - Planning Design Group, Oklahoma City, OK

Jim Crosby co-founded Planning Design Group in 1985 with RandyHeckenkemper and has over 30 years of professional experience as a licensed Landscape Architect. Through his career, Jim has utilized a “hands-on” management approach from seeing projects from conceptual design through final construction.

Jim has worked in all facets of Landscape Architecture in both the private and public sectors through his career, but his passion has been large scale master planned communities and park and recreation facilities. He is also an avid outdoorsman and passionate about working with native plant material and natural eco-systems.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Oklahoma State University and has been a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects for his entire 32 years professional career.

With others, Mr. Crosby will present “Project 180: A Conversational Analysis” on Thursday morning.
The initiative, named Project 180, is a $176 million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to improve appearance and make the central core of Oklahoma City more pedestrian friendly. Plans call for the addition of landscaping, public art, marked bike lanes, decorative street lighting and additional on-street parking spaces.  This session assembles landscape architects, project managers and materials suppliers to discuss the planning, implementation and construction of Project 180.  Through a structured conversation, the panel will focus on analyzing the successes and challenges of managing complex civic improvements.

 

 

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Brian Dougherty, FASLAParks & Public Spaces Initiative – Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK

Brian Dougherty is a Licensed Landscape Architect in Oklahoma.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design in 1978 from Oklahoma State University, and returned in 1981 to earn a Master’s Degree in Trade and Industrial Education with an emphasis in Grounds Management.  Brian served 15 years with OSU in Oklahoma City as a faculty member and later as the Department Head and Division Head at the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center.

Since May of 1998 Brian has served as the program director of the Parks and Public Spaces Initiative and the Margaret Annis Boys Trust at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.  Under Brian’s guidance the Foundation has assisted in the implementation of numerous community beautification and environmental projects every year.  The OCCF Clean & Beautiful Schools project has also assisted more than 100 elementary schools in Oklahoma County with campus improvement and enhancement plans and continues to host the Landscape Maintenance Network Seminars twice a year.

Over the years Brian has accumulated a large collection of historic books, pictures and other publications documenting the value of planning, planting and maintenance of public grounds.   He often makes presentations highlighting and documenting the importance of parks and public grounds in our communities. Brian also co-hosted radio Garden Programs on both WKY and on KTOK every Saturday for 8 years answering gardening questions and discussing horticulture and beautification topics. Brian hung up his headphones to spend more time restoring 80 acres of pastures and native habitats at his family’s farm at Hinton with his wife and family.

Brian was appointed by Governors Belmon and Keeting to the Oklahoma State Board of Architects and Landscape Architects serving three terms. Following those appointments he served two terms as the Oklahoma Chapter Trustee for the American Society of Landscape Architects and completed his tenure as the National Vice President of Membership. He also serves as a Trustee for the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority, the Riverfront Design Committee, the Board of Directors for Automobile Alley and the Citizens Oversight Committee for the MAPS 3 Riverfront projects, OSU OKC Horticulture Advisory board and the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments Encompass 2040 Citizens Advisory Committee.   In July of last year Brian was selected and appointed back on the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Interior Designers by Governor Fallen.

In 1998, Brian was named as the first Landscape Architect, ‘Artist in Residence’ by the Oklahoma State Arts Council.  He co-authored a publication by the Community Foundation titled “Parks and Related Public Facilities in Oklahoma County: a Baseline Report” which received a state award through the Oklahoma Chapter of ASLA.  In 2007, Brian was nominated by the Oklahoma Chapter and inducted as a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects at the annual National Meeting in San Francisco for his service to the profession.  On November 12, 2009, Brian was recognized and received the Neighborhood Alliance ‘Board of Directors Honor Award’ at their annual banquet for his ‘continuing commitment to beautifying neighborhoods, parks and green spaces throughout all of Oklahoma City’.

Mr. Dougherty will welcome us to the conference on Thursday morning.

 

Nathan Elliott

Nathan Elliott, ASLA, LEED AP, Vice President & Principal - Office of James Burnette, Solano Beach, CA

Nathan Elliott is a Vice President with the Office of James Burnett in Solana Beach, California and has led the design and management of urban parks, corporate headquarters, academic landscapes and mixed use projects across the United States. Originally drawn to landscape architecture by his love for plants, Nathan’s role in the firm has evolved to reflect his passion and aptitude for public speaking, marketing and business development. A pragmatic optimist, Nathan enjoys the challenges faced by difficult sites, complex programs and challenging regulatory environments. Some of his notable projects include Klyde Warren Park in Dallas TX, Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City OK, Hall Wines in St. Helena CA and Northwestern Mutual World Headquarters in Milwaukee, WI. Nathan received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University.

Mr. Elliott will present Leading the Way:  Landscape Architects as Prime Consultants” and with others will present a “Project 180: A Conversational Analysis” both on Thursday morning.

“Project 180:  A Conversational Analysis”
The initiative, named Project 180, is a $176 million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to improve appearance and make the central core of Oklahoma City more pedestrian friendly. Plans call for the addition of landscaping, public art, marked bike lanes, decorative street lighting and additional on-street parking spaces.  This session assembles landscape architects, project managers and materials suppliers to discuss the planning, implementation and construction of Project 180.  Through a structured conversation, the panel will focus on analyzing the successes and challenges of managing complex civic improvements.

 

John Greenlee

John Greenlee, Principal - Greenlee Nursery, Pomona CA

An expert in grass ecology and champion of sustainable design. John Greenlee has made meadows all around the world. His designs are featured at such notable public spaces as the San Diego Zoo, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, and the Getty Center in Los Angeles. John Greenlee has also created beautiful meadows gardens in private residences all over California, the U.S., including Hawaii, Morocco, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. Many of his most recent meadow creations can be found adding to the beauty of Napa and Sonoma counties.

Mr. Greenlee will present “The Art and Science of Creating Meadows and Grass Ecologies” on Friday morning.
The art and science of creating meadows and grass ecologies. Learn the basics of designing meadows including: 1) The latest grasses and grass like plants in the nursery trade. 2) A review of how grasses grow and how they are maintained. 3) Tips for designing with grasses; common mistakes and mis-steps. 4) How to create meadow ‘fabric’. 5) How meadows and grass ecologies change throughout the seasons. 6) How to create ‘cornflower meadows’  and ‘edible meadows’. Its the rage in Europe. 7) “Meadow Sweeteners” How to combine flowers and bulbs to accessorize your meadow. Learn about some of the best plants for accenting your meadow. 8) How to specify containers. Contract growing. The benefits and how to avoid potential problems when contract growing. 9) Grasses on rooftops. See examples of successful grass plantings on roofs.

 


Scott HowardScott Howard, PLA, ASLA, CLARB, LEED AP, PrincipalHoward-Fairbairn Site Design, Oklahoma City, OK

As a Principal, Scott has created a firm known for its design creativity and ability to get projects built on time and on budget.  He has extensive design experience, having worked on many of the successful and notable projects in the Oklahoma City metro area.  His focus is to develop landscapes that are- sustainable, durable, useable and realistic in regard to maintainability.  His expertise is in the design of outdoor spaces that enhance human interaction with nature and the environment, enhancing quality of life experiences.

Scott is a 1985 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture.  After working for several years in the nursery industry, became licensed to practice Landscape Architecture in the State of Oklahoma.  He is also licensed in Texas and Arkansas.  Scott has been CLARB certified since 2001 and earned his LEED AP accreditation in 2009.

Scott founded the firm of Howard Site Design, Inc. in 1988, and later added a partner in 1995 (changing the name to Howard-Fairbairn Site Design, Inc).  Scott has been a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects since 1988 and was President of the Oklahoma Chapter in 1999.  He is still active with the chapter and is currently serving his second term as a National Trustee, representing Oklahoma.

Scott is active in the Oklahoma City community, having served as a Board Member for Oklahoma City Beautiful from 1999-2008 and is currently serving as Vice-Chairman on the Oklahoma City Arts Commission in 2008 (to present).

With others, Mr. Howard will present “Project 180: A Conversational Analysis” on Thursday morning.
The initiative, named Project 180, is a $176 million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to improve appearance and make the central core of Oklahoma City more pedestrian friendly. Plans call for the addition of landscaping, public art, marked bike lanes, decorative street lighting and additional on-street parking spaces.  This session assembles landscape architects, project managers and materials suppliers to discuss the planning, implementation and construction of Project 180.  Through a structured conversation, the panel will focus on analyzing the successes and challenges of managing complex civic improvements.

 

Blair Humphreys

Blair Humphreys, Developer - The Humphreys Company, Oklahoma City, OK

Blair Humphreys works for Humphreys Company, overseeing the design and development of Wheeler – a 150 acre mixed-use urban infill project on the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City – and serves as a Director of The Humphreys Fund. He has a Master in City Planning and Urban Design degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Oklahoma. He is a founding member of the Urban Land Institute Oklahoma District Council, currently serving as Chair of the statewide organization.

Blair and wife Maggie and family live in Oklahoma City’s Historic Gatewood Neighborhood.

Mr. Humphreys will guide the “Wheeler District Charette” on Friday afternoon at the OU Design Center.

 


Robbie KienzleRobbie Kienzle, LiaisonOffice of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Oklahoma City, OK

As Arts & Cultural Affairs Liaison for the City of Oklahoma City, Robbie Kienzle coordinates arts and cultural initiatives to further the City’s economic, tourism and community development priorities.   Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Kienzle served for four years as Head of the Urban Redevelopment Division within the Planning Department.  She has worked for the City for more than 16 years and has more than 20 years experience connecting arts, architecture and urban redevelopment to support the City’s growth and development.  Ms. Kienzle has also served as the Director of the Festival of the Arts, Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects, Oklahoma Main Street Manager for the City of Shawnee, and Visual Arts Consultant for the MAPS Library, Ballpark and Canal projects.   In addition to providing oversight to Oklahoma City’s Arts Commission, Kienzle’s Liaison post manages an existing public art collection of over 100 works of public art valued at over $10million.  She also coordinates support for Central Oklahoma’s arts and cultural initiatives and works with various departments, trusts and authorities of the City of Oklahoma City to carry out the One Percent for Arts Ordinance established by the City Council in 2009. Kienzle has been a guest presenter and lecturer at local universities, and various public meetings and conferences.  She is also a Planning Commissioner for the City of Shawnee in Oklahoma.

With Debby Williams, Ms. Kuienzle will present “Safer, Better, Smarter Public Art” on Friday morning.
Public art is an important economic and social asset for your City, and its safety, durability and maintenance is a critical part of the life cycle for public art.  At this session you’ll learn about methods of incorporating safeguards into a public art selection process so that your public art projects will last longer, be safer, and work better for your community.  You’ll also learn how to approach donated work using many of these same principles.  The session will wrap up with important care and maintenance recommendations from two public art professionals with a combined 50 years’ experience in the public art profession.


VictorMendezHeadshotVictor Mendez, Commercial Sales RepresentativePavestone Company, Grapevine, TX

Victor Mendez joined Pavestone in early 2003 and has been involved in the concrete paver/segmental retaining wall industry for the past 12 years. His primary focus is Oklahoma, N. Texas and E. Louisiana. Throughout his career with Pavestone Victor has achieved several certifications within the industry.  He is a member and trainer for the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and the National Concrete Masonry Association.

Victor received a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University Of Texas at Arlington.

With others, Mr. Mendez will present a “Project 180: A Conversational Analysis” on Thursday morning.
The initiative, named Project 180, is a $176 million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to improve appearance and make the central core of Oklahoma City more pedestrian friendly. Plans call for the addition of landscaping, public art, marked bike lanes, decorative street lighting and additional on-street parking spaces.  This session assembles landscape architects, project managers and materials suppliers to discuss the planning, implementation and construction of Project 180.  Through a structured conversation, the panel will focus on analyzing the successes and challenges of managing complex civic improvements.

 

Jack McMahan

Jack McMahon, Co-Founder, Executive Director – Wilderness Matters, Oklahoma City, OK

Jack McMahan has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in the insurance, marketing and sales management businesses.

Jack, an avid outdoorsman suffered a serious spinal cord injury following a bicycle accident in 2004 which left him a quadriplegic. Following his accident Jack began a successful consulting business for insurance agency owners and leaders.

In April 2012, Jack decided to blend his passion for business with a yearning to return to the outdoors by deciding to build a nonprofit business to tackle many of the obstacles faced by people with physical and developmental challenges. Today Jack is the Executive Director of Wilderness Matters, Inc.

Jack is a powerful communicator, a strategic thinker, a passionate trainer and well versed in all aspects of leadership, business development and relationship management.

Mr. McMahon will present “The Essence of the Experience” on Friday afternoon at The Skirvin.
Unlike the well-defined ADAAG rules for facility access, achieving program access compliance is far more subjective but no less essential. This creates challenges AND opportunities for landscape architects looking to expand services aimed at embracing a broader segment of an important population.

Nearly one in five US citizens is disabled. With a rapidly aging population more people may be joining this group looking for an opportunity to enjoy indoor and outdoor recreation and leisure activities.

This workshop will provide a dynamic and energetic juxtaposition of  “Facility Access” with “Program Access”. The presenters will illustrate why both elements are critical, why it’s important, and why professionals often overlook, or worse, ignore it.

The program will provide tangible examples of universally designed, integrated solutions by taking participants on a pictorial “walk in the park” where effective examples of how program access (including effective communication situations) is being designed for an iconic municipal nature park. Many of the tools and techniques presented may be independently or collectively applied at other recreation or leisure venues.

 

Michael Skowlund

Michael Skowlund, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP,  Senior Associate – Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Chicago, IL

Michael Skowlund managed the five-year development of SandRidge Energy’s landscape from design through construction. His interest in the intersection of landscape and architecture is expressed in a portfolio of large-scale urban projects that frequently involve landscape on structure, including the 9-acre luxury development Buckhead Atlanta and the redesigned Harlan Plaza for the Green Bay Packer’s Lambeau Field.  Michael serves as a guest critic and lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

With Aaron Young, Mr. Skowlund will present “Landscape is the Common Ground: Connecting city, site, people‐ and design disciplines at SandRidge Commons” on Thursday morning.
Landscapes shape environments and function as the connective fabric that weaves together matters within a greater whole. In multidisciplinary teams, landscape architects must exercise a high degree of teamwork to make a space truly integrated within its context. A six‐year long and continuing collaboration at SandRidge Commons applies practices that evokes the region’s rich history, tests microclimate strategies, fuses natural systems with iconic architecture, and recognizes the power of connecting people of private and public realms for the betterment of the community.


Debby WilliamsDebby L. Williams, Public Art Consultant – Norman Oklahoma

Debby Williams is a public art and design consultant working with clients such as the Oklahoma Department of Transportation on enhancements to bridges and sound walls and the Metropolitan Library System commissioning art work for their libraries.  In 2014 Williams worked with the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs to create the Public Art Collection Care Plan for the City of Oklahoma City.  She was previously Director of the Oklahoma Art in Public Places for the State of Oklahoma where she was responsible for creating the policies and guidelines for the state public art program in accordance with the enabling legislation. During her tenure as Director, over 200 works of public art were placed across the state.  Her work also included creating and implementing a maintenance program for state owned public art.  Williams has received two Oklahoma Governors’ Arts Awards and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma.

With Robbie Kuienzle, Ms. Williams will present “Safer, Better, Smarter Public Art” on Friday morning.
Public art is an important economic and social asset for your City, and its safety, durability and maintenance is a critical part of the life cycle for public art.  At this session you’ll learn about methods of incorporating safeguards into a public art selection process so that your public art projects will last longer, be safer, and work better for your community.  You’ll also learn how to approach donated work using many of these same principles.  The session will wrap up with important care and maintenance recommendations from two public art professionals with a combined 50 years’ experience in the public art profession.


Brent WallBrent Wall, PLA, ASLA,  Landscape ArchitectOklahoma City Parks & Recreation, Oklahoma City, OK

A landscape architect, horticulturist and urban designer, Brent Wall focuses on creating landscapes reflective of and responsive to the environments from which they are born.  Over the last 15 years, he has combined living systems and constructed places in the creation of parks, campuses, streetscapes, private estates and urban infill projects.

Brent has served as an adjunct faculty member for both the University of Oklahoma Landscape Architecture program as well as the Oklahoma State University Oklahoma City Horticulture program, teaching courses in plant materials and computer technology.  A seasoned lecturer, his recent presentations have focused on low impact development and horticulture topics.

Brent holds degrees in horticulture from Oklahoma State University and Landscape Architecture from the University of Oklahoma.  He lives with his family in Oklahoma City.

With others, Mr. Wall will present a “Project 180: A Conversational Analysis” on Thursday morning.
The initiative, named Project 180, is a $176 million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to improve appearance and make the central core of Oklahoma City more pedestrian friendly. Plans call for the addition of landscaping, public art, marked bike lanes, decorative street lighting and additional on-street parking spaces.  This session assembles landscape architects, project managers and materials suppliers to discuss the planning, implementation and construction of Project 180.  Through a structured conversation, the panel will focus on analyzing the successes and challenges of managing complex civic improvements.

 

aaron youngAaron Young AIA, Associate ParnterRogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers, New York City,  NY

Aaron Young is a registered architect with twenty years of experience in architecture and urban design at offices in Memphis, Philadelphia, and New York.  An associate partner at Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers in New York, Aaron led the design team for SandRidge Commons from early urban design studies through the project’s construction.  Over the last two decades, Aaron’s work has ranged from single buildings to the consequential integration of buildings and urban public space, from projects such as a ranch compounds in Wyoming to the public spaces surrounding the New York Stock Exchange.  Across this wide range of projects, his work focuses on a deep integration of the elements of architecture, landscape, and critical related disciplines that create atmosphere in urban space.

With Michael Skowlund, Mr. Young will present “Landscape is the Common Ground: Connecting city, site, people‐ and design disciplines at SandRidge Commons” on Thursday morning.
Landscapes shape environments and function as the connective fabric that weaves together matters within a greater whole. In multidisciplinary teams, landscape architects must exercise a high degree of teamwork to make a space truly integrated within its context. A six‐year long and continuing collaboration at SandRidge Commons applies practices that evokes the region’s rich history, tests microclimate strategies, fuses natural systems with iconic architecture, and recognizes the power of connecting people of private and public realms for the betterment of the community.

 

 

 

 

 

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