June 10th, 2014
Illinois River Stream Restoration Field Tour
on June 25 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm in and around Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
We will tour 8 of the 11 sites that were restored as part of our natural stream restoration demonstrations and workshops in the summer of 2012. Many of you have had the opportunity to see these sites at installation and one into the installations. This will give everyone the opportunity to personally assess their progress (or see them for the first time!). We will also have onsite discussions on the form and function of the restorations at each of the restorations. Attendance will be limited to 60 and lunch will be provided. A special thanks goes out to the TTAP program for sponsoring the bus and lunch.
We will have a 12-passenger van leaving from Stillwater at 6:00am, and a tour bus leaving from the main OSU-Tulsa parking lot at 7:30am sharp on the morning of June 25. The bus will leave Tahlequah at 4pm, with expected arrival in Tulsa at 5:30pm. The 12-passenger van will return to Stillwater by 7pm.
To register, please email Jason Vogel at email@example.com and Alex McLemore at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, June 22, 2014. Earlier registration would be appreciated so that we can plan meals. We look forward to seeing you there.
Please forward this if you know of others who may be interested. For background information and some pictures of the sites, please visit this web site: http://lid.okstate.edu/natural-stream-restoration
January 24th, 2014
Call for Papers and Interactive Poster Sessions- finding center conference
January 7th, 2013
Central States ASLA Conference Call For Award Submissions
November 22nd, 2013
Guthrie Mayor issues Commendation for Collaborative Studio
Last week, the mayor of Guthrie issued a Mayoral Commendation to the College of Architecture Divisions of Regional and City Planning (RCPL) and Landscape Architecture (LA) for their support during the recent Gentlemen of the Road music tour and arts festival.
In the notice Mayor Mark Spradlin notes that the group, led by Dr. John Harris and Dr. Thomas Woodfin, provided volunteer support and compiled survey information. The RCPL and LA students who make up the Comprehensive Studio gathered 546 survey participant responses to start the process of analysis based on the needs outlined in comprehensive plans for the city.
The two-day event was an excellent venue to gather a broad collection of opinions from both citizens and visitors. Patrick Glasson, a RCPL student who participated in the surveys, reflected on the diversity, “The experience was incredibly unique, small town meets major downtown festival. I have never met so many people from all over the country in one day. While giving the survey I met a couple from Portland, and literally immediately after concluding the interview I turned around and met a couple from a neighborhood in Brooklyn a few miles from my home town.”
Students Lei Guo, Qi Zhou and Ying Li made up a group dedicated to shadow analysis. They noticed the frequency of complaints about the lack of shade in parts of the venue and were able to focus their questions on the issue. Li said, “Guthrie wants to be a music town in the future, which means there will be a lot of outdoor activities. This shadow analysis helps Guthrie identify the best season for future outdoor activities, and the most and least comfortable zones. Based on this analysis, Guthrie can choose their outdoor activity dates and try to improve their less comfortable zones.”
The information gathering didn’t stop with just festival-goers, however. Bryce Frost, a LA student part of the Lessons Learned group, said, “We also wanted to get the perspective of those who had a role in putting on the event. The respondents we interviewed consisted of local business owners, street vendors, private citizens, city officials, the Chamber of Commerce, and other visiting city leaders.”
The group developed four areas to showcase for future event planning, including Oklahoma weather, clear communication, event organization/logistics and keeping the city on board. They asked questions like “What do you know now that you wish you knew then and what would you do differently?” and “What will your lasting impression be for the event, and how will the legacy of the event change Guthrie moving forward?”
Following the music show and arts festival, the students used what they had gathered to work out plans for the economic development potential and specific urban design proposals to further, in Mayor Spradlin’s words, “the City of Guthrie’s 2014 goals to accommodate long-term infrastructure, create and sustain a diversity of recreational, educational and cultural opportunities that enrich the lives of our citizens and visitors.”
The group then attended this month’s Guthrie City Council meeting where they were invited to present their proposals to citizens and city officials. “It was very well received and the students did a great job presenting. You can see it in their smiles,” said Thomas Woodfin, director of the Division of Landscape Architecture.
Multidisciplinary projects like these allow them to develop collaborative skills they’ll need in their fields. Li said of her shadow analysis group, “With two students from planning and one in landscape, each of us needed to be a good listener as well as a persuasive speaker. This project also helped us develop stronger problem-solving abilities.” She also said she enjoyed the experience and would like to continue with similar projects in the future. Additionally these special projects enrich the student experience by giving them a chance to better understand the consequences of planning and how the infrastructure of a municipality can make a difference in citizens’ everyday lives.Frost noted the complicated nature of large-scale event planning, “It is hard to tell from the outside, how many factors and players join into planning an event in a city, but this really helped to see how communication and coordination occurs when a city, its citizens and outside production companies collaborated on planning a national music festival.” He went on to say, “This event was a great example how one large event can help transform a city socially and economically, and give it an identity moving forward that sells it as an entrainment district. " Conor Cummings, another member of the Lessons Learned group, also expressed positivity when it comes to Guthrie’s future, "I hope this project helps the city and citizens of Guthrie carry the momentum from the Gentlemen of the Road event to further develop their identity as a regional destination for entertainment tourism."
November 22nd, 2013
For Immediate Release - August 6, 2013
Brian Dougherty appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to State Board
Dougherty to serve on Board of Governors of the Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Interior Designers
OKLAHOMA CITY- Brian Dougherty, a program officer at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, has been appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to the Board of Governors of the Licensed Architects, Landscape Architects and Registered Interior Designers. Mr. Dougherty's term runs through July 1, 2018.
The mission of the board is to protect the citizens of Oklahoma by regulating and promoting quality practice in the professions of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design. This is Mr. Dougherty's fourth term on the board. He was previously appointed by Gov. Henry Bellmon and served from 1988-92. Gov. Frank Keating appointed Mr. Dougherty to consecutive terms beginning in 1995 and ending 2003.
"I am honored to once again serve on this distinguished board," Dougherty says. "I look forward to working with my fellow board members to further the professionalism of each of the industries we represent."
Mr. Dougherty is a licensed landscape architect and a fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Prior to joining the Oklahoma City Community Foundation staff in 1998, Mr. Dougherty had served 15 years at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City initially as a faculty member and eventually as the division head of the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center. In his role as a program officer at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Mr. Dougherty oversees the Margaret Annis Boys Trust, a program that supports beautification projects in public lands in Oklahoma County, and the Parks & Public Spaces Initiative that supports beautification projects in central Oklahoma.
In addition to his duties with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Mr. Dougherty serves as a trustee for the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority, MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board for the Oklahoma River and is an Automobile Alley board member.
In 1998, Mr. Dougherty was the first landscape architect to be selected as an Artist in Residence by the Oklahoma State Arts Council. In 2009, the Central Oklahoma Neighborhood Alliance presented him with the organization's Board of Directors Honor Award for his commitment to beautifying neighborhoods, parks and green spaces throughout the community.
September 20th, 2013
OSU Students participate in parking day.