Chronister - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture


Lisa Chronister


Pratt Institute
Master of Architecture

University of Oklahoma
Bachelor of Architecture


Lisa M. Chronister, FAIA, AICP is the Assistant Director of the Oklahoma City Planning Department where she leverages her architectural expertise to influence public decision making, improving public and private development to ensure a vibrant, attractive environment for the entire community.

Before joining the Planning Department in 2014, Lisa worked for over two decades in traditional architectural practice, establishing herself as an accomplished manager of complex and large-scale projects, both new and renovation.  Working in Oklahoma and New York, she led the design and production of the full range of K-12 and higher education facilities, as well as numerous office, cultural, laboratory, athletic, and hospitality projects.

Throughout her career, Lisa has devoted her time and talent to teaching, mentoring, and professional service.  For the Division of Architecture, she has participated as a frequent studio juror, professional mentor, and as an adjunct instructor for 3rd and 5th year design studios.  Lisa’s professional service includes two terms as President of AIA Central Oklahoma, founder of the chapter’s Women in Architecture group, and as a longtime AIA representative to National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) visiting teams.  Lisa has been appointed to multiple AIA national award juries and committees and is herself a recipient of national honors, including induction into the AIA College of Fellows.

Lisa’s focus over recent years has been to encourage other architects to engage in civic processes. Speaking from her unique experience managing design review committees and as a former member of the Oklahoma City Urban Design Commission, Lisa makes national presentations that prepare Citizen Architects to become effective leaders within their own communities.

Professional Credentials

Registered Architect, State of Oklahoma, December 1997 – present

American Institute of Certified Planners, June 2019 – present

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (with Building Design & Construction Specialty), February 2007 – present

Selected Professional Experience

Oklahoma City Planning Department

Assistant Planning Director, November 2019 – present

Principal Planner, December 2014 – 2019

Principal, LWPB Architects & Planners, Oklahoma City, April 2010 – April 2014

Senior Associate/Senior Project Manager, Helpern Architects, New York, January 2006 – March 2010

Selected Presentations

AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, Minneapolis, MN;  Design Time: Time Management Strategies for Women in Architecture; 2019.

AIA Grassroots, Washington, D.C.;  Influencing from within:  Refashioning the City Architect in Local Governance, Boards, and Commissions; 2019.

AIA Leadership Institute, Washington, D.C.; National Broadcast, Inspiring Catalysts for Civic Engagement; 2018.

ULI Oklahoma, Young Leaders Mentor Lunch; 2018.

AIA Conference on Architecture, Orlando, FL;  Shaping Communities Through Design Review Committees; 2017.

AIA Conference on Architecture, Orland, FL;  Engaging a Diverse Workforce:  Supporting Employees Living with Disability; 2017.

AIA Oklahoma Fall Convention, Stillwater, OK;  Women in Architecture:  Shaping the Field; 2015.

University of Oklahoma, Institute for Quality Communities, “Streets for People” Lecture Series; Walking Between Two Cities; 2012.

Selected Honors and Awards

College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects, 2019

William Wayne Caudill Award, AIA Central Oklahoma, 2019

Young Architects Award, American Institute of Architects, 2003

Selected Professional and Community Service

Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture, Trustee, 2018 – present.

National Architectural Accreditation Board Visiting Teams, AIA Representative; 2007 – present.

AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design jury, 2018.

AIA and ASCA Practice and Leadership award jury, 2017.

AIA Diversity Council, 2016 – 2017.

Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2015 – 2017.

AIA Central Oklahoma Board of Directors, 2015 – 2017 and 1997 – 2003.

Member, City of Oklahoma City Urban Design Commission, 2011 – 2014.

AIA Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th Edition, Steering Group; 2011 – 2012.

AIA Gulf States Regional Honor Award jury, 2011.

AIA Young Architects Forum Advisory Committee, 2006 – 2007.

            Leadership Oklahoma City, Class XXI, 2002 – 2003.

“Citizens for the Golden Dome” Co-Founder and Activist, 2001 – 2002