Ronald H. Frantz Jr.
Small towns. Old neighborhood business districts. Main Streets. Bungalows and brick buildings. Quirky road side attractions. Route 66. Highway 33. Highways 77….81…60…62….64…or any two-lane road. Classic cars. Diners and blue-plate specials. Local museums. Historic swimming holes. Landmarks. Courthouse squares. Antiques, pottery, recycled items, locally produced art. Front porches, outdoor eating areas, streets filled with people, sidewalks lined with merchandise.
During the last 37 years, Ron Frantz, a licensed architect, worked in over 100 Oklahoma communities to save important—and maybe overlooked—community landmarks and everyday places. Currently he works at The University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. His roles include serving as an Associate Professor with the Division of Architecture; working as the Coordinator for the Environmental Design Undergraduate Program; and being the Director of Small Town Studios with the Institute for Quality Communities. Here, he works with staff, faculty, and students to provide design services for Oklahoma communities of all types and sizes while exposing students to all things great about Oklahoma.
Kile, M., Frantz, R. (2018). “Demonstrating an Understanding of Lighting Design Theory Through a Multimodal Experiential Learning Project.” Decatur, Interior Design Educators Council, 457-458. (Published)
Frantz, R. H., Wallace, L., Ortiz, L., Bowden, R. (2018). In R. H. Frantz & L. Ortiz (Eds.), National Main Street Center’s Design Manual. Chicago, Illinois: National Main Street Center. (Published)
Frantz, R. H. (2016). “Rebuilding Oklahoma City: The Development of Automobile Alley in the Wake of the Bombing.” Social Science Quarterly.
Frantz, R. H. (2011). “Main Street Memories.” Souderton Telford Main Streets, PA: Introduction to book, 7-8. Introduction to book.
Featured Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research
Frantz, R. H., Hampton, S. (Principal Investigator), Mander, H. (Principal Investigator), “Bricktown Accessibility Review,” Sponsored by Bricktown Association, The University of Oklahoma. (November 17, 2015-March 19, 2016).
Frantz, R. H., “Local Sponsor for Oklahoma’s 26th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference,” Sponsored by Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, State. (2014).
2021 Gibbs College of Architecture Teaching Award, University of Oklahoma (August 2021)
2020 AIA Oklahoma Award for Community Service, AIA Oklahoma (October 2, 2020)
Provost’s Community Engagement Award for Outstanding Engaged Teaching. (Spring 2019).
Citations of Merit, Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office/Oklahoma Historical Society. (June 8, 2017).
2017 Oklahoma Main Street Legacy Award, Oklahoma Main Street Center, Oklahoma Department of Commerce. (May 9, 2017).
William Wayne Caudill Award, American Institute of Architects, Central Oklahoma Chapter. (April 10, 2015).
Preservation Leadership Award, Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (November 6, 2014).