Dr. Angela M. Person
University of Oklahoma
University of Oklahoma
MA, Museum Studies
University of Oklahoma
BS, Environmental Design, Minor in Geology
Dr. Angela M. Person is Director of Research Initiatives and Strategic Planning for the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma and lecturer in the OU Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. In her role as Director of Research, she supports the Gibbs College in leveraging its resources to drive development of thoughtful, sustainable and experiential solutions to the design problems of the future. She also serves as Diversity Liaison for Gibbs College.
Dr. Person’s research looks at relationships between social and material conditions and individual, community, and public identities. She teaches courses in architectural theory and criticism, architectural methods, environment and society relationships, political geography and human geography. Person earned her PhD from the University of Oklahoma, while studying in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. She also has a background in museum studies (MA), environmental design (BS), and geology (minor). In her free time, she enjoys designing furniture and interiors with her friend and D-Plei Design partner, Luisa.
American Association of Geographers, Member
Micieli-Voutsinas, J. and A. Person, eds. (In press; anticipated Fall 2020.) Affective Architectures: More-Than-Representational Geographies of Heritage. To be published as part of Routledge’s “Critical Studies in Heritage, Emotion and Affect” series.
Pilat, S., L. Guido, and A. Person, eds. (2020.) The American School of Architecture: Building on the Plains. Norman, OK: The University of Oklahoma Press. 2020. (Link)
Person, A. and J. Cooper. (2014.) The Care and Keeping of Cultural Institutions: A best practice guidebook for museum facility management. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. (Link) * Book awarded the 2015 IFMA “Distinguished Author Award”
Articles and Proceedings (Peer-Reviewed)
Person, A. (2019.) “Reading Pre-Statehood Muskogee: Racial-Political Discourse in American Indian, African American, and White Newspapers, 1905-1907.” Chronicles of Oklahoma, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Oklahoma Historical Society (91) 4. (Link)
Person, A. (2016.) “Interview with Hans Butzer and Torrey Butzer, Designers of the Oklahoma City National Memorial,” in Social Science Quarterly (97) 1, pp. 86-95. (Link)
Person, A. and Cline, T. (2012.) “Critical and hermeneutic inquiry: Constructing feminist/geographical/architectural discourse,” in the peer-reviewed Architectural Research Center Consortium and European Association for Architectural Education 2010 International Conference Proceedings, Rena Klein, Richard Hayes, and Virginia Ebbert, eds., pp. 570 – 577. (Link)
Person, A. (2011.) “Toward Participatory Interpretation: Cultural Geographies of Architecture,” in the peer-reviewed 99th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting Proceedings: Where Do You Stand, Annie Cormier, Annie Pedret & Alberto Perez-Gomez, eds., pp. 397-404. (Link)
Cline, T. and Person, A. (2010.) “Transilient Minds: An historical-anthropological approach to first year architecture studio,” Edinburgh Architecture Research Journal (32), pp. 21-26. (Link)
Additional Research and Projects
Environmental Behavior Undergraduate Research Lab (envlab.wordpress.com)
Co-director, 2017 – Present | Directing undergraduate research on topics related to environmental behavior, place attachment and risk perception.
The American School of Architecture (link.ou.edu/americanschool)
Research and Planning Committee Co-Organizer, 2016 – | Supporting research, coordination, and funding of exhibitions at 2018 Venice Biennale; OU Libraries (2018-2019) and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (2020), as well as a scholarly catalogue (OU Press 2020), and development of an archive as part of the University of Oklahoma Western History Collection.
National Conference Organizing
“Schools of Thought: Rethinking Architectural Pedagogy,” National scholarly conference held in Norman, Oklahoma, March 5-7, 2020. Lead conference organizer. (Link.)
“Creating_Making Forum,” National scholarly conference held in Norman, Oklahoma, November 5-7, 2014. Lead conference organizer. (Link.)
“Creating_Making Forum,” National scholarly conference held in Norman, Oklahoma, November 3-5, 2010. Lead conference organizer. (Link.)
Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals, Center for Architecture, AIA New York. 2019. (served as Faculty Advisor to student journal, Telesis) (Link)
University of Oklahoma Libraries ‘Library Partner Award’ for partnering on the “Renegades at Bizzell: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture” exhibition. 2019. (Link)
All-Around Staff/Administrator Award, University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. 2019.
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) Honorable Mention, 2016-17 Dissertation Award, for “Locating the Agency of Architecture.”
The University of Oklahoma Provost’s Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching. 2013 & 2014.
Editor’s Choice Award for the article “A work of art: The keeping of cultural facilities” in the Facility Management Journal (Jan./Feb. 2011 issue).
Featured Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research
Art Works Grant, awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, to create an online interactive database of American School archival works. Co-PI. 2020. $20,000. (Link.)
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grant, awarded by the University of Oklahoma Honors College, for the undergraduate research project “Gendered Expressions of Place Attachment near the Tar Creek Superfund Site” of Brooke Foster. $635.00.
Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Funding (2019)., with Dr. Peppler, for the research project “Public Perceptions of Water Reuse in Norman, Oklahoma.” $2,000.
Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability Research Assistant Funding (2019), with Dr. Peppler, for the research projects, “Gendered Expressions of Place Attachment near the Tar Creek Superfund Site” and “Greenwashing in the Beauty Industry” $4,000.
Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability Research Assistant Funding (2018), with Dr. Peppler, for the research projects, “Rural Recycling Analysis,” “The Social Construction of Urban Green Space,” and “Comparative Analysis of Federal Sustainability Strategies.” $4,000.
Oklahoma-NASA Space Grant Funding (2017), with Dr. Peppler, for the research projects, “Discourse Analysis: Reading the Diamond Pipeline,” “Imagining and Communicating Global Warming at Diverse Scales,” and “Place-Based Tornado Risk Perception.” $6,300.
Smithsonian Institution Doctoral Student Fellowship (2011-2013), for the research project, “Documenting Best Practices in Cultural Institution Facilities Management.” $70,000.