Sofola - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture


Gina A. Sofola


University of Oklahoma
MS, Regional and City Planning

Oklahoma State University
BS, Industrial Engineering and Management


Gina Sofola is an Affiliate Faculty Member of the Regional and City Planning School within the Gibbs College of Architecture.  In practice she is the President and Principal Consultant for, Sofola and Associates, Inc., a project management and planning consulting firm and co-founder of BlackSpace Oklahoma, a 501c3 providing planning resources to African American communities throughout Oklahoma. With over 30 years of experience specializing in all aspects of Project Planning from strategic to post construction, she has managed private and public development and construction projects around the country and worked as a Project Engineer for Fortune 500 Companies , Municipalities, and Private Developers.  Passionate about good urban form and the components that make for quality of life within urban environments her training gives her an eye towards how humans interact with the built environment.  She seeks out opportunities to shape transportation, environmental, and international planning initiatives affecting underserved communities.  She is dedicated to the preservation of historic and cultural resources, especially within African American Communities and is passionate about planning scenarios that seek to protect, conserve and enhance greenspace within communities. She believes historic preservation and environmental conservation are two sides of the same coin and within the context of urban development should always be a priority. Her overarching desire is to build capacity within these communities and bring understanding around the relationship between physical planning and economics.

Conference Panel Presentations

EPSCoR Women in Science Conference Speaker on Topic “Women in Construction EPA Community Involvement”

National Conference Facilitator Workshop: “Turning Dreams into Reality”

Region 6 Brownfield Conference Presenter, Page Woodson – Community Dreams into Realty

Zarrow Symposium Speaker, Women of NE Oklahoma City PhotoVoice Project

Peer Reviewed Articles (Co-Authored)

Harris, John C., et al (2018).  African American Women’s Perspectives on Neighborhood Safety: Evidence from the Women of Northeast Oklahoma City Photovoice Project

Select Projects

Women of NE Oklahoma City Photo Voice Research and Engagement Project– Intersection of Race, Gender, and the Built Environment

Capitol Hill Assets Video Story OKC

Family Legacy Children’s Village Phase II Master Plan – OU College of Architecture Service Learning/RCPL Capstone Project

BlackSpace Oklahoma Northeast Storytelling Project