Shawn Michael Schaefer is Director of the University of Oklahoma Urban Design Studio and a faculty member in the College of Architecture. Founded in 1988, the Urban Design Studio is an outreach program with a three-part mission to train urban design professionals in Architecture, Community Planning and Urban Studies, to further the understanding of the city through research and creative activity and to conduct community service projects benefiting Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma. The Urban Design Studio is a founding member of the Community Outreach Partnership Center at OU-Tulsa. Professor Schaefer holds professional degrees in Architecture and Urban Design. He is licensed to practice architecture and interior design in the State of Oklahoma. He is board certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional. He is also a founding Principal of PLACES LLC, an urban design consulting practice.