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Trevino's work in Texas colonias garners Women's Progress Award

Colonias work earns progress award for regional director

posted April 27, 2017
For encouraging women’s achievement in the workplace and striving to improve female work environments, Laura Trevino, regional director of the Texas A&M Colonias Program’s Lower Rio Grande Region, earned a Women’s Progress Award from the Division of Student Affairs.
Teaching, service earn AFS honors for two college profs, one staffer

Two college profs, one staffer earn prestigious honors

posted March 31, 2017
For exhibiting the highest standards of excellence in teaching and service, two faculty and one staff member of the Texas A&M College of Architecture are among 24 recipients of 2017 Distinguished Achievement Awards, presented annually by the university and The Association of Former Students.
Former CHUD director Van Zandt takes reins of LAUP department

Former CHUD head Van Zandt named LAUP dept. head

posted September 1, 2016
Shannon van Zandt, an experienced administrator, prolific researcher and professor of urban planning, becomes the new interim head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning in fall 2016.
Planning, sociology faculty lead students in summer NSF program

Undergraduates sharpen research skills in program

posted August 31, 2015
Undergraduate students interested in careers as planning or sociology researchers sharpened their research skills in summer 2015 with help from Texas A&M faculty during a 6-week Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
Students create boarding school designs, construction schedules

Students design building plans for Fort Worth school

posted May 28, 2015
To assist fundraising for a faith-based Ft. Worth boarding school proposed to serve economically disadvantaged youth0, Texas A&M students developed design concepts, construction schedules and operating cost estimates.
Students design, build ‘tiny’ homes for Austin homeless

Students display tiny homes on campus

posted May 6, 2015
Miniature residences destined to house the chronically homeless designed and built by Texas A&M environmental design and undergraduate construction science students were publicly displayed May 14 and 15, 2015 at Rudder Plaza.
HRRC identifying best practices in long-term disaster recoveries

HRRC identifying best practices in disaster recoveries

posted March 10, 2015
A research team from Texas A&M’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center is working to identify best practices in pre- and post-disaster planning in communities recovering from a variety of natural and man-made disasters.
TAMU disaster researchers pen four scholarly articles in JAPA

JAPA features 4 papers by TAMU disaster researchers

posted March 4, 2015
Texas A&M’s national prominence in disaster planning research is evidenced in the February 2015 Journal of the American Planning Association special issue in which four of the publication’s 10 articles were penned by Texas A&M faculty and former students.
Student-built tiny homes destined to house Austin area homeless

Student-built tiny homes destined to house homeless

posted January 29, 2015
Texas A&M students are building build two “tiny houses” — a broad term generally referring to residences 300 square feet or less — that will be donated to a group providing affordable, sustainable housing for disabled, chronically homeless people in Central Texas.
Planning students raise profile of Navasota community center

Planning students' event highlights community center

posted December 4, 2013
The Carver Community Center in Navasota, Texas, once the site of the town’s African-American high school, was the scene of “Navasota Neighborhood Day,” organized Nov. 23, 2013 by Master of Urban Planning students at Texas A&M University.
Top planning scholar, author returns to Texas A&M faculty

Land use planning expert returns to Texas A&M faculty

posted November 26, 2013
Philip Berke ‘81, widely regarded as one of the nation’s top land use planning scholars, is returning to Texas A&M in 2014 to rejoin the urban planning faculty and help lead the university’s Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities.
‘Designist’ discussed art’s role in transforming urban, rural sites

'Designist’ discussed changing urban, rural sites at Nov. 6 lecture

posted October 29, 2013
Frances Whitehead, a self-described “designist,” talked about how she combines art and design to help transform distressed urban and rural sites at a Nov. 6 public lecture.
Texas Target Cities helping communities plan for future

TTC helping small towns make plans

posted July 29, 2013
In partnership with Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas A&M College of Architecture is expanding its 25-year-old Texas Target Cities program that helps communities lacking resources and expertise resolve issues critical to their future.
CHUD awards 5 Mitchell-Dockery Prizes for public interest designs

Public interest design projects recognized

posted June 6, 2013
Five projects selected as outstanding examples of public interest design, which addresses social, economic and environmental issues for a community, rather than an individual client, were named by a jury of designers and social justice advocates as winners of the Mitchell-Dockery Prize in Public Interest Design.
Studies show social vulnerability mapping reduces disaster impacts

Mapping at-risk populations aids hazard mitigation

posted April 26, 2013
Emergency management planners could reduce losses and strengthen community resilience by mapping socially vulnerable areas and focusing hazard mitigation efforts where they are most needed, said Shannon Van Zandt, a Texas A&M urban planning professor.