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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.
The Atlantic publishes Q&A with Newman on shrinking cities study

The Atlantic Q&A with Newman eyes shrinking cities

posted September 1, 2016
Once-vibrant Rust Belt cities are using scattershot approaches to grapple with growing areas of vacancy caused by population decline, said Galen Newman, assistant professor of urban planning at Texas A&M, in a July 20, 2016 article in The Atlantic.
College of Architecture names new executive associate dean

College names Jourdan new executive dean

posted August 25, 2016
Beginning in fall 2016, Dawn Jourdan, an experienced academic administrator, land use attorney and urban planning educator, will help lead the Texas A&M College of Architecture as the college’s executive associate dean.
College to honor outstanding alumni at October 14 ceremony

College to honor outstanding alumni at Oct. 14 ceremony

posted July 26, 2016
Seven former students from the Texas A&M College of Architecture who have risen to the top of their respective fields while making significant public service contributions will be honored as outstanding alumni during a Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 banquet at Traditions Club in Bryan.
Videos portray LAND and CoSci students at Costa Rica center

Videos portray LAND and CoSci students at Costa Rica center

posted July 25, 2016
New videos show Texas A&M landscape architecture students at the university’s Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica creating design proposals for additional center facilities and exploring the center’s surrounding 54,000-acre rainforest.
Planning professor, guests discuss what planners do in podcast series

Planning prof, guests discuss planning in new podcast series

posted July 21, 2016
Yu Xiao, an associate professor at Texas A&M, tells the public what urban planning is, and how planners’ work affects the built environment and society in “Planning and Design,” a podcast she hosts.
Student’s Bicycle Equity Index earns APA top paper honors

National group honors paper by planning student

posted July 21, 2016
A new planning tool developed by Rachel Prelog, a graduate urban planning student, helps transportation planners determine whether bicycle lanes enhance the mobility of residents who may not have ready access to automobiles.
LAND students’ plans to improve locales in Houston earn awards

LAND students’ plans to improve locales in Houston earn awards

posted July 21, 2016
Designs and master plans by Texas A&M landscape architecture students earned their makers most of the student awards presented at the 2016 American Society of Landscape Architects’ Texas Chapter convention.
LAND students’ master plans turn historic block into city destination

LAND students’ plans turn historic block into new destination

posted July 21, 2016
Three master plans by graduate landscape architecture students at Texas A&M turn a historic but mostly empty block near downtown Bryan, Texas into a new Brazos Valley destination.
LAND students garner first prize  in Houston bridge design contest

LAND students earn top prize in Houston bridge design contest

posted July 21, 2016
A stylish bridge design created by landscape architecture students crossing Interstate 10 in Houston’s thriving Energy Corridor District garnered first place honors in a design competition hosted by the district.
Smithsonian featuring exemplary post-disaster housing recovery program formed with HRRC help

Museum showcases HRRC-developed housing program

posted July 21, 2016
Texas legislators are investigating the benefits of RAPIDO, a pilot program developed with recommendations from Texas A&M Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, that dramatically reduces the time it takes to rebuild homes destroyed by natural disasters.
Ph.D. student’s team pitches idea on national innovator TV show

Ph.D. student’s team pitches idea on national TV show

posted June 29, 2016
On a national TV show, Kai Wu, a Texas A&M Urban and Regional Sciences Ph.D. student, demonstrated SwimART, a tiny submersible computer she and a team of entrepreneurs developed to enable competitive swimmers to monitor their statistics in real time.
Prof tapped to advise landscape architecture outreach initiatives

Professor to advise CELA publication committee efforts

posted June 29, 2016
With a 2016 appointee to the advisory panel for CELA, Jun-Hyun Kim, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Texas A&M University, will provide guidance to the group's communications, outreach and publications committee.
Rodiek inducted as CELA Fellow, Ndubisi named top U.S. educator

Profs Rodiek, Ndubisi garner high honors at 2016 CELA confab

posted June 29, 2016
Texas A&M faculty and students garnered several distinguished honors at the CELA Conference held last Spring in Utah, including the induction of Jon Rodiek into the council’s Academy of Fellows and an Outstanding Educator Award for Forster Ndubisi.
LAND students informed design of new campus teaching garden

Students’ design influences new teaching garden

posted June 15, 2016
A master plan developed by graduate Texas A&M landscape architecture students helped realize a seven-acre outdoor horticulture laboratory and demonstration space to be built on the university's West Campus.