The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

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Kent Butler

1951 - 2011
Memorial Symposium

The University of Texas at Austin
School of Architecture
310 Inner Campus Drive Stop B7500
Austin, TX 78712-1009


B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1973
M.S., 1976
Ph.D., 1977

Member, A.P.A.

areas of interest

Infrastructure Planning and Development; Metropolitan Scale Planning and Management of Growth; Water Resources Planning; Innovative Methods to Protect Biodiversity in the Context of Urban Development
In recent years, Professor Butler has obtained over $3 million in grants and contracts for urban and environmental planning research and programs, ranging in scale from park planning to statewide growth policy studies. He maintains an active and applied research program in water resources, environmental and land use planning. Current or recent projects include regional visioning and planning for the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, evaluative studies of the Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Act, feasibility and development of urban rainwater collection systems, planning assessment of the Texas Urban Triangle as a mega-region. In addition, he has presented invited papers, lectures, and radio and television programs on the issues of sustainable development and adaptive management in regional planning. Professor Butler's previous major activities include regional water planning and creation of a groundwater management district for the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer, and development of a regional habitat conservation plan for endangered species in the Balcones Canyonlands of central Texas.