GRA - Paterson - PT2050 Urban Planning

Awais Azhar is a Community and Regional Planning Ph.D. student and his research focuses on how financialization and racial capitalism intersect to dispossess tenants of color in Austin. He is a Potter Rose Graduate Fellowship awardee and a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Visual Communication and GIS course. He was previously a teaching assistant for the Qualitative and Participatory Methods, Foundations of Planning Law, and Engineering Communication courses. He has a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.

Previously, Awais worked as Program Manager for the Austin Community Investment Collaborative at HousingWorks Austin, focusing on affordable housing policy and research. Currently, he serves on the City of Austin Planning Commission, Austin Housing Coalition Executive Committee, HousingWorks Austin Board, ECHO COC Membership Council, Leadership Team of Planning Our Communities, and ACSP Inclusion Interest Group Executive Committee. In the past he has also served on the Equality Texas Board, Community Advancement Network Dashboard Steering Committee, City of Austin LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Commission, City of Austin Community Development Commission and as a 2017 Central Health Community Health Champion.


  • Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Master of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelors of Architecture, National College of Arts, Pakistan
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