Erasmo Cantu is a  student in the Master in Community & Regional Planning program at the UT School of Architecture. Erasmo graduated with departmental honors from the University of Texas in 2016 with a Bachelor of Urban Geography and a minor in Architecture. He currently works part-time as a Planner/Designer for Austin-native Landscape Architecture firm, TBG.

Before coming to graduate school, Cantu worked for Texas Appleseed, a non-profit research organization focused on developing comprehensive economic development policies for the improvement of cities across Texas. As a public policy researcher, he published several reports including, Insights, Aspirations, and Action: Investing in Asset Building for San Antonio Families, in which through data analysis and focus groups, provide recommendations for stakeholders to boost financial health and asset building for San Antonio families.

Erasmo’s current research lies at the nexus of urban design, real-estate development, and land-use planning. In 2018, he received the Veselka Graduate Research Travel Endowment to conduct his thesis research at Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. His thesis entitled, Contemporary Latin America: Preserving the Urban Form & Identity of Plaza Egaña Through Urban Economic Theory and Urban Design Practice, deals with the question of how to preserve the social character of a community despite physical and economic change being inevitable.



  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Geography, University of Texas
  • Master of Science in Community & Regional Planning, University of Texas
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  • Urban Design, Real-Estate Finance, Economic Development, Land-Use Planning, Urban Morphology, and Latin American Urbanism