Assistant Professor

Graduate Adviser for Landscape Architecture

Gabriel Diaz Montemayor is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the School of Architecture at the University of Texas Austin since 2013. Previously, Gabriel taught at The Design School of Arizona State University, Auburn University, and the Superior Institute for Architecture and Design (ISAD) of Chihuahua, Mexico. Gabriel holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Auburn University and the Architect title from the Autonomous University of Chihuahua (UACH). He was a registered architect in the Municipality of Chihuahua from 2003-06. Gabriel's research, teaching, and creative activities are concentrated in Northern Mexico and the Southwest of the USA. His research explores public space as a social and environmental integrator in the context of arid North America and the hybrid cultures of the expanded border region between Mexico and the US through the means of multi-purpose landscape infrastructure, mobility, water management, public programs/services, and housing. His studio teaching exercises collaborative design through joint partnerships with public institutions working on real issues and projects with students. Gabriel has organized studios with the Planning Institutes of Chihuahua, Nogales, Los Cabos, Hermosillo, and Saltillo in Mexico; and the cities of Phoenix, AZ, and Redwood City, CA. Gabriel also teaches the Landscape Technology I course in the MLA core sequence. Every other year Gabriel teaches a course titled Latin American Landscapes, studying public space in the region. Gabriel has taught studios, design workshops, and lectured in various Universities of Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the USA, including: Woodbury University San Diego, Tec de Monterrey (ITESM) Campus Chihuahua and Hermosillo, Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL), Universidad Marista de Merida, and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR). He has presented papers in conferences such as CELA (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015), ASEH (2011), ACSA (2008 and 2014), the National ASLA Annual Convention (2012), and CNU (2008). His work and writing have been published by Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM), Domus Mexico, AULA Journal, Progressive Planning, and Arquine. Gabriel keeps a small practice in Chihuahua, Mexico, as partner of LABOR Studio, where he participates in urban design, landscape architecture, and urban planning projects and research. The work produced in the studio has won professional awards at the Arizona Chapter of the ASLA, including the Tabalaopa Master Plan (an innovative, high density, low income development) and the Design Guidelines for the Urban Edge of Chihuahua.
Gabriel was recognized with the 2017 UT Austin School of Architecture Outstanding Teaching Award for Studio Instruction.
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  • Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from Auburn University (2007)
  • Architect title from the Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Mexico (2001)
  • Bachelor in Architecture from the Superior Institute of Architecture and Design of Chihuahua (ISAD), Mexico (1998)


"A Periphery: Issues of Landscape and Urbanism in Northern Mexico" by Gabriel Diaz Montemayor. Published in AULA Journal #6 "The New Mexico" in early 2013. 
"Discontinuidades en el desierto vacante" by Gabriel Diaz Montemayor. Published in DOMUS Mexico #05 "El nuevo norte" in early 2013. 
"Working on the Edge in Chihuahua" by Carolyn Deuschle. Feature article about Gabriel's work published in Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) in July 2011.
"The Edge in the Center" by Gabriel Diaz Montemayor. Published in LabReport #02 of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL) in 2008. 
"Nueva plaza en Ciudad Juarez" by Christopher Calott. Article about Gabriel's Benito Juarez Monument Square design in Ciudad Juarez. Published in Arquine Magazine #36 in 2006.

  • Landscape Architecture: focus on public space and landscape infrastructure
  • Urban Design and Planning: focus on housing, urbanization, and urban peripheries
  • Contemporary Latin American Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning
  • Resiliency and low income areas / informal settlements