Community and Regional Planning

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COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING
How to Apply

The Graduate Program in Community and Regional Planning (CRP) is housed within The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture (UTSOA). Our program draws upon the full resources of a top-ranked, tier-1 research university, and offers a course of study that combines cutting-edge research and practice where students engage in real-world projects.

The CRP Program provides its graduates with the theoretical foundations, specific skills, and practical experience to succeed in professional planning and related policy careers. We strive to create a diverse student body and program and are deeply committed to building a professional planning community that resembles the communities in which our students and faculty work.

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE

We are a small and friendly program of about 100 graduate students housed in a major tier-1 research university, with a student-faculty ratio under 9:1. Our program has a strong focus on sustainable development processes and practices. We seek development paths that balance growth with improved environmental performance while expanding opportunities for all segments of the community. Planning faculty and students are involved in an array of innovative research and practice activities in sustainability through our major research center, the Center for Sustainable Development, and our program also carries out exciting research and project work in our local community and around the world.

AUSTIN IS OUR LABORATORY

Our program is located in one of the most vibrant and fast-growing cities in the country, providing students with a bounty of interesting and exciting things to do. The city and surrounding region also offer a unique breadth of real-life planning challenges and serves as a laboratory for our courses and research projects. In addition to local planning decisions, Austin, as the state capital, is the central forum for state-level issues. The result is a unique setting for community and regional planning, where there are diverse opportunities for planning-related academic study and engagement, and an attractive job market for planners and for a variety of allied professions.

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Community and Regional Planning

DEGREES + PROGRAMS

The Community and Regional Planning Program at the University of Texas at Austin offers six graduate-level degree programs as well as a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning. 

GRADUATE PH.D.

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning [MSCRP]

MSCRP + Master of Science in Sustainable Design

MSCRP + Master of Science in Urban Design

MSCRP + Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

MSCRP + Master of Public Affairs

MSCRP + Doctor of Jurisprudence

Ph.D, in Community and Regional Planning

CITY FORUM LECTURE SERIES

City Forum is a planning and urban issues speaker series intended to provide a space for open, critical dialogue regarding crucial planning-related issues in Austin and elsewhere. The speaker series is intended to encourage discussion of diversity, multiple publics, and social change.

COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING WORK

Click on images below for more information on CRP projects.

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    This summer, two Community &amp; Regional Planning students @vickierbelcher and @arfar.razi (second from left and right) competed in the final round of the Nature-based Future Challenge competition.<br>
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    This summer, two Community & Regional Planning students @vickierbelcher and @arfar.razi (second from left and right) competed in the final round of the Nature-based Future Challenge competition.

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    In the most recent issue of @txarchitects Magazine, SOA alumnus and contributing writer Cole Von Feldt @cole_v profiled several of SOA’s design-build studios which “serve as a bridge between academia and practice, better preparing students for architecture beyond the academic setting.”<br>
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    In the most recent issue of @txarchitects Magazine, SOA alumnus and contributing writer Cole Von Feldt @cole_v profiled several of SOA’s design-build studios which “serve as a bridge between academia and practice, better preparing students for architecture beyond the academic setting.”

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    Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Practice @juanasalcedoo, who received a 2024 @grahamfoundation grant to fund her exhibition “Jaguar Lens.” <br>
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    Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Practice @juanasalcedoo, who received a 2024 @grahamfoundation grant to fund her exhibition “Jaguar Lens.”

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    Congratulations to Master of Interior Design student Winnie Lin @winnlin (MID ’25) who was recognized by @asid_hq as one of only three 2024 Student Portfolio Competition award winners selected from submissions across the US and Canada!<br>
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    Congratulations to Master of Interior Design student Winnie Lin @winnlin (MID ’25) who was recognized by @asid_hq as one of only three 2024 Student Portfolio Competition award winners selected from submissions across the US and Canada!

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    We are pleased to announce this year’s Design Excellence Award winners! Thirty-five projects, completed by 50 different students, were selected for the 2023-2024 awards out of more than 140 nominations spanning the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters.
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    We are pleased to announce this year’s Design Excellence Award winners! Thirty-five projects, completed by 50 different students, were selected for the 2023-2024 awards out of more than 140 nominations spanning the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters.

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    We miss you already 🥹
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    We miss you already 🥹

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    Congrats, UTSOA grads! We can’t wait to see how you change the world 🤘
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    Congrats, UTSOA grads! We can’t wait to see how you change the world 🤘

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    Hats off to our grads! 🎓 <br /><br />We’re so excited to celebrate you tomorrow! Students should check-in in Goldsmith Hall no later than 1:00 pm. More at the link in our bio. <br /><br />#UTGrad24 #UTSOA
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    Hats off to our grads! 🎓

    We’re so excited to celebrate you tomorrow! Students should check-in in Goldsmith Hall no later than 1:00 pm. More at the link in our bio.

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    Congratulations to alums Joseph James (M.Arch ’18) and Diego Zubizarreta Otero (M.Arch ’20) whose design collective, @partnersofplace, was named one of the six 2024 @archleague League Prize winners!<br>
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    Congratulations to alums Joseph James (M.Arch ’18) and Diego Zubizarreta Otero (M.Arch ’20) whose design collective, @partnersofplace, was named one of the six 2024 @archleague League Prize winners!