Community and Regional Planning

Downtown Austin skyline
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.

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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    On Friday at 12:30 p.m., visiting professor Alex Schweder @schweder1 presents his lecture “Performance Architecture” as part of our Spring 2023 Lecture Series. <br />
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    On Friday at 12:30 p.m., visiting professor Alex Schweder @schweder1 presents his lecture “Performance Architecture” as part of our Spring 2023 Lecture Series.

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    More than 100 employers and dozens of students and alumni participated in @utsoacareers’ 2023 Career Fair yesterday. <br /><br />A big thank you to those who joined us - Cheers to connections, new and old, and all the bright futures on the horizon! <br />
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    More than 100 employers and dozens of students and alumni participated in @utsoacareers’ 2023 Career Fair yesterday.

    A big thank you to those who joined us - Cheers to connections, new and old, and all the bright futures on the horizon!

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    Alumnus Michael Hsu returns to campus this Wednesday, February 8 for his lecture “Generalities and Specificities,” taking place in the Goldsmith Lecture Hall at 12:30 p.m. Event details at the link in our bio. <br />
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    Alumnus Michael Hsu returns to campus this Wednesday, February 8 for his lecture “Generalities and Specificities,” taking place in the Goldsmith Lecture Hall at 12:30 p.m. Event details at the link in our bio.

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    Meet Tyler Swingle, our 2022-2024 Emerging Scholar in Design Fellow, who joined the school last fall.<br />
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    Meet Tyler Swingle, our 2022-2024 Emerging Scholar in Design Fellow, who joined the school last fall.

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    Winter is making a rare appearance so we’re reminiscing about warmer days 🌸 Y’all stay safe out there
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    Winter is making a rare appearance so we’re reminiscing about warmer days 🌸 Y’all stay safe out there

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    “Hill Country Lowlands” by Mason Brown for Hope Hasbrouck and Claire Eddleman Heath’s @texas.landscape Design Studio II // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner<br /><br />@masonbrow @topococo @claireeddleman <br />
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    “Hill Country Lowlands” by Mason Brown for Hope Hasbrouck and Claire Eddleman Heath’s @texas.landscape Design Studio II // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner

    @masonbrow @topococo @claireeddleman

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    “Architecture After AI” is an exhibition and complementary symposium that explores the potential of artificial intelligence platforms to revolutionize the field of architecture, from the way buildings are designed, to the conception of new forms and structures that were previously unimaginable.<br />
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    “Architecture After AI” is an exhibition and complementary symposium that explores the potential of artificial intelligence platforms to revolutionize the field of architecture, from the way buildings are designed, to the conception of new forms and structures that were previously unimaginable.

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    On Monday, Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien join us for our first Jessen Lecture of the semester! 5:00 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium. Event details at the link in our bio. <br />
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    On Monday, Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien join us for our first Jessen Lecture of the semester! 5:00 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium. Event details at the link in our bio.

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    Join us in welcoming this semester’s slate of visiting faculty teaching at the school this spring!<br />
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    Join us in welcoming this semester’s slate of visiting faculty teaching at the school this spring!