Research studies mortality of residential shade trees

Dr. Yekang Ko’s article, “Factors affecting long-term mortality of residential shade trees: Evidence from Sacramento, California,” was published in Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. The abstract notes that the researchers “found that higher mortality during the establishment phase was associated with greater number of trees delivered and with planting in low and high net property value properties (compared to those with medium net property value). For the post-establishment phase, trees with small mature size those planted in backyards and those in properties with very unstable homeownership were more likely to die.”

Outstanding Student Project Award

Congratulations to our graduate research assistants working at the Institute of Urban Studies on the Palestine 2040 Plan! They have received notification that the project is a winner of the STaR (Small Town and Rural Planning) 2015 James A. Segedy Award for Outstanding Student Project from the American Planning Association. Julie Wyatt, Jack Rainwater, Cristine Baril, Jungsoo Kim, Yanikka Lemons, Kukhyoung Kim, and Glen Showers worked on the comprehensive plan for Palestine, TX, which is based on an analysis of carrying capacity and future growth scenarios, as well as extensive public input, and focuses on infrastructure and historic downtown investment toward economic growth. The award will be presented at the American Planning Association National Conference in Seattle in April.

Student Project wins award

Graduate Research Assistants working at the Institute of Urban Studies and in the Landscape Architecture Program, along with students from Dunbar High School, will be recognized with a Student Project Award from the Midwest Section of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association at their annual awards banquet in Fort Worth.

Under the guidance of Rhonda Fields, Special Projects Coordinator at the Institute, and Brian Guenzel, Director of the Institute, our students worked with the high school students to develop a proposal for the 2.3 acre Bunche Park, located adjacent to the high school, that feeds both mind and body.

Congratulations to Rhonda, Brian, and all the students on this successful project!

Alum receives professional excellence award

Alumnus Felix Wong (’83 MCRP, ’79 B.A. in Sociology) received the 2014 Susan H. Campbell Award for Professional Excellence from the Texas Downtown Association (TDA). Wong is the Director of Planning for Mansfield. The Mansfield News-Mirror notes that Wong “was selected for this honor based on his commitment to downtown Mansfield over the years, the impact he has made in his community overall as well as his professionalism and willingness to face any and all challenges.”

Alum, students win Texas APA Awards

A SUPA alumnus and graduate students were among the winners at the American Planning Association – Texas Chapter’s 2014 Awards:

Alumnus Doug McDonald (’09 MCRP, ’10 MPA), Senior Planner at the City of Plano, won the Chapter President’s Award.

Graduate students working at the Institute of Urban Studies won a Student Project Award (Honorable Mention) for their Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the City of Palestine.

Congratulations – we’re so proud of our students and alumni!

Alumnus publishes book on citizen engagement

Alumnus Dr. Basil Schaban-Maurer has authored a book, “Rise of the Citizen Practitioner,” based on his citizen engagement research. He holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from SUPA, a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from UTA’s School of Architecture, and a doctorate in Architecture, Urban Design and Urban Planning from McGill University. He is an Adjunct Professor of Urban Design at Concordia University, Principal of architecture and planning firm ARK Tectonics, and Director of the Urban Science Institute.