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!

2015-2016 Scholarships open

Applications are now being accepted for scholarships offered through the School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Current applications are for academic year 2015-2016. A separate application is required for each scholarship. The deadline for applications is Noon, Friday, January 16, 2015.

For eligibility requirements and/or to apply, go to the School’s Scholarships page.

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.”

Nan Ellin appointed Founding Dean

Nan EllinNan Ellin, professor and chair of the University of Utah Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, has been named founding dean for a new college to be formed through the integration of the existing schools of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs at UT Arlington.

Prior to joining the University of Utah, Dr. Ellin served in a series of leadership roles at Arizona State University where she directed programs in planning, Urban and Metropolitan Studies and a doctoral program in architecture and environmental design. She held ASU faculty positions in Planning and Urban Design and in the School of Sustainability, the School of Public Affairs and the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. She is the author of numerous books and articles including Good Urbanism: Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places, Integral Urbanism, and Postmodern Urbanism.

She officially joins UT Arlington on Jan. 5.

Read more about Dr. Ellin’s appointment.