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About the Center

Course offerings and research in urban and regional planning have been in place at UTSA since Fall 1973. The first graduate level courses in planning were offered in the Division of Environmental Studies which was the forerunner of the College of Architecture and the College of Engineering at UTSA. Today, urban and regional research is a major part of the Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Program in the College of Architecture.


UTSA is strategically located to best serve South and West Texas and the Border Region. San Antonio’s highways and railroads are major connectors linking South and West Texas, the border region, and Mexico, to the rest of the United States. Culturally, San Antonio is a bilingual community with deep Hispanic roots with strong ties to South Texas

Research Collaborators


The combined strengths of Research Centers and Institutes at UTSA provide the capability to address a wide range of planning issues throughout South and West Texas and its Border Region. The Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research works closely with the UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development to foster economic and community development in the region. The CURPR also strongly supports UTSA’s community engagement mission.