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Ian Caine

Director, Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research
Associate Professor

Ian Caine is a registered architect and urban designer who studies the forms, processes, and impacts of urban growth.

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Ian Caine is an associate professor of Architecture and Director of the UTSA Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research. A registered architect, he holds a SMArchS degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also earned a B.A. in Political Science and M.Arch from Washington University, where he received the AIA School Medal & Certificate of Merit.

Caine is a dedicated educator, having received the  2017 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award, 2017 UT Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, 2016 UTSA President’s Distinguished Teaching Award and  2017 CACP Outstanding Teaching Award, as well as selection for the  Architecture 2030 Pilot Curriculum Project, which highlighted a curriculum developed with Dr. Rahman Azari as one of seven nationwide that “transform the culture of sustainable design education.” In 2018 Caine was visiting faculty in urban design at Washington University.

Caine’s research explores the form, processes, and impacts of metropolitan and megaregional expansion. The work appears in  Log, MONU, Scenario, Housing Studies, Sustainability, The Architect’s Newspaper, Arqa,and  Competitions and has received coverage in popular press outlets such as  The Discovery Channel, NYTimes.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, Metropolis P/O/V, and  Texas Public Radio. Caine is also a Researcher at the Spatial History Project at Stanford University, where he is leading an effort to create an interactive timeline of suburban expansion for San Antonio.

Caine’s urban designs with colleague Derek Hoeferlin received an honorable mention in the  Dry Futures competition, were selected as a finalist in the  Build-a-Better-Burb competition, and were awarded one of six winning entries in the Rising Tides competition. At the architectural scale, Caine has received multiple AIA awards for built and unbuilt projects. His drawings and designs have been exhibited in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen, Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.


Greg Griffin

Assistant Professor

Dr. Greg P. Griffin is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, focusing on transportation, public participation, and health. He has over a decade of experience as a planner in Texas.

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Dr. Greg P. Griffin is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, focusing on transportation, public participation, and health. He has over a decade of experience as a planner in Texas. A Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellow, his doctoral program was in Community and Regional Planning at The University of Texas at Austin. He is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, continuously since 2005.

His research involves how planners and publics work together with technology through three related topics of crowdsourcing, urban sensing, and co-production. First, he evaluates the impact of crowdsourcing in urban planning, such as whether online public suggestions for bike share stations influenced their eventual placement. Second, he explores new approaches in urban sensing, including the role of street noise in traffic safety. Finally, his work contributes to co-productive planning theory, re-thinking public participation that emphasizes action. Dr. Griffin’s recent work is published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Transportation Research Record, and in popular outlets including the Chicago Tribune.

Dr. Griffin’s teaching fosters inclusive excellence for tomorrow’s planning leaders with diverse theoretical perspectives and emerging planning techniques. He orients classwork toward pragmatic sustainability and justice, and values learning new perspectives from students and graduate advisees.


Esteban López Ochoa

Assistant Professor

Dr. Esteban Lopez Ochoa is an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning who specializes in regional, urban, and labor analytics.

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Dr. Esteban Lopez Ochoa’s research seeks to take advantage of the wider availability of “bigger” data to examine housing, labor, and education issues that contribute to the unjust burden of spatial inequalities in our communities, both in the U.S. and Latin American contexts. Before joining UTSA, Esteban was an Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow of the Center of Economics and Regional Policy (CEPR) of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) at Viña del Mar, Chile. He graduated as a Fulbright Fellow in 2016 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, obtaining an M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics, and a Ph.D. in Regional Planning. He also obtained a Master of Science in Regional Science from the Universidad Católica del Norte (Chile) in 2010.