College of Architecture, Construction and Planning

College of Architecture, Construction and Planning

Excellence in Research

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP) prepares students for careers in architecture, construction science, historic preservation, interior design, and urban and regional planning. The college challenges students with a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, innovative construction management strategies, sustainable and ecologically sound processes, and the preservation of architectural heritage. Students also benefit from small group collaboration and frequent interaction with their professors, scholars who are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields.

Housed at the UTSA Downtown Campus, CACP students are immersed in San Antonio’s unique cultural and historic city landscape. Students regularly participate in design-build competitions and service-learning projects with local government entities and community groups, such as the initiative to designate the San Antonio Missions as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 1000 Parks and a Line in the Sky: Broadway, Avenue of the Future project. These partnerships have earned the college a strong reputation for community engagement.

UTSA students in the CACP have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives by participating in a global experience. The college’s study-abroad experiences in Italy and Spain provide a rich foundation for design and construction applications as well as collaboration with other disciplines. Additionally, CACP professors have international research collaborations in Cuba, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Turkey.

Two research centers support CACP’s focus areas. The Center for Cultural Sustainability provides academic research and services to benefit communities concerning sustainable development and construction. It completes large-scale research projects, and provides research and educational opportunities for graduate students. The Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research brings together UTSA graduate students, staff and faculty to address community planning, economic, infrastructure, environmental, housing and development issues impacting Texas and the border region.

Degree Programs

College of Architecture, Construction and Planning

Centers and Institutes

The Center for Cultural Sustainability allows students to explore the continuity of the cultural systems of human existence and the common identities of heritage that bind people to places.

The Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research engages graduate students in planning and design initiatives that have community and regional implications.


One of the top 400 universities in the world
One of the top five young universities in the nation
— Times Higher Education
One of the “Best of the Best” U.S. universities for minorities, veterans, females, individuals with disabilities and LGBT students
— Hispanic Network Magazine
Architecture studio course named one of the best sustainable design courses in America
— 2030 Curriculum Project
M.Arch 2 and M.Arch 3
— Accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board
Member of National Council for Preservation Education
No. 8 in the nation in awarding education bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students
— Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
Among an elite group of U.S. universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification
— Carnegie Foundation of the Advancement of Teaching
Member of National Academy of Inventors


UTSA at a Glance

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160 degree programs

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7.4 Million+

Total Budget

$547.7 Million





Local Economic Impact

$1.2 billion

Research and Development Expenditures

$68.1 Million



UTSA’s Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA’s Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA’s Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

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