NPC21 Poster Acceptance

The Institute of Urban Studies (IUS) project team of Kathleen Stanford, Padmi Ranasinghe, and Nusrat Jahan Nipu, under the supervision of IUS Director Alan Klein, had their poster proposal accepted for inclusion in the American Planning Association's National Planning Conference's (NPC21) educational program.
The poster, titled: Remote Engagement & Participation Strategies During COVID-19, showcases new remote engagement techniques utilized by IUS to target underrepresented populations in the planning process. The poster will be transformed into an online course within APA Learn, and the team will receive a certificate and acknowledgment of publication in APA Learn.

Collaborating Strategic Planning

The Institute of Urban Studies is collaborating with the City of Gunter, Texas to develop a strategic plan for the City and its departments. Gunter, Texas is a general law city with 1,857 residents as of 2020. Located in rapidly growing Grayson County, near the current northern terminus of the Dallas North Tollway, Gunter seeks to prepare its city government to deal with the many expected challenges future growth will bring. As part of the plan development, Institute graduate student personnel will conduct an environmental scan of the city and surrounding region, including numerous one on one stakeholder interviews. A full day planning retreat will culminate the process. Over its 53 year history, the Institute of Urban Studies has conducted strategic planning efforts throughout Texas and internationally. IUS has previously worked with the City of Gunter, providing board and commission training for its city leaders.


IUS Award 2021


Amruta Sakalker (UPPP Ph.D. Student), Alan Klein (Director of the IUS), and Dr. Joowon Im (Assistant Professor in Planning & Landscape Architecture) received the NITC Education Grant to collaborate with City Lab High School for the proposal titled "GIS training in Transportation and Environmental justice for promoting student success in STEAM."

The research team will collaborate with Oswaldo Rivera-Ortiz and other teachers at the City Lab High School to create a unique pilot introductory ArcGIS course that connects transportation planning, environmental justice, and design, utilizing locations along Trinity River as case study.

The GIS analyses and findings from the lab course will help students formulate a program for their planning and design studios that addresses transportation and environmental justice issues of accessibility around the Trinity river. The pilot course aims to demonstrate the inter-disciplinary relationship between transportation planning, sustainability, and architecture to students with future trajectories in transportation and related fields.


Studio V Project

Nusrat Nipu received a Merit Award in the 2021 Texas ASLA Student Design Competition. Studio V Project named "Spark of the Light" was presented at the Awards Luncheon on April 29, 2021Galveston, Texas



Recognition Award

IUS would like to recognize Amruta Sakalker, Alan Klein, and Meghna Tare for submitting project "Upper Trinity River Water Quality Report Card" for the 2020 RCE North Texas Award and received Honorable Mention for its role in contributing to SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation.

This award is given annually to RCEs that have made outstanding contributions to address local, sustainable development challenges in their regions.