Ian Caine, SMArchS, MArch

Associate Professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director, Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research, Architecture and Planning

Ian Caine


Ian Caine is an Associate Professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Director of the UTSA Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research (CURPR). A registered architect, he holds a SMArchS degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also earned a BA in Political Science and MArch from Washington University, where he received the AIA School Medal & Certificate of Merit.  
Caine’s research explores the form, processes, and impacts of urban growth. As CURPR Director, he leads applied design and planning efforts in communities throughout South Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. His work appears in Log, MONU, Scenario, Housing Studies, Competitions and has received coverage in popular press outlets such as The Discovery Channel, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Metropolis, and Texas Public Radio.  
Caine’s urban design collaborations have received multiple awards including a shortlist in the Modular Home Edition #2, honorable mention in the Dry Futures competition, finalist in the Build-a-Better-Burb competition, and first prize in the Rising Tides competition. At the architectural scale, Caine has received additional awards from the AIA and APA for built and unbuilt projects. His drawings and designs have been exhibited in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen, Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. 
Caine received the 2017 ACSA | AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award, 2017 UT Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, 2016 UTSA President’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2016 and 2017 CACP Outstanding Teaching Awards, 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.