What is our mission?

The mission of the UTSA Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research (CURPR) is to generate new knowledge of the forms, processes, and impacts of urban growth while advancing the creation of more sustainable, inspiring, and equitable cities.


What are our values?

We prioritize local impact. 
2  We employ a multidisciplinary approach to research. 
3  We elevate teaching and learning in everything that we do. 
4  We maximize the impact of community engagement and service.

What is our core expertise?

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Community Design

Our Center helps communities confront the spatial challenges of urban growth–leveraging an inclusive, public decision-making process to shape inspiring, sustainable, and equitable environments. We design holistic solutions to complex urban issues by working across scales–from streets to cities–and across disciplines–from architecture to planning.

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Environmental Resilience

Our Center leverages a data-informed, participatory process to help communities develop innovative solutions that foster environmental resilience. Our research helps create equitable, adaptive, and sustainable environments that can withstand the impacts of a changing climate and rapidly evolving environmental conditions.

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Our Center works at the intersection of research, policy, and practice to help communities improve equitable access to high-quality and affordable housing. We leverage expertise in topics like neighborhood change, affordability, and urban design to help communities understand and address a wide range of housing challenges.

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Our Center helps communities connect jobs, families, and social networks while enhancing the efficiency and livability of transportation corridors. We believe that sustainable and well-functioning transportation systems must account for more than changes in population, land use, and technology–they must reflect a community's lived experience.

What is our impact?


            Urban Plans                      Communities                       Students                             Faculty 









Affiliated Labs


GeoDesign Lab  Housed Lab  Urban AI + Resilience  Urban Platform