Richard Tangum, Ph.D.
Urban and Regional Planning
Director, Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research
Dr. Richard Tangum is a registered architect with more than 30 years extensive and varied experience in architecture, housing, urban design, city and regional planning, and economic development. As a project director and researcher, he has been involved in the development of master plans for institutions, cities, districts, and neighborhoods in Europe, North and Central America, and Africa. He has directed studies within communities that address housing needs, commercial corridor and downtown district revitalization, pedestrian and traffic movement, and land utilization. As a Professor of Architecture and Planning, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in housing, project development, urban and regional planning, and urban design. His research focuses on affordable housing, sustainable community design and planning, and regional development. Current research projects include a vision plan for Zapata County, Texas and a corridor redevelopment study for the City of Windcrest Economic Development Corporation. Dr. Tangum holds two patents for an affordable housing building system.
He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas Tech University, a Master of Architecture in Environmental Systems from Virginia Tech University, and a Doctor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.