The best-laid plans

(April 3, 2017 / Spring 2017 issue) -- On a stretch of Texas FM 78, which runs between San Antonio and Seguin, sits the sleepy city of Cibolo. It won’t be that sleepy for much longer, though. With more than 28,000 residents, Cibolo experienced a 44 percent population increase between 2010 and 2016. By 2020 the city is expected to more than double in size. Lisa Gonzalez ’06, M.S. ’12 is the city planner preparing Cibolo for such a drastic jump in population.

Gonzalez was one of the first two graduates of UTSA College of Architecture, Construction, and Planning’s master of science in urban and regional planning. Her graduation peer, Sergio Martinez M.S. ’12, is now the director of transportation and infrastructure in Bogotá, Colombia. Gonzalez and Martinez are part of a group of already more than three dozen alumni who are literally changing the landscape of cities.

The highly visible impact of such graduates from the relatively new master’s program, launched in 2010, is a big reason professor Richard Tangum, who is also the director of UTSA’s Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research, is confident that the program will achieve national accreditation within the next three years. More than 80 percent of its most recent graduates, for example, are employed in planning fields.

For the story, visit UTSA’s Sombrilla Magazine. Sombrilla is the primary vehicle for communicating with alumni and other university supporters. It is published four times a year (two print and two digital issues) by the Office of University Communications and Marketing. Read the full online edition of the Spring 2017 issue of Sombrilla Magazine here.