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College of Architecture
Texas Tech University
Mail Stop 42091
Lubbock, Texas 79409
Phone 806-742-3136
Email: architecture@ttu.edu

The interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design accepts students from diverse educational backgrounds. Students with interests in architecture, community planning and design, historic preservation, environmental/natural-resource planning and management, public-policy administration, and many other aspects of land use may find the program suitable to their needs.

Program Description

The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design (LPMD) deals with (large scale) physical environment with an emphasis on the various aspects of design, planning, and management issues. It offers opportunities for academic work drawing upon expertise from related fields of study at the university. Successful completion of the program qualifies the graduate to be leaders in their community and their organizations with enhanced understanding of multidisciplinary endeavors, improved communication skills between compartmentalized systems of knowledge and the ability of bringing knowledge from one discipline to focus on problems and ongoing projects in another. The LPMD program is particularly significant to the stewardship of both urban and non-urban areas as competition for their use becomes increasingly complex.

This program is administered by the College of Architecture in collaboration -- through a steering committee -- with allied disciplines from across the university and the system. Included in the program are studies of the complex factors influencing human use of resources, training in the research and evaluative methods that can be applied to interdisciplinary studies, and education in the institutional structures that shape design, policy and action.

There are four tracks in this program:
  • Environmental/natural resource management and planning
  • Community planning and design
  • Public policy administration, and
  • Historic preservation.

Students with an interest and background in these fields as well as in architecture and many others dealing with land and land use may find the LPMD program suitable to their needs.

Steering Committee

Dr. Saif Haq, Professor, College of Architecturesaif.haq@ttu.edu
Dr. Ken Rainwater, Professor, Civil Engineering,
    College of Engineering
Dr. Perry Carter, Associate Professor, Economics and Geography,
    College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Melissa Currie, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture,
    College of Agriculture
Dr. Dennis Patterson, Political Science, College of Arts and Sciencesdennis.patterson@ttu.edu

Recent Dissertation Titles

Olascoaga, Jose


Development of a New Approach for Appraising the Aesthetic Quality of Cities



Configuration of Urban Space and Social Sustainability of Urban Neighborhood: A Case Study on the City of San Diego at the Dawn of the Twentieth-First Century

Ainsworth, Troy


Modernism Contested: Frank Lloyd Wright in Venice and The Masieri Memorial Debate

Dawson, Emma


Predicted Species Richness in the Chihuahuan Desert: A GIS Analysis of Spatial and Ecological Data

Pumphrey, Ronald


Public Attitudes Toward Municipal Water Conservation on the Texas Southern High Plains and Rolling Plains

Wisinger, Perry


The Impact of Chemical Hazardous Sites on Residential Values

Gonzalez, Francisco


Vegetation Changes After 12 Years in Four Private Ranches Under Short-Duration and Continuous Grazing Systems in Chihuahua, Mexico

Islam, Tanveerul


Integrated Approach to Cyclone Wind Analysis and Disaster Planning for the Bangladesh Coast

This dissertation is published as a book.

Abu Salim, Murad 2008 An Assessment of the Housing Policy in the Gaza Strip beween 1994-2000

Paul, Abhijit 2009 An integrated approach to modeling vehicular movement networks : trip assignment and space syntax

Potess, Marla D. 2011 Search for Environment Management System (EMS) Implementation Differences Among Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ) Clean Texas Program Members: Are Internal Organizational Characteristics Important?

Whitehead, Samual C.


Stakeholder Preference for Future Land-use Scenarios on the Southern High Plains of Texas under Groundwater Depletion


Luo, Yang

2013Towards a more socially sustainable and spatially just urban environment through an eco-industrial park design to revitalize a heavy industrial district: The case of Luoyand, China


Plummer, Lionel2014An examination of hydrologic restoration efforts for wetland mitigation banks, http://hdl.handle.net/2346/60598

Imamura, Joseph2016The culture of federal practice: A chronology of the U.S. General Services Administration past, present and future, http://hdl.handle.net/2346/73303

Berhie, Girmay2016The effect of spatial configuration on land use and transport mode choices: Space syntax exploration on gridded and non-gridded American cities, http://hdl.handle.net/2346/68040

Tinsely, Patrick2018Practical analyses of some consequences of historic preservation theory, http://hdl.handle.net/2346/73826

Student Requirements

Students into the LPMD program are expected to bring a set of knowledge and skills from their background departments. They will be exposed to various courses in contributing disciplines, and with the assistance of their advisor and/or committee will be expected to demark an intersection which will be focus of the dissertation.

All students are required to complete a minimum of 66 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. This includes 24 hours of multidisciplinary core courses, 36 hours of track courses, and 6 hours of tool courses. In addition, the program requires 12 hours of dissertation. Track courses, research projects, and ultimately the student's dissertation will be chosen by the student and approved by the graduate advisor drawn for any participating department. A student is also required to present evidence of competency in an appropriate tool subject (e.g., computer science, statistics, GIS). Each student will be required to enroll for Arch 5313: Methods of Inquiry, in the first semester of their studies.

Because students come from a variety of backgrounds with different interests and career goals, one standard course of study is not required. Initial advisement and program development is conducted by the program coordinator. A dissertation committee drawn from three or more departments and two or more colleges must be selected. In consultation with this committee a student will finalize a course of study and a dissertation topic. Each student will therefore follow a "custom-designed" program of study. The dissertation committee will be responsible for administering comprehensive exams and for directing both the dissertation and the student's program.

Admission Requirements

All students are evaluated holistically and no one factor is considered in decision making. The following are required:
  • GRE scores
  • Grade-point average / transcripts
  • Statement of intent / Individual profile (research interests, goals, and possible match with expertise and resources at Texas Tech University)
  • Writing samples and Portfolio (Portfolio required for students with a design background. Other students may submit writing samples only) and
  • Letters of recommendation (at least three)

The entirety of the application is now completed at one site, and is paperless. Please do not send any physical documents to the TTU Graduate School or the TTU College of Architecture unless specifically requested.

Step 1: To get started please create an account in the APPLICATION WEB SITE, then select the semester you would like to apply for, and the program: "Land-Use Planning, Mgmt, & Design — Ph.D."

Step 2: Please select the type of application from the other drop down menu "Application Type".

  • Domestic
  • International

Step 3: Once you have selected the program and your residency status, you will be taken to a new screen that has four quadrants which make up your entire application.

  • Personal Information
  • Supporting Information
  • Academic History
  • Program Materials

All four quadrants must be fully completed to submit your application.

LINK TO APPLICATION SITE: https://texastechgrad.liaisoncas.com (works best with Chrome or Firefox)

If you have any questions please visit the blue question mark at the top of your screen. There you can read the "Instructions and FAQs" to find an answer to your question. If you are still in doubt, feel free to email the contact person listed below.

Transfer of Course work

(quoted from TexasTech University Academic Catalogue, 2018-2019) "There is no automatic transfer of credit toward the doctorate degree. On the recommendation of the department or program, the graduate school will review transfer courses for acceptance. Work completed at another graduate school with a grade less than B or grades of pass/fail or satisfactory will not be accepted. Transfer credit will not alter the grade point average at Texas Tech University. Doctoral students may take approved courses at another approved institution and transfer up to 12 semester credit hours into their degree program. No more than 30 semester credit hours in total may be transferred to the doctoral degree. Credit ordinarily will not be given for transfer work completed more than eight years prior to admission to a doctoral program at Texas Tech University without exception by the Graduate Dean.."

Cost of attendance

Graduate Program Tuition. A complete explanation of tuition and fees is available online at www.sbs.ttu.edu.

Financial Assistantship

'Elo and Olga Urbanovsky' fellowship is available exclusively to LPMD students. It is given to one person for three years. Currently, the amount is set at $30,000 per year. Additionally the graduate school funds two assistantships at the level of the department in which a student is employed.

Students may also find other funding sources at Texas Tech University. They may be in the form of scholarships or various assistantships. Some of the available ones are listed in http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/financial/FellowshipsScholarships.php. Additionally, there may be other opportunities available in various department and centers.

Current Students Forthcoming

Some Relevant Web sites Graduate School http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/

College of Architecture http://www.arch.ttu.edu

Official Publications http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/


Saif Haq, PhD
Associate Dean for Academics
Coordinator, PhD Program in Land-use Planning, Management, and Design (LPMD)
College of Architecture, Texas Tech University
Box 42091, Lubbock, TX 79409


Sarah Hatley
Graduate Advisor
College of Architecture
Texas Tech University
Box 42091
Lubbock, TX 79409-2091
E-Mail: sarah.hatley@ttu.edu