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PhD Program in Land-Use Planning, Management, and Design (LPMD)

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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) focuses on various aspects of land and land use. It aims to train students 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. LPMD training prepares students to be leaders in administrative, legislative, research or design organizations that deal with land use.

This program is administered by the College of Architecture with an interdisciplinary steering committee. Faculty and courses drawn from units across the university. Academic It is designed to provide education in several facets of physical design, with special emphasis on non-urban lands and those in arid and semi-arid environments. 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 policy and action.

There are four tracks in this program:

  1. Environmental/natural resource management and planning
  2. Community planning and design
  3. Public policy administration, and
  4. Historic preservation.

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

Steering Committee

Perry Carter, Associate Professor, Economics and Geography, College of Arts and Sciences

Paul Goebel, Professor, College of Business Administration

Alon Kvashny, Professor, Landscape Architecture

Mark A. Sheridan, Dean, Graduate School

Maria Perbellini, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, College of Architecture

Ken Rainwater, Professor, Civil Engineering, College of Engineering

Vickie Sutton, Professor, School of Law

Andrew Vernooy, Dean, College of Architecture

Recent Dissertation Titles

Olascoaga, Jose


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

Pongsmas, Napassakorn


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.Click here for details in

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.


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

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 hours beyond the bachelor's degree plus a minimum of 12 (8000 level) hours of dissertation. This includes 24 hours of multidisciplinary core courses, 21 hours of track courses, 15 hours of supporting courses and 6 hours of tool courses. Students will need to specify one track in which 21 hours of courses are selected, of which only 4 courses in one discipline can be taken. Track courses, research projects, and ultimately the student's dissertation will focus on the track selected and will be chosen by the student and approved by the advisor. Students are also required to present evidence of competency in an appropriate tool subject (e.g., computer science, statistics). Each student will also be required to enroll for Arch 5315: Systems of Architectural 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. The Chair of a dissertation committee and two other dissertation committee members drawn from three or more departments and two or more colleges must be selected before the end of the first year of study. In consultation with this committee a student will finalize a course of study and a dissertation topic in the track of specialization. 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.

List of Core Courses

Choose any 8 courses from the following with no more than one course from one department.

1. ARCH 5501, 5502, 5503: Advanced Architectural Design Studio (5 hours). Topical studio that explores design, theoretical, and/or technological issues that affect current architectural thought and practice.

2. LARC 5302. Advanced Environmental Planning for Sustainable Development (3:3:0). An introduction to environmental planning issues with emphasis on integrating related disciplines to attain environmentally and socially sustainable development.

3. PUAD 5333. Environmental Policy and Administration (3:3:0). Analysis of the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of environmental and natural resources policy, emphasizing theoretical foundations, political contexts, and principles of administering environmental policies.

4. LAW 6025 Land-Use Planning (V2 - 3 hrs.) A study of both private and public means of controlling the use of land. Emphasis will be placed on the areas of planning and zoning, including the emerging problem of exclusionary land-use controls. Further topics that will be discussed include subdivision controls, restrictive deed covenants, eminent domain proceedings, and urban renewal.

5. HMGT 5323. Principles of Heritage Management (3:3:0). Provides a theoretical framework and examines issues of evaluation, legislation, sustainability, socioeconomic impact, and communication to foster global responsibility and present integrative approaches to managing heritage.

6. GEOG 5306. Seminar in Geography of Arid Lands (3:3:0). Systematic and regional review and analysis of the physical nature and problems of human utilization of the arid and semi-arid lands of the earth.

7. ARCH 5324. History and Theory of Historic Preservation (3:3:0). Survey of theory and practice of historic preservation and restoration; overview of the history of the preservation movement in the U.S.

8. SOC 5315-001 Seminar Social Change

9. SOC 5312-001 Seminar Urban Problems

10. One Research Method Course (3 credits)


Sociology 5394: Seminar in Sociological Research Methods

Sociology 5334: Qunatitative Methods in Sociology


Geography 5300 GIS

Geography 5303 Advanced GIS

Transfer of Course work

(quoted from p. 76, Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogue, 2007-2008, Texas Tech University)

"There is no automatic transfer of credit toward the doctorate degree. On the recommendation of the department or program, the graduate school may review transfer courses for acceptance. Transfer credit will not alter the grade point average at Texas Tech University. No more than 30 semester credit hour of an earned master's degree from another institution may be transferred. Grades from transfer courses will not appear on Texas Tech University's transcripts. Doctorate students may take approved courses at another approved institution and transfer up to 12 semester credit hours into their degree 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 on official letterheads (at least three)

There are two stages of application. The first is to the Graduate School of Texas Tech University. Instructions and application details are available at

The second application is to the College of Architecture. Instructions and forms are available at

Please send the completed form with Letter of Intent/Individual profile, Letters of Recommendations, Portfolio/writing samples and Transcripts to the College of Architecture.

Important dates

As of Fall 2010, applications will be evaluated twice a year.

The dates are:

  • March 1st for the FALL semester,
  • October 1st for the SPRING semester

Financial Assistantship

Financial opportunities exclusively to LPMD students have been made possible by the generosity Prof. Elo J. Urbanovsky.

There are two forms of opportunities available.

The Elo and Olga Urbanovsky fellowship is given to one person for three years. Currently, the amount is set at $30,000 per year.

Additionally there are two Elo and Olga Urbanovsky assistantships which are also given for three years and is equivalent to the departmental rates of the student's major professor.

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 There may be other opportunities available in various department and centers.

Current Students

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Some Relevant Web sites

Graduate School

College of Architecture

Official Publications


Maria R. Perbellini
Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Coordinator, PhD Program in Land-use Planning, Management, and Design (LPMD)
College of Architecture, Texas Tech University
Box 42091, Lubbock, TX 79409-2091
Phone: 806.742.3169 ext 249, Fax: 806.742.1400


Lori Rodriguez
Academic Programs Office
College of Architecture
Texas Tech University
Box 42091
Lubbock, TX 79409-2091
Phone: 806.742.3169 ext 247, Fax: 806.742.4017 E-Mail: