About

CHUD's mission is to provide leadership as a center of inquiry for the creation of sustainable housing and communities.  Sustainable communities are those that feature vibrant economies, offer a choice of housing and transportation modes, are closer to jobs, schools, shopping, and recreation, are less energy dependent, and help protect clean water and air (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).

CHUD supports its mission through research and engagement in the following focal areas:

  • Sustainable landscape and urban planning, design, and development practices; and
  • Innovative green building techniques and technologies.

CHUD's community of scholars -- both faculty and doctoral fellows -- work toward achieving this mission. 

The Center for Housing & Urban Development (CHUD) has a long history of serving border residents in the Texas colonias.  In early 2012, the Colonias Program became its own unit, permitting CHUD to reinvent itself as a research center for faculty and students conducting research related to housing, sustainable development, and urban issues.