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|Featured Faculty: Shannon Van Zandt|
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Shannon Van Zandt, Ph.D., AICP, is professor and head of the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. She holds a Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a fellow of the College of Architecture’s Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center, and is former director of the College’s Center for Housing & Urban Development. She has held professorships in residential housing development and in homelessness. Prior to becoming department head, Dr. Van Zandt directed the professional program in urban planning.
Dr. Van Zandt’s expertise lies in the interaction of affordable housing and social vulnerability to disasters. She examines the ways in which housing quality, location, and upkeep contribute to the exposure of vulnerable households to both impacts and consequences from natural disasters. She has published more than 50 articles and book chapters, and is co-author of the 2014 book, Planning for Community Resilience: A Guidebook for Reducing Vulnerability to Natural Disasters.
As an urban planner, Dr. Van Zandt is an engaged researcher, targeting her research toward informing policy and practice related to affordable housing, low-income homeownership, disaster recovery, and land use planning. She is actively engaged in advocacy efforts in these areas, serving as a board member for the Texas Low-Income Housing Information Service and Texas Sea Grant. She has testified four times since 2014 to Texas state legislators on the importance of pre-disaster recovery planning, based on her work in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas on a rapid rehousing demonstration program for low-income home owners. In addition to her work with ACSP, she is actively engaged with the American Planning Association’s Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, and the National Institutes for Standards and Technology Center of Excellence for Community Resilience Planning.
Here’s more from our recent Q&A with Dr. Van Zandt…
Q: How many years have you been a member of ACSP?
Q: Are you involved on the ACSP Board or an ACSP Committee?
Q: What's your favorite project you’ve worked on?
Q: What future goals do you have in your field?
Q: How has planning school changed your daily habits?
Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Q: How many different cities have you lived in and which was your favorite?
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Q: What is the title of the last book you read? What did you learn from it?
Q: What’s your favorite color and how would you creatively incorporate it into a planning project?
Read more from the ACSP Planner Profile series on our website.