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CHUD Director

Vanegas named director of Center for Housing & Urban Development



Jorge A. Vanegas recently joined the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University as director of the Center for Housing and Urban Development (CHUD) and professor in the Department of Architecture.

Prior to joining Texas A&M, he held faculty appointments in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. He earned a B.S in architecture from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Construction Engineering and Management Program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.

Though responsible for CHUD’s management, Dr. Vanegas’ primary charge is achieving the organization’s two-fold mission:

• To collect and provide information and knowledge relevant to the health and education of disadvantaged populations in urban and semi-urban settings, most notably the Colonias — impoverished rural communities on the Texas side of the U.S.-Mexico border; and

• To provide — through research, development, demonstration, and deployment — expanded opportunities and innovative solutions to problems and associated specifically with housing and urban development in Texas, the United States and the world.

To achieve these goals, Vanegas brings together people from all disciplines to deliver real solutions, to real problems, of real people within the advanced principles of sustainability, technology, and lean manufacturing and construction.

To date, Vanegas has had a distinguished academic career. His research, teaching and service accomplishments have been recognized with both national and institutional awards. His primary areas of scholarly activities include: built environment sustainability and security (facilities and civil infrastructure systems); advanced strategies, tools, and methods for integrated capital asset delivery and management; design/construction integration in the development and rehabilitation of facilities and civil infrastructure systems; and constructability programs and advanced modularization technologies.

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