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Christiaan E. Mulder

At a Glance

Class Year: 1980

Award Year: 2002

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Design

Profession: Landscape Architecture


Chris Mulder '80 (DED) is a third-generation South African (sixth on his grandmother's side) who came to Texas A&M in 1978 to earn a doctorate in Environmental Design. In 1980, he earned his doctorate and returned to South Africa to launch Chris Mulder and Associates (CMAI), a multidisciplinary firm employing land and environmental planners, architects, landscape architects and urban designers. For the past 31 years, Mulder has served as the firm's corporate executive officer. Over the years, through CMAI, Mulder has earned numerous awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and other U.S. and South African professional associations. He has lectured extensively in Africa, the U.S. and Russia on multidisciplinary coordination of large-scale property development projects in environmentally sensitive areas. He has completed such projects in Angola, Kenya, Mozambique and China. CMAI won two of the CNBC International Property Development Awards in 2007 for its Thesen Islands project in South Africa, and is currently developing cutting-edge new examples of sustainable rural residential developments with a strong agricultural basis, and launched the Crossways Farm Village project in November 2010, the first "new town" of its kind in South Africa where commercial land development is integrated with scientific large scale commercial farming. Dr. Mulder was awarded the Texas A&M 2011 Outstanding international Alumnus Award in April 2011.