The Development Industry Advisory Council (DIAC) supports the Master of Land and Property Development (MLPD) program within the School of Architecture’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. 

DIAC members participate in program management, fund scholarships, and provide guidance to students. With a DIAC membership, you’ll have priority access to our outstanding current students and graduates. Upon graduation, MLPD students are gifted an annual membership to DIAC so that they have the opportunity to continue their engagement with MLPD, the University and carry on the Spirit of Aggieland.

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DIAC Goals and Objectives

  • Increase on-going real-world learning. Engagement, and connections between students, faculty, and industry.
  • Fund student events and participation in industry organizations (e.g., ULI, NAIOP, CCIM, etc.).
  • Promote the MLPD program nationally and internationally.
  • Seek industry feedback to ensure students are acquiring skills to be successful in the development / real estate industry.
  • Increase internship and employment opportunities for students.
  • Establish sustainable funding for the MLPD program and students through the establishment of endowments.

Become a Member

Help mentor and inspire the land and property development professionals of tomorrow by joining DIAC today. There are two types of membership: Individual Membership & Corporate Membership


  • Engage and connect with our students.
  • Attend Development Industry Advisory Council meetings.
  • Share real-world industry feedback to enhance student engagement and learning.
  • MLPD Curriculum Review 
  • Invitation to resume workshop
  • First release version of MLPD resume book
  • Speaking opportunities in classes and student-led organizations.
  • Host student-led MLPD organization events and project site visits.
  • Corporate sponsorship opportunities with exposure on
  • Endowment opportunities designed to provide sustainable funding allowing the program to fund student scholarships

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DIAC Leadership

Development Industry Advisory Council (DIAC) officers
  • Ryan Day, VP – Land Acquisition, Meritage Homes – President
  • Jack Rowe, Director of Land Development, Taylor Morrison – Vice President
  • Alexa Russ, Senior Land Manager, Empire Communities – Secretary
  • B.K. Newsom, VP, CBRE – Treasurer

Membership in Action

The DIAC’s Executive Board, committees and members meet throughout the year in order to plan opportunities for MLPD students to connect with industry, advise/update the Department as to industry trends, and grow their Aggie network.

Upcoming Important Dates and Events

February 2, 2024DIAC EXCOM Q1 2024 Meeting
February 2, 2024Resume & Mock Interview Workshop
February 15, 2024LAUP Career Fair
April 5, 2024DIAC General Meeting Q2 2024 Meeting
April 26, 2024LAUP Awards banquet
Development Industry Advisory Council Event Calendar

Support the DIAC

Give to the Kent Anderson Endowed Scholarship

Contact Information

Email the DIAC team at:

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Tim Early

MLPD Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of the Practice

713.822.1014 Email Tim Early
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Donna H. Coussons

Instructional Assistant Professor

Email Donna H. Coussons