Galen Newman

Professor and Department Head
Curriculum Vitae

Quick Information


  • Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center
  • Texas A&M Superfund Center
  • Texas A&M Center for Environmental Health Research
  • Center for Housing & Urban Development


Dr. Galen D. Newman is Professor and Head in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and the Nicole and Kevin Youngblood Professor of Residential Land Development at Texas A&M University (TAMU). At TAMU, he has also served as Interim Department Head, Director of the Center for Housing and Urban Development, and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Programs. He is also Past President of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) and served as both Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship and Track Chair for CELA. Dr. Newman graduated from the Planning, Design, and the Built Environment Ph.D. program at Clemson University in 2010 and has both a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of Community Planning from Auburn University, with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design. At TAMU, he teaches undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture and planning studios, landscape architecture history courses, and advanced visualization courses. His research interests include urban regeneration, land use science, spatial analytics, community resilience, and community/urban scaled design. His current research focuses on the integration of urban regeneration and urban flood resilience. His work has been published in more than 115 high quality peer-reviewed journal outlets and he also is author of two highly influential books. His work has been funded through numerous internal and external funding sources (totaling over 60 million dollars) including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He has also won many awards for his research. Some selected awards from his individual research and publications include the Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award from CELA, the Best Paper Award from the Journal of the American Planning Association, a Presidential Impact Fellow from Texas A&M University, and a Most Influential Instructor from Design Intelligence. For his design and planning-related teaching efforts, his has led many efforts to provide service-learning opportunities which have also won national and state awards. Selected awards from his teaching efforts include in five American Society of Landscape Architects National Awards (ASLA), thirty State Level Awards, and being designated as a Service-Learning Faculty Fellow at TAMU. As a testament to his achievements, in 2023, he was elevated as a Fellow of the ASLA.


Ph.D. of Planning

and the Built Environment
Clemson University


Community Planning
Auburn University


Landscape Architecture
Auburn University


Environmental Design
Auburn University

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Newman’s interests include urban regeneration, land use science, spatial analytics, flood resilience, and community/urban scaled design.