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Robin Abrams, Ph.D., FAIA, ASLA

Professor of Architecture


Robin Abrams, Ph.D., FAIA, ASLA, is an architect and landscape architect specializing in inner city revitalization, housing, and city design. She earned a bachelors degree in Urban Studies from Northwestern University, a Masters in Community & Regional Planning and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Doctorate in Landscape Studies from the University of Sheffield, England.

She leads a design practice based in Austin, TX, and London, UK,  where she works on contemporary restoration of city neighborhoods, older buildings and landscapes. Her teaching and research are focused on livability and sustainability issues in global cities, the integration of natural systems into design of landscapes, buildings and urban places, and how intelligent design can improve lives, reduce waste and promote equity. In addition, Dr. Abrams is the executive director of the City Design Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports student research in the design of resilient cities.

Relevant Project Experience

  • Port Arthur Downtown Revitalization Plan, Port Arthur, Texas
  • Roma, Texas, National Register Landmark District Urban Design Plan
  • Weslaco, Texas, Main Street Program Downtown Revitalization Plan
  • Fairfield, Texas, Main Street Program Downtown Revitalization Plan
  • Downtown Revitalization Plan, Eagle Pass, Texas
  • 11th & 12th Street Corridor Vision Plan, Austin, Texas
  • Capital Metro Light Rail System, Austin, Texas
  • Cedar Park Master Plan, Cedar Park, Texas
  • City Center Planning Commission Consultation, San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Sierra Alta New Town Plan, Monterrey, Mexico
  • International Cities Competition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Gold Medal Winner)
  • Sixth Street Historic District Streetscape Revitalization, Austin, Texas
  • Historic Industrial District Development Plan, Sheffield, England
  • Meinohama Master Plan, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Hyde Park Neighborhood Compatibility Design Guidelines, Austin, Texas
  • Downtown Urban Design Plan, Galveston, Texas
  • The Strand Streetscape Plan, Galveston, Texas
  • Mechanic Street Improvement Plan, Galveston, Texas
  • Gloucester Green Redevelopment Plan, Oxford, England
  • Downtown Plan, Queretero, Mexico
  • Conservation and Development Plan, Historic Center of Baghdad, Iraq
  • Historic Preservation Plan, Gibraltar Old Town
  • Uptown Houston Pedestrian Plan, Houston, Texas
  • Downtown Urban Design Plan, Austin, Texas


Ph.D. in Landscape Studies The University of Sheffield, England

Master of Architecture University of Texas, Austin

M.S. in Community and Regional Planning University of Texas, Austin

B.A. in Urban Studies Northwestern University