Fritz Steiner

Fritz Steiner Fritz is the Dean of the School of Architecture and the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Formerly, he was Director of the School of Planning and Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University and taught planning, landscape architecture, and environmental science at Washington State University, the University of Colorado-Denver, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1980, as a Fulbright-Hays scholar, Fritz conducted research on Ecological Planning at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. In 1998, he was the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize Fellow in Historic Preservation and Conservation at the American Academy in Rome. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and an Academic Fellow of the Urban Land Institute.

Fritz has also served as a city planning commissioner and helped to initiate a local civic improvement group. He has worked with community groups as well as national environmental and conservation organizations.

Fritz received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in City and Regional Planning and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Master of Community Planning and a B.S. in Design from the University of Cincinnati.

Recent Commentary

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By Frederick Steiner University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and Robert Yaro, Regional Plan Association

This paper outlines strategies for identifying and protecting the large landscapes that represent the nation's natural, scenic, and historic heritage, beginning with a review of past efforts, and proceeding to suggestions for establishing national priorities for preservation. These strategies are needed in face of estimates that the U.S. will develop more land in the next four decades than we have in the past four centuries. Across the country, national parks are being damaged by over-use and under-maintenance, while some of the most productive agricultural lands in and near metropolitan areas are being fragmented by large lot subdivisions.

This paper is part of a series prepared by America 2050 for the Rockefeller Foundation Global Urban Summit in July 2007.