About Us

This site is for the Houston section of the Texas Chapter in the American Planning Association (APA).  Houston APA is a nonprofit, professional organization for urban planners in the south east Texas region.  A newsletter is sent out each month highlighting important section updates, upcoming events, programs, and educational opportunities. These newsletters are archived below for your convenience.

The need for planners to shape a community vision has never been greater. The American Planning Association (APA) brings together thousands of people – practicing planners, citizens, elected officials – committed to making great communities happen. APA is a nonprofit public interest and research organization committed to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), advance the art and science of planning to meet the needs of people and society.


The Houston Section includes the following Texas counties:  Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.


Elected Officers

Director Louis Cutaia, AICP Halff Associates
Director-Elect Chelsea Young, AICP TEI Planning + Design
Secretary Peter Eccles, AICP LINK Houston
Treasurer Muxian Fang, AICP City of Houston
Immediate Past Director Luis Guajardo, AICP Harris County Precinct 4

Appointed Officers

EPL Representative Kris Carpenter City of League City
Volunteer Coordinator and Special Events Abigail Martinez, AICP LJA Engineering
Communications Nandini Seth Harris County Engineering
Professional Development Officer Mariana Raschke The Goodman Corporation


We use an online newsletter to keep our members informed of educational opportunities, local events, statewide initiatives, as well as engaged and involved with the local planning community. You can look back on our past newsletters by clicking the link below and join us for future events by subscribing to our newsletter!


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General Comments or Inquiries

Please email houstonapa@gmail.com for any general questions/comments.