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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch of Kent S. Butler (1951 - 2011)

Scope and Content of the collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Kent S. Butler papers,

1971-2011



Collection Summary

Creator:Butler, Kent S., 1951-2011
Title:Kent S. Butler papers
Dates:1971-2011
Abstract:Kent S. Butler was an urban, rural, and regional planner; community activist; and educator. He was an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin from 1978 to 2011. Some of his most noteworthy projects include the regional vision for the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, the creation of a system to evaluate proposed large-scale coastal erosion and control, the promotion of the Texas Triangle as a megaregion, the development of the first regional habitat conservation plan for endangered species in the Balcones Canyonlands of Central Texas, and water planning for the establishment of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. The collection includes research materials and notes; applications, proposals, and permits; transparencies and presentation notes; newsletters and clippings; project and research files; workshop materials; surveys; correspondence; reports; and documents relating to Butler's administrative faculty positions. These materials document his teaching, consulting, and community projects.
Identification:BUTLR 2011010
Quantity20 lin. ft. manuscript material
Repository:Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Kent S. Butler (1951 - 2011)

Kent S. Butler, born in 1951, was an urban, rural, and regional planner; community activist; and educator. He completed bachelor's (1973), master's (1976), and doctoral (1977) degrees in environmental science, land and water resources management, and land resources, respectively, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He began his academic career as an assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin in 1978, and took a two-year sabbatical from 1986 to 1988 to help create, and serve as director of, the Natural Resources Division for the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Butler was the director of the graduate Community and Regional Planning program at UT from 1993 to 1997, and again from 2004 until 2011, when he also served as associate dean for research and operations for the School of Architecture. He was known as an effective and engaging speaker with broad expertise in community planning and resource management. He was committed to collaboration and received his certification in mediation and training in public policy dispute resolution through the University of Texas School of Law.

He was widely published and wrote hundreds of reports and analyses as a professional consultant, as well as hundreds of papers for symposia and conferences. Butler co-edited the student edition of Planning and Urban Design Standards, a fundamental text for the planning profession. He spoke internationally in France, China, Mexico, Italy, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Butler's perhaps best-known achievement was the creation of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. The Balcones Canyonlands Habitat Preservation Plan represented the first functional application of the Federal Endangered Species Act and set the standard still used today. Other noteworthy projects include the regional vision for the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, the creation of a system to evaluate proposed large-scale coastal erosion and control, the promotion of the Texas Triangle as a megaregion, and water planning for the establishment of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District.

Butler died in a hiking accident on May 13, 2011, in Yosemite National Park. A section of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve was named in his honor in September 2011. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Scope and Content of the collection

The collection includes research materials and notes; applications, proposals, and permits; transparencies and presentation notes; newsletters and clippings; project and research files; workshop materials; surveys; correspondence; reports; and documents relating to Butler's administrative faculty positions. These materials document his teaching, consulting, and community projects.

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Restrictions

Policies Governing Use and Access

This collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using archival materials. As all or portions of this collection may be housed off-site, advance notice of at least three working days is required for retrieval. Certain items may require additional time for flattening or humidifying before they can be viewed. Access is by appointment only. Please contact the archives' reference staff for further information.

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The Alexander Architectural Archives operate in accordance with applicable federal or state laws and regulations, providing unrestricted access to university records not covered by state and federal right to privacy acts.

The Alexander Architectural Archives, The University of Texas Libraries, and The University of Texas at Austin, assume no responsibility for infringement of literary property rights and copyright or for liability to any person for defamation or invasion of privacy that results from a researcher's use of collections.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in The University of Texas Online Catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings
Creator (persons):
Butler, Kent S.
Subjects:
Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan (Texas)
Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (Tex.)
City planning--Texas--Austin
University of Texas - School of Architecture - Faculty
University of Wisconsin--Madison. Institute for Environmental Studies
Urban planning
Water resources development
Document types:
Faculty papers

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Related Material

The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture collection is located at the Alexander Architectural Archives.

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Administrative Information

Citation

Kent S. Butler papers, Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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