Adriana Zuniga is a Senior Lecturer for the Sustainable Built Environments Degree Program at the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. She has a background in architecture and her area of expertise is neighborhood design. Her research interests include sustainable urban development, green infrastructure, climate change adaptation and resilience, and water security in arid lands. She is currently working as a Staff Scientist at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona.

Adriana is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. She did her undergraduate studies at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in Monterrey. She worked as an architectural designer in Mexico for several years. She holds a Master of Architecture degree with a concentration in Design and Energy Conservation and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Arid Lands Resource Sciences with a minor in Global Change. She completed both her Master's and Ph.D. at the University of Arizona.

List of courses currently teaching:

• SBE-221 History of the Built Environment I (fall)
• SBE-222 History of the Built Environment II (spring)
• SBE-195A Introduction to Sustainability I (fall)
• SBE-195B Introduction to Sustainability II (spring)

Selected publications:


Zuniga-Teran, A.A. ; Orr, B.J.; Gimblett, R.H.; Chalfoun, N.V.; Guertin, D.P.; Marsh, S.E. (2017). Neighborhood design, physical activity, and wellbeing: Applying the Walkability Model. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14,76: doi:10.3390/ijerph14010076.

Zuniga-Teran, A.A. ; Orr, B.J.; Gimblett, R.H.; Chalfoun, N.V.; Marsh, S.E.; Guertin, D.P.; Going, S.B. (2017). Designing healthy communities: Testing the walkability model. Frontiers of Architectural Research. Vol. 6, No. 1. Pp. 63-73.

Varady R.G., Zuniga-Teran, A.A.; Garfin, G.M.; Martin, F.; Vicuña, S. (2016). Adaptive management and water security in global context: Definitions, concepts, and examples. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability special issue “Environmental Change and Assessment” edited by M. Wilder, G. Garfin, and R. Merideth. Vol. 21. Pp. 70-71.

Zuniga-Teran, A.A; Orr, B.J.; Gimblett, R.H.; Going, S.B.; Chalfoun, N.V.; Guertin, D.P.; Marsh, S.E. (2016). Designing healthy communities: A walkability analysis on LEED-ND. Frontiers in Architectural Research.

Varady, R.G.; Zuniga-Teran, A.A.; Gerlak, A.K.; Megdal, S.B. (2016). Modes and approaches of groundwater governance: A survey of lessons learned from selected cases across the globe. In special issue “Water Governance, Stakeholder Engagement, and Sustainable Water Resources management,” ed. By S. Megdal, S. Eden, and E. Shamir. Water, 417 (24pp), DOI: 10.3390/w8100417. Online:

Wilder, M., Aguilar Barajas, I., Pineda Pablos, N., Varady, R., Megdal, S., McEvoy, J., Merideth, R., Zuniga-Teran, A., Scott, C. (2016). Desalination and water security in the US-Mexico border region: Assessing the social, environmental, and political impacts. Water International, 41:5, 756-775, DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2016.1166416.

Non-peer reviewed publications:

Megdal. S.B.; Zuniga-Teran, A.A.; Delano, N.; Varady. R.G.; Gerlak, A.K. (accepted). Groundwater governance in the United States: A Mosaic of priorities and approaches. Book chapter in Advances in Groundwater Governance, ed. by K. Villholth, E. Lopex-Gunn, J van Der Gun, K. Contu, and A. Garrido, CRC/Balkema.

Staddon, C.; De Vito, L.; Zuniga-Teran, A.A.; Schoeman, Y.; Hart, A.; Booth, G. (2017). “Contributions of green infrastructure to urban resilience.” The resilience shift - Agenda setting scoping studies. Report elaborated by the consortium between the University of the West of England, University of Arizona, Monash South Africa University, Arcadis, University of Science and Technology, Beijing, China.

Zuniga-Teran, A.A. (accepted). Urban ecology and the ethics of human occupation and the suppression of ecological dynamics. Book chapter in “Environmental Ethics” by Schmidtz, D., Willott, E. (eds.). Third Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Zuniga-Teran, A.A. (2017). Green infrastructure in walkable neighborhoods: A climate change adaptation strategy for cities in drylands. Book chapter in “Climate change sensitive cities: building capacities for urban resilience, sustainability, and equity” by Delgado Ramos, G.C. (Ed.). Mexico: PINCC, UNAM.

Pineda Pablos, N.; Zuniga-Teran, A.A. (2016). Planeación por escenarios para la seguridad hídrica. Agua y Saneamiento. No. 67. Pp. 60-61.

Zuniga-Teran, A. A., Diaz-Caravantes, R.E. (2015). La infrastructure verde: una estrategia de adaptación al cambio climático (Green infrastructure: a climate change adaptation strategy). Agua y Saneamiento. No. 63. Pp. 89-91.

Adriana Zuniga, PhD's picture

Senior Lecturer
Office Location: 803 E First St.
Curriculum Vitae