Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation
Andres Andujar was selected by the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation Board as CEO in 2011. He is now driving the vision for the Hemisfair area redevelopment, which is based on a half dozen big ideas that can be applied to efforts around the world to convert underused urban open space to help transform a city’s built environment, competitiveness and culture.
In addition to his work on Hemisfair Park, he helped develop a vision and coined the term “River North” for an area north of our downtown surrounding the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk extension that resulted in a 400-acre urban rezoning and the creation of a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone. For that volunteer effort, Andujar was given an honorary title from the American Institute of Architects, named one of San Antonio’s Visionaries, and Downtowner of the Year by the Downtown Alliance.
Andujar received his bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. His career includes design, construction and related management experience of several billion dollars’ worth of projects around the US and abroad.
Great cities have great downtowns.
Great downtowns have great urban parks.The soul of a city is found downtown, and soulful cities invariably have urban parks. New York’s Bryant, Chicago’s Millenium, Houston’s Discovery Green and Dallas’ Klyde Warren have further propelled these world class metropolises another notch.
A series of big ideas being applied to Hemisfair’s redevelopment to transform this urban space into San Antonio’s “front porch” – the city’s main gathering space – can be used in other cities around the world to develop an urban park vision. Well executed, the transformation will affect the city’s built environment, competitiveness and culture.