Entity Dedicated to Conducting Architectural Research

The Architecture Research Collaborative (ARC) comprises a diverse group of faculty members whose work ranges across the key topics in contemporary architectural research. These include architectural history and theory, high-performance buildings and resilient design, innovations in architecture, advanced building technologies, design engagement, historic preservation, and resilient community development.

Committed to both rigorous scholarship and the multidisciplinary approach demanded by the complexity of architectural research

ARC is structured through a dynamic and evolving pattern of research themes that cut across the conventional divisions of design, technology, and history and theory research.

Our objectives are to develop new knowledge, tools, and processes for architectural design and related fields; engage in interdisciplinary research that includes design, humanities, sciences and technology; bridge the gap between the academy and the architectural profession; and extend design excellence to create socially responsible, resilient buildings and communities.

The mission of ARC:

  • Develop new knowledge, tools, and processes, and spur innovation in architecture
  • Engage in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research that addresses current challenges in architectural design
  • Bridge the gap between the architectural profession and research, and engage with the industry in collaborative research projects
  • Extend design excellence and application of research results into communities through our outreach efforts

As a group of researchers with a wide range of backgrounds—including design practice, participatory action, engineering and construction, digital design, ethnography, architectural history and critical theory—we recognize the opportunity that our specializations can bring to shared problems and questions, and aim to stimulate innovation and foster connectivity between various stakeholders interested in architectural research.