Research is an essential component of design education at the School of Architecture. Graduate students participate in a wide range of funded and non-funded research, scholarship, and creative and professional activities under the guidance of the School of Architecture faculty. Some of this research is extracurricular and occurs in the form of funded research assistantships in research labs or for individual faculty members. Other graduate student research happens within the curriculum as part of the final year of study thesis project.
Within the School, there are several research centers and laboratories that provide a base for faculty research. These centers also offer opportunities for students to engage in funded research projects with the faculty. This research takes full advantage of the advanced computing, software and digital fabrication facilities at the CoA+A. The scale of research ranges from small, short-term investigations to large, multi-year grants. Sponsored activities include urban design studies for local and regional municipalities and community groups, high performance building and optimization protocols, daylighting and energy analysis, digital design and fabrication components, and interactive visualization.
The School of Architecture's five research centers in which graduate students are employed include: