The College of Architecture + Planning conducts research into the built environment across a wide spectrum of interests and areas, including social justice, access, design methods, and technologies. We currently operate two centers for architecture research in information design and building information modeling, as well as a new center for research in large-scale metropolitan planning and real estate. In addition, our faculty and students are engaged in a broad range of research projects and the entire College community is participating in the planned net zero retrofit of our existing facility, an unprecedented initiative that will serve as a case-study for aging institutional buildings everywhere.
CROMDI has developed a new 3D audio-visualization technology (IntuInfo) that facilitates the rapid and accurate analysis of large quantities of complex and quickly changing data. This patent pending technology has been applied in medicine, finance, and entertainment, and may also be successfully utilized in other applications where decision-making depends on monitoring or analyzing large quantities of information (process control, vehicle operation and traffic control, corporate management, quality assurance, network monitoring). The technology enables significantly faster, more accurate and less cognitive demanding recognition of events than is possible using existing technologies.
I_TAC promotes integration in architecture that works to flatten the process as well as product technology that leads to sustainable and lean design in construction practice. Research focuses on analyzing the sustainable integration process, players and forms of collaboration, including the utilization of BIM, energy and lifecycle simulation software. I_TAC also develops, tests, and monitors existing and emergent integrated technology products for sustainable building, and applies process and products in practice scenarios conducted through demonstration projects and partnerships between the University and industry. Through these activities, I_TAC is able to assess the impact of integrated technology on society, the economy, and the environment.
The Metropolitan Research Center conducts basic and applied research on local, regional, national, and international metropolitan development patterns. Not only does its faculty conduct extensive research, but they also teach and mentor students, develop community-based professional projects, and reach out to the community through public programs and initiatives.