The Drachman Institute acts as an interdisciplinary collaborative of faculty, professional staff, technical experts, and students providing research-based design and planning services to a wide array of public agencies and private sector clients. It advances a balance between academic education, research, and outreach projects with the high quality, professional standards of quality project management and delivery.  This, in turn, has generated a new breed of emerging professionals as well as a host of satisfied clients at the local, regional, national, and international levels who now seek out CAPLA students as employees.  

Current Drachman Institute services and products include:

Built environment assessments - inventories, GIS mapping, demographics, transit, housing, open space, neighborhoods, and indoor environmental quality
Research services - quantitative, qualitative, project reporting, and physiological and environmental sensing
Preparation of planning and presentation documents - historic preservation plans, transit-oriented development, landscape and urban design, neighborhood and regional master plans, graphic design, and policy development
Project and grants management - grant seeking, proposal writing, monitoring and evaluation
Continuing and professional education - workshops, credit and non-credit courses
Community engaged planning and design - small group facilitation, public participation, workshops, charrettes, and forums 
The Drachman Institute is a demonstrated leader in the communities we serve.  It has completed hundreds of projects and has engaged with communities, organizations, and governments in half the counties in Arizona, three tribal nations, nine states, and six countries by partnering with lower-income neighborhoods, school districts, community and non-profit organizations, and private corporations, as well as local, state, federal, tribal, and international agencies.  

Our clients and partners include:

Federal - Bureau of Land Management, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of State, General Services Administration, National Park Service, US Forest Service

Tribal - Diné (Navajo) Nation, Hopi Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation

State - Arizona Department of Housing, State Historic Preservation Office

Local - Amity Foundation, City of Tucson, Family Housing Resources, Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Pima County, Primavera, Southern AZ  AIDS Foundation, Town of Marana, Town of Oro Valley, Town of Sahuarita, Tucson Urban League, YMCA, Neighborhoods, schools and churches throughout Pima County

University of Arizona - Academic Units: Departments of Anthropology, Geography, Psychology; Colleges of Public Health, Medicine, Management

University of Arizona - Non-Academic Units: Arizona State Museum, University Libraries, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Native People’s Technical Assistance Program

International - Fundación Altiplano (Chile), Instituto Nacional de Antropolgía e Historia (Mexico), Instituto Tecnológico y Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico), Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (Iraq), Kabul University (Afghanistan), National Built Heritage Center (Saudi Arabia), Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico), University of Dammam (Saudi Arabia)

Private - AMEC, Inc., Rocking K Development Co.


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