Research Support

College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) Research Support is a resource for faculty and students involved in research at the college. On this page, CAPLA scholars will find current grant funding and partnership opportunities as well as conference and submission opportunities that are focused on built environment research. Links to the University of Arizona and CAPLA resources to support scholarly activity will also be provided on this page. In addition, the current news about the university-wide research initiative Building a Changing World will be included here along with Drachman Institute news and events. Occasionally, we will post a discussion about current opportunities or changing environments. Finally, this page will feature current research activity and accomplishments by CAPLA faculty and students.


Research Opportunties

The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice (Haury Program) invites your community and university partnerships to share your ideas to create a just and sustainable society. We know that many University of Arizona and Community Partnerships are thinking about how to move the needle in building a stronger, more sustainable social fabric. We ask you to imagine what a socially just and sustainable Southwest will look like in 25 years and tell us your plans for projects that will work to make ideas reality.

Call for Proposals Fall 2019

Seed Grants: Seed grants are one-time or well-defined prototype or model projects for completion within 2 years, resulting in data, on-the-ground actions, and recommendations to support the longer-term efforts for systemic change.

Award Amounts - Up to $100,000 per year for up to 2 years

Proposal due - October 31, 2019

Challenge Grants :A challenge grant assembles a team to confront major challenges, often termed “wicked problems,” at the nexus of environment and social justice to move the needle to create systemic and transformational changes.

Award Amounts - Up to $200,000 per year for up to 3 years

Letter of Intent due - October 31, 2019


Graham Foundation


Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham realizes this vision throughmaking project-based grants to individuals and organizations and producing exhibitions, events, and publications.

Grantmaking Focus

Architecture and related spatial practices engage a wide range of cultural, social, political, technological, environmental, and aesthetic issues. We are interested in projects that investigate the contemporary condition, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment.

We support innovative, thought-provoking investigations in architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and related fields of inquiry. Our interest also extends to work being done in the fine arts, humanities, and sciences that expands the boundaries of thinking about architecture and space. In an effort to bridge communities and different fields of knowledge, we support a wide range of practitioners (such as architects, scholars, critics, writers, artists, curators, and educators) and organizations (such as non-profit galleries, colleges and universities, publishers, and museums).

Open discourse is essential to advance study and understanding, therefore our grantmaking focuses on the public dissemination of ideas. With our support, the work of individuals and organizations reaches new audiences, from specialized to general, and creates opportunities for critical dialogue between various publics.



John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography from the Society for Visual Anthropology

This award is awarded periodically to an author or photographer whose publication, exhibit, website, or other multimedia production exemplifies the use of still photographs (both historical and contemporary) for research and communication of anthropological knowledge.  The submission must have a strong visual research perspective along with being good documentary photography and be within five years of the original publication date.

Deadline: March 15, 2020


Walter S. Mangold Award from the National Environmental Health Association

This award recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the environmental health professional. These contributions include, but are not limited to, promoting the art and science of environmental health through the development of innovative programming, which can be used to resolve environmental health problems in a multitude of areas, including at the national level; acting as a mentor and role model for peers and others; preventing disease and injury and promoting good health in communities, utilizing the highest standards of modern environmental health practices; and continually urging others to improve by use of all forms of modern communication.

Deadline: March 15, 2020 (anticipated)


Leadership in History Awards - Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History

This award is presented to recognize excellence for projects in the collection, preservation and interpretation of state and local history (including civic engagement, special projects, educational programs, exhibits, publications, etc.), and individual lifetime achievement.

Deadline: March 1, 2020 


Fellowship (Creative Writing) from the National Endowment for the Arts

Fellowships in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement

Deadline: March 6, 2020 (anticipated)


ARCC Awards Program :

Submission Deadlines - October 1, 2019

ARCC Research Incentive Award - The ARCC Research Incentive Award aims to support and promote high‐quality architectural research and scholarship activities in ARCC member schools. The program provides faculty in ARCC member schools with the resources needed to support and enhance their research and creative activities and to develop their research agendas.

ARCC New Researcher Award - The ARCC New Researcher Award each year is offered to member institutions of ARCC to acknowledge and reward emerging figures in architectural and environmental design research that demonstrate innovation in thinking, dedication in scholarship, contributions to the academy, and leadership within architectural and environmental design research.

ARCC Dissertation Award - The ARCC Dissertation Award is offered each year for the best dissertation by a doctoral student from a member school. The award is intended to honor significant new research in architecture and environmental design and to recognize the achievement of an emerging scholar.


Lewis-Burke Associates LLC Defense Policy Newsletter 

September 4, 2019


DARPA Releases Young Faculty Award Research Announcement
DARPA Announces Additional Polyplexus Pilot Topics for Fall 2019
DARPA I20 Releases BAA for Symbiotic Design Program
DARPA MTO Releases BAA for FOCII Program
DOD Releases FOA for Defense Education and Civilian University Research
IARPA Releases RFI on Energy Storage Systems
Space Accelerator Program Seeks Small Business Engagement
AFRL Seeks Engagement with Startups
Air Force Announces Additional Pitch Days
Military Services and DARPA Pre-Release SBIR/STTR Program Announcements






Conference Opportunities and Workshops

Material Futures for SWAMP (Solar, Water, And Metabolic Processes): Architectural Integration -Aletheia Ida, Assistant Professor, Architecture


Seminar Date: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2019, 2:00PM-2:50PM

Seminar Location: HARSHBARGER BLDG. 206

Additional Information: In the past, regionally available materials and construction techniques shaped the possibilities for climate responsive architecture, resulting in sustainable design practices. Over time, materials and methods of best practices for buildings became universal in conjunction with dependence on mechanical system developments for thermal and environmental management. The overarching question posed through this lecture asks: how might architecture influence the development of materials? This lecture addresses the integration of solar, water, and metabolic processes within the material systems in architectural design and presents a series of in-progress design projects exploring material applications in new ways for adaptive environmental response.


Aletheia Ida, PhD, recipient of the 2018 AIA Arizona Research Design Award, is an Architect and Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona developing interdisciplinary design theory for robust frameworks to inform applied research in emergent environmental building technologies.  With over fifteen years of experience in professional architecture practice and fluency with building performance analytics, she develops contextual applications for solar, water, and metabolic systems through parallel explorations of socio-environmental criteria, material inventions, and innovative digital and physical design methods.  She has recently lectured at Yale University, Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and the Center for Ecosystems and Architecture at the New Lab in Brooklyn. Her design and research is published with Metropolis “Source Materials,” ACADIA, World Sustainable Built Environments, Materials Research Society “Programmable Matter,” Cambridge University Press MRS Advances, Society for Optics and Photonics, ACSA-AIA Intersections, IGI Global Press “Energetic Forms of Matter,” AIA BRIK Knowledgebase, PLEA, Arquitectura Ciudad y Region, Simulation in Architecture and Design (SimAUD), Advanced Building Skins (ABS), Building Technology Educators Society (BTES), and Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC). Her research is recognized through the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and funded by the National Science Foundation and Microsoft.



In historic Canterbury, the University of Kent hosts a conference on built heritage, future architecture and the digital turn.

Conference Dates: 29-30 June 2020  

Conference Location: Canterbury, UK. University of Kent

Abstracts: 10th Feb 2020 (Round One)


* The City and Complexity - Life, Design and Commerce in the Built Environment

In London, City University hosts a conference on urban design, architecture and infrastructure in the context of the city as a social and economic entity. 

Conference Dates: 17-19 June 2020 

Conference Location: London, University of London

Abstracts: 1st Dec 2019 (Round One) 


 Transdisciplinary Research on the Changing Arctic and Its Global Impacts:  Enhancing Capacity for Convergence Science - Workshop

When: October 31 – November 1, 2019

Where: The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, 100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA

Hosted by: The University of California, Irvine School of Social Sciences, School of Social Ecology, School of Physical Sciences, Samueli School of Engineering, School of Biological Sciences, School of Law and School of Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources

Rapid and wide-scale changes precipitated by Arctic warming portend new opportunities and unprecedented risks to natural systems; social and cultural systems; economic, political and legal systems; and built environments of the Arctic and across the globe. Understanding and adapting to a changing Arctic will require creative new research frameworks that cross-cut the social, behavioral, natural, physical, and engineering sciences. Yet, such interdisciplinary integration is often difficult to accomplish, and obstacles to convergence persist.

With support from the National Science Foundation, the University of California-Irvine will host a workshop on developing transdisciplinary, convergence research projects on the impacts of the changing Arctic on both the Arctic region and the rest of the world. We invite the participation of researchers from diverse disciplines across the United States who would like to undertake research on Arctic change and/or its global impacts as envisioned in NSF's Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Big Idea. The workshop will offer training activities to enhance capacity to do so in a manner that deeply integrates the social and behavioral sciences with the natural, physical and engineering sciences and other disciplines and engages local communities in meaningful collaborations. The workshop will cover both research in the Arctic and its impacts elsewhere.

Funds are available to support travel (including transportation, meals and accommodation) for up to 40 participants on-site. Individuals may also register to attend virtually. Applications are invited from researchers at all stages of career development, and individuals new to research in the Arctic are especially encouraged to apply. To apply or register, please complete the online form here.

Applications for in-person attendance and travel support should be received by Monday, September 23, 2019. Virtual registration is open until October 28, 2019. For more information, visit :; or contact Dr. Holly Hapke at or Allison Marks at


NEH Application Writing Workshop 

Workshop Date: September 26, 2019,  9:00-1:00

Workshop Location: ENR2

Register to attend 

1:1 appointments have been filled by those that applied for the canceled January workshop. 


Call for Papers from the Journal of Engineering and Architecture ISSN: 2334-2986 (Print) 2334-2994 (Online)

Journal of Engineering and Architecture is an international peer-reviewed journal. The journal is not limited to a specific aspect of engineering and architecture but is instead devoted to a wide range of subfields in the engineering sciences and architecture. Articles of interdisciplinary nature are particularly welcome. The journal strives to maintain high quality of publications. There will be a commitment to expediting the time taken for the publication of the papers. The editorial board reserves the right to reject papers without sending them out for review. The journal also publishes innovative contributions on every aspect of architectural endeavor.

The journal is published by the American Research Institute for Policy Development that serves as a focal point for academicians, professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research throughout the world.

The interested contributors are highly encouraged to submit their manuscripts/papers to the executive editor via e-mail at Please indicate the name of the journal (Journal of Engineering and Architecture) in the cover letter or simply put ‘Journal of Engineering and Architecture’ in the subject box during submission via e-mail. 

The journal is Abstracted/Indexed in CrossRef, CrossCheck, Cabell's, Ulrich's, Griffith Research Online, Google Scholar,, Informatics, Universe Digital Library, Standard Periodical Directory, Gale, Open J-Gate, EBSCO, Journal Seek, DRJI, ProQuest, BASE, InfoBase Index, OCLC, IBSS, Academic Journal Databases, Scientific Index.

E-Publication FirstTM is a feature offered through our journal platform. It allows PDF version of manuscripts that have been peer reviewed and accepted, to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final printed journal. Readers can freely access or cite the article. The accepted papers are published online within one week after the completion of all necessary publishing steps.

Each paper published in Journal of Engineering and Architecture is assigned a DOI® number, which appears beneath the author's affiliation in the published paper. 

JEA is inviting papers for Vol. 7, No. 2. The online publication date is December 31, 2019. Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019.  

For any additional information, please contact with the executive editor at


Dr. David Grau, Arizona State University, USA.


Journal of Engineering and Architecture







University Research Initiative Sub-Pillar - Building a Changing World

Building A Changing World Workshop #2: October 25, 2019

More information will be provided in this space soon.

Building A Changing World Symposium: December 12, 2019

More information will be provided in this space soon.

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