Drachman Institute

Equity, Resilience, Connection and Belonging across the Built Environment

Drachman Institute student work

The Drachman Institute is committed to advancing equity, resilience, connection and belonging across the built environment through transformational interdisciplinary research, design and outreach partnerships.

The Drachman Institute is the community-based research and outreach arm of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona.

Drachman Institute Relaunches with Showcase Event and Appointment of Director Courtney Crosson

Assistant Professor of Architecture Courtney Crosson has been appointed director of the University of Arizona’s Drachman Institute by CAPLA Dean Nancy Pollock-Ellwand. Crosson's introduction was combined with a project showcase on April 13, 2022 in a "relaunch" of this important, community-focused institute.

Learn More About the Drachman Institute Relaunch and Project Showcase

Recent Drachman Institute Projects

Traffic calming chicane

Plan the Plan

Plan the Plan aims to apply crowd-source technology to foster greater inclusion and social justice in the City of Tucson’s neighborhood planning process. CALPLA faculty and students applied this platform to seven neighborhoods in the Grant-Alvernon area of Tucson, Arizona.

Camp Naco

Camp Naco Story Map

The Camp Naco story map tells the story of the still-standing adobe Buffalo Soldier cavalry camp and its meaning both to the descendants of these soldiers and to African American members of the military and their families.

Aerial map of illegal guest houses

Identification of Limits to Development of Innovative Affordable Housing Types in the Tucson Area

Architecture lecturer Bill Mackey investigates the development regulations, costs and trends within the metropolitan Tucson region associated with “innovative” housing types on individual lots for a Drachman Institute project funded by AARP.

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Drachman Institute Administration

Courtney Crosson
Director, Drachman Institute
Assistant Professor of Architecture

Faculty Executive Committee

Header image from Los Nopales, by Andrea Riehle '22 B Arch and Mehli Romero '22 B Arch, part of the GHLN-funded Urban Food Systems studio in concert with the Drachman Institute.