The Drachman Institute is dedicated to building and advancing community-connected research and teaching dedicated to Building a Changing World.
The Institute is committed to building interdisciplinary research capacity while enhancing the student experience and supporting community decision-making in the built environment.
The Institute is the community-based research and outreach arm of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. Our commitment to engagement corresponds to the professional code of ethics of each of CAPLA’s disciplines, as well as the land-grant mission of the University of Arizona.
This scholarship of engagement is based on a series of core values to prepare students for the professional workplace:
Service Learning and Research
Integrating community outreach projects into interdisciplinary built environment curricula and research.
Engaging local neighborhoods, non-profits, municipalities and businesses, as well as regional, state, tribal, federal and international agencies.
Applying CAPLA knowledge in service to 21st century community needs.