About Us

About Us

Equity, Resilience, Connection and Belonging across the Built Environment

Equity, Resilience, Connection and Belonging | Design > Research | Outreach

The Drachman Institute of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) serves as a nexus for research and design projects that center around outreach work.

The Drachman Institute bridges community needs and CAPLA’s knowledge and expertise to advance equity, resilience, connection and belonging across the built environment. The Drachman Institute’s research and design work are linked in an iterative process that continues to calibrate the performance of the built environment to meet the goals of the populations it serves.

Our Areas of Expertise

  • Architecture
  • Emerging building technologies
  • Energy conservation
  • Health and the built environment
  • Heritage conservation
  • Landscape architecture
  • Real estate development
  • Sustainable design
  • Sustainable market transformation
  • Transportation
  • Urban design
  • Urban planning

Our Structure

Drachman structure

Drachman Institute Leadership

Courtney Crosson

Drachman Institute Director
Courtney Crosson

Associate Professor of Architecture

Meet Drachman Institute Staff

    Faculty Executive Committee

    Centers and Coalitions

    DDBC Residence 7

    Drachman Design-Build Coalition

    Mary Hardin


    Housing Equity Lab

    Kenny Wong

    UANAI Center Community Feedback

    Native Peoples Design Coalition

    Laura Carr

    Downtown Tucson 2050

    Urban Resilience Lab

    Courtney Crosson

    Rashi Bhushan
    Postdoctoral Research Associate