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 Institute Structure

Drachman Institute Leadership

Drachman Institute Director
Courtney Crosson

Courtney Crosson

Director, Drachman Institute
Associate Professor of Architecture

Courtney Crosson is a licensed architect, associate professor and director of the Drachman Institute at the University of Arizona, where she teaches classes on water in the built environment and community outreach studios. Her current research advances decentralized water systems to address pressing problems facing cities—whether water scarcity in the U.S. Southwest or safe and affordable water access in informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. She has won numerous national and state awards for her teaching, outreach and research. Crosson, who earned a Master of Architecture from Yale University and BA in Art History from Duke University, joined CAPLA in 2016.

Bo Yang

Drachman Institute Interim Director
Bo Yang

Interim Director, Drachman Institute
Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

    Faculty Executive Committee

    Housing Equity Lab

    Kenny Wong
    Coordinator, Housing Equity Lab
    Lecturer in Sustainable Built Environments

    Urban Resilience Lab

    Courtney Crosson
    Coordinator, Urban Resilience Lab
    Associate Professor of Architecture

    RESTRUCT / Industry Innovation Lab

    Altaf Engineer
    Director, RESTRUCT
    Coordinator, Industry Innovation Lab
    Assistant Professor of Architecture