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

Read the Drachman Self-Study Report


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