Focus Areas

Focus Areas

Equity, Resilience, Connection and Belonging across the Built Environment

The Drachman Institute is dedicated to supporting the built environment through research and design work with an outreach mission.

 

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Equity, Resilience, Connection and Belonging across the Built Environment

EQUITY

The Drachman Institute has a mission to address issues of equity in the built environment. Currently, the Drachman Institute is working with local partners on a multiyear research project focused on planning and design solutions for chronic housing equity issues in our community.

RESILIENCE

Now more than ever, the climate emergency calls on researchers and designers in the built environment to lead on adaptive solutions for resilient and sustainable cities. Currently, the Drachman Institute is leading this work through consultation to cities on climate action planning to move urban areas toward carbon positive communities. Given the unique situation in the Desert Southwest, Drachman is dedicated to solving urban water challenges. Over the next four years, Drachman is partnering on a project to provide tangible solutions for cities to reach net zero (and net positive) urban water balances.

CONNECTION and BELONGING

The Drachman Institute is committed to an inclusive built environment where there are opportunities for belonging for all. Through our research, design and outreach work, we connect with a broad base of partners. Currently, though the RESTRUCT strategic initiative, the Drachman Institute is building connections between industry and academia to advance industry innovation in the built environment with researchers from across the university in multiple disciplines.

Housing Equity Lab

Kenny Wong
Coordinator

  • Faculty researchers and designers
  • Students
  • Government
  • Industry
  • Community

Urban Resilience Lab

Courtney Crosson
Coordinator

  • Faculty researchers and designers
  • Students
  • Government
  • Industry
  • Community

RESTRUCT / Industry Innovation Lab

Altaf Engineer
Coordinator
Director, RESTRUCT

  • Faculty researchers and designers
  • Students
  • Government
  • Industry
  • Community

Drachman Design-Build Coalition

Mary Hardin
President, Drachman Design-Build Coalition

  • Faculty researchers and designers
  • Students
  • Government
  • Industry
  • Community