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School of Architecture + Planning

Strategic Priorities

Subject Area Initiatives

The four priorities for teaching, research and scholarship guiding the School’s resources for the academic years 2014 through 2017 are:

  • Arid planning and design investigates methods of mitigating and adapting to the water scarcity of the region.
  • Indigenous design and planning involves working with and for cultural groups that have lived in the region for multiple generations, thus establishing a land ethic that is tied to the place.
  • Health and health equity planning and design focuses on creating and sustaining communities and environments that are vital, livable, beautiful, and equitable
  • Digital visualization and fabrication investigates means of gathering data, clearly displaying information, and fabricating with digital tools to support design and planning.

The working definitions will be refined as they are informed by research and scholarship. The faculty will draw on a wide range of methods to carry out research and creative work. The methods may include innovative technology; community engaged scholarship; experiential learning; entrepreneurship, among others.