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School of Architecture + Planning


SA+P Research

Research and scholarship are foundational to the work of the School of Architecture and Planning.  We are skilled and experienced collaborators with a wide range of scholarly activities and skills. Our work includes:

  • development of policies, programs, plans and designs with communities, non-profits, and governments addressing how the built environment can support their goals;
  • writing and illustrating histories of the built environment and understanding the myriad and complex relationships between people and places;
  • researching energy and water efficiency, environmental services, public health impacts and other performative aspects of the built environment;
  • creating award-winning designs; 
  • documenting historic and cultural resources;
  • managing and researching design and development processes and practices. 

Our faculty have been funded by and collaborated with national agencies, international foundations, tribal and state governments, as well as cities, small towns, neighborhood associations and local non-profit organizations.
The School houses three Community Engagement and Research Centers. 

  • Founded in 1969 the Design and Planning Assistance Center (DPAC) is one of the oldest university-based community design centers in the United States. DPAC works with communities and non-profits throughout the Southwest on urban, landscape, architectural, and planning projects identified by the community.
  • The Resource Center for Raza Planning (RCRP) is engaged in public policy issues related to growth and development in New Mexico. RCRP researches issues such as economic development, land use, land tenure, infrastructure, transportation, water rights, water use and quality, agricultural preservation, and a multitude of other planning topics.
  • Founded in 2011, the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute’s (IDPI) goal is to educate and inform Indigenous design and planning by engaging faculty, students, professionals and community leaders in culturally responsive practices.  Its three principal areas of activity are academic, professional, and tribal. IDPI aims to foster sustainable communities among Indigenous populations—communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.