Research Centers

Research activity by professors in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning is conducted through research centers, labs, and institutes affiliated with the College of Architecture and Texas A&M University. The college-wide certificate programs are offered through the centers to any graduate students in the university.

 

Center for Health Systems & Design

The Center for Health Systems & Design is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on health facility planning and design. The research interests of faculty fellows range from the effects of stress on patients' health and well being, to the design of healing environments for neonatal patients, children, the elderly, people who live in the Texas colonias and AIDS patients. The primary activities of the Center include: a professional associates program, curriculum development, health lecture series and support of health-related research and design projects.

 

Center for Housing and Urban Development

The Center for Housing and Urban Development (CHUD) in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University has historically focused on the management of the CHUD Colonias Program, which was created in 1991 to meet some of the pressing needs of the residents of the Colonias along the Texas/Mexico Rio Grande border, in accord with a mandate from the Texas Legislature, which provided funding for this purpose.

 

Caudill Rowlett and Scott Center (CRS Center)

The mission of the CRS Center is to create useful knowledge in leadership and management that applies to both individual projects as well as firms and organizations in the design, construction and facility management industry.

 

Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center

The center engages in research on hazard mitigation, disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The staff of the HRRC is interdisciplinary in nature and includes the expertise of architects, engineers, geographers, psychologists, and sociologists. The HRRC is dedicated to providing access to hazards information for homeowners, professionals, business investors, and the academic community.

 

Center for Heritage Conservation

The two-fold mission of the Center of Heritage Conservation is to: Develop, maintain and administer a cross-disciplinary Certificate in Historic Preservation based on strong discipline-based academic programs that prepare graduates to enter the preservation field. Instill a basic awareness of historic preservation and historic resource management issues for undergraduate and graduate audiences through cooperation with other disciplines across the campus.

 

Texas Transportation Institute

Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) is the largest university-affiliated transportation research agency in the United States. Created in 1950 in response to the needs of the Texas Highway Department, TTI has since broadened its focus to address all modes of transportation—highway, air, water, rail and pipeline. TTI is a state agency and a member of The Texas A&M University System. TTI's program of practical, applied research helps hundreds of sponsors address a range of transportation challenges. For example, through decades of research in just the highway area—planning, design, construction, maintenance, safety and operations—virtually every mile of roadway in Texas has been positively impacted by some aspect of the TTI program. Through research, development and technology transfer, TTI is helping to meet the transportation needs of tomorrow.

 

Microclimate Laboratory

Global Climate Change (GCC) and Urban Heat Island (UHI) intensification are making American cities hotter places to live. Urban designers need solid evidence on how to reverse this trend, and they need proven strategies for redesigning cities so that they will be more thermally-comfortable. Microclimate is a major part of urban living and is experienced by people as their personal weather. Microclimates affect the air temperature, humidity, wind, as well as solar and terrestrial radiation at the local level. All of these elements are invisible to the human eye, but they strongly influence people’s every-day decision such as whether or not to walk to work, to play sports in a park, or even to garden in the backyard. Microclimatic design can make places more thermally comfortable thus encouraging outdoor activity.

 

Institute for Sustainable Communities

The Texas A&M Institute for Sustainable Communities (IfSC) is the university's focal point of interdisciplinary sustainable community research, engagement, and high-impact service learning. The Institute is the go-to place for Texas A&M faculty, staff, and students to collaborate on work that crosses sectors and disciplines, advancing solutions that link knowledge to action, and solves critical societal challenges of today and tomorrow. Working on campus and around the world, we strive to support development of sustainable communities and cities that seek balance between human and environmental needs of people today and of generations to come; provide fair and equitable access to resources to improve the development of human capabilities and wellbeing; engage in civil engagement and participatory, democratic decision-making; and include adaptive capacity to survive, respond and grow in the face of expanding physical, social and economic threats.