One distinctive feature of the College is its commitment to improving the knowledge base of the planning, design and construction professions through research. The College of Architecture has one of the most active research programs in the country. Awards of externally funded research in the College typically amount to about $4-5.5 million per year. The diversity of the college is represented in the wide range of research undertaken by faculty. Research activity is focused upon the College's five formally organized research centers and laboratories, highlighted by world famous programs in health care design and visualization.
Texas A&M University is undergoing a foundational effort to develop an Academic Master Plan which will both enable and guide the implementation of the Vision 2020. As part of the effort, the following documents are available for download and review. These "white papers" propose areas of excellence where the College of Architecture can assume a global leadership role in the research portfolio of the Texas A&M System.
Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the college's research initiative is the Research and Interdisciplinary Council (CRIC). Its mission is to develop broad-based, interdisciplinary cultures in the College which encourage the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge in the planning, design and construction of built and virtual environments.
The ASLA Award Showcase is an online archive featuring entries for the annual Landscape Architecture award presented by the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The archive includes over 300 award-winning projects dating back to 1986.
The College of Architecture advances the Hurricate Katrina initiative with a list of College of Architecture faculty uniquely credentialed to address problems related to this national disaster, supplemented by an expanding collection of white papers showcasing how the faculty's uniquely deep and broad expertise can assist the search for sustainable, just, economically viable and holistic solutions to disaster preparedness and recovery.