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.
Since 1999, the Texas A&M College of Architecture has annually showcased faculty creative work and research on issues relevant to the natural, built and virtual environments in a series of fast-paced lectures abbreviated from talks previously delivered at scholarly gatherings around the world.
The annual symposium was established to underscore the influence of research on teaching and practice. It also serves as a catalyst for research-informed teaching in the College of Architecture's degree programs. And, because many of the presentations were originally delivered at scholarly venues abroad, the event also showcases the global influence of research conducted by college faculty.
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.