A bellwether in sustainable, computational, and urban design, CMU SoA has a rich and venerable history of leading the architecture discipline in research excellence.

Our faculty members combine their deep expertise in architectural subdisciplines (the “vertical” dimension) with broad, collaborative interconnectedness across campus and the globe (the “horizontal” dimension). The result? CMU SoA’s four research centers push the boundaries of architecture, forge connections beyond the discipline, and draw government, industry, and nonprofit partners to fund and apply our work.

This culture of inquiry isn’t limited to the graduate programs or sequestered research labs: the faculty member who manages a million-dollar sustainability project in the morning teaches an undergraduate design studio in the afternoon. Students at all levels are encouraged to explore design as research, so SoA’s legendary research excellence permeates the entire curriculum and every student’s education.


The Applied Architectural Robotics Collective 
investigates the application of industrial robots in building and construction.


The Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics conducts research, demonstrations, and teaching in relation to the performance of advanced building systems and technologies.


The Computational Design Lab conducts leading-edge research and education at the intersection of information technologies, the built environment, and design. 


The Remaking Cities Institute shares lessons learned in the Pittsburgh region with post-industrial cities around the world.