Centers & Institutes-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty, students, and visiting scholars have access not only to our cutting-edge facilities, but to the collection of resources that exist in our centers.

Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics The Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics (CBPD), in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, conducts research, demonstrations, and teaching in relation to the performance of advanced building systems and technologies.

Computational Design Laboratory (CoDe Lab) The Computational Design Laboratory in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University conducts leading-edge research and education at the intersection of information technologies, the built environment, and design. This interdisciplinary environment brings together students, faculty, and resources from throughout Carnegie Mellon's campus, spanning fields such as computer science, human-computer interaction, digital fabrication, tangible interaction design, mechanical engineering, product design, and electrical engineering.

Remaking Cities Institute The Remaking Cities Institute (RCI) is an urban design research center based in the School of Architecture. Our mission is to promote an improved quality of life in cities and towns through academic, applied and action research into place-making and community redevelopment. The RCI expands the regional and global impact of the School of Architecture's Urban Laboratory studio and Master of Urban Design (MUD) program by fostering multi-sectorial collaboration between faculty, researchers, professionals and community organizations. Through our education and outreach programs, we contribute to the growing dialogue on urban design and planning in the Pittsburgh region, and to the diversification of the field of urban design.

Advanced Building Systems Integration Consortium In 1988, the CBPD established the Advanced Building Systems Integration Consortium (ABSIC), a university-industry-government partnership that supports the collaborative research of the CBPD.

Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace This demonstration facility is a "living" and "lived-in" laboratory for teaching and research in the performance of innovative building products and assemblies integrated into an actual working office. Equipped with advanced computer and diagnostic equipment, the facility informs education and professional practice.

Sustainable Design Academy The Sustainable Design Academy (SDA) provides working professionals access to and engagement with the most current research on sustainable design practices. The SDA tailors executive education programs that meet the unique needs of those with prior experience in design and construction fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, construction, planning, public policy, product design, ecology, and other disciplines.

Urban Laboratory The Urban Laboratory is a studio-based outreach program in the School of Architecture. Each fall, teams of students work with community members to craft innovative design visions for a neighborhood in the Pittsburgh Region. Our approach to urban design and planning engages the city as an integrated design problem, which is best solved through a participatory design process. Emphasizing both community empowerment and cutting edge urbanism, we work towards a more sustainable, just, and beautiful city.