The College of Art and Architecture is a leader in art and design research. From sustainable and green design to innovative sculpting techniques, our faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally for their expertise.
The college is a lead partner in several universitywide initiatives focused on sustainability at the university, in the state and around the world. Our faculty contributes research and expertise to the following projects:
In the Classroom
We consider teaching and research to be complementary activities that reinforce each other. Faculty members bring their research into the classroom and involve their students, both undergraduate and graduate, in their research programs.
Students have outstanding opportunities to partake in research addressing some of the most pressing issues facing communities today. These opportunities most often take the form of hands-on studios.
- Redevelopment planning of Cascade, Idaho
- Restoration of Paradise Creek in Moscow, Idaho
- Sustainability of the Basque culture in Boise through interactive virtual environments
- Design-build project of a carbon-neutral building on the University of Idaho, McCall field campus
Center for Resilient Communities
The CRC addresses the social, economic and environmental issues effecting community resilience in Idaho and the Western United States through the co-production of knowledge based on interdisciplinary research and the development and application of social-ecological systems science.
Urban Design Center, Boise
The UDC offers interdisciplinary programs designed to simulate real-world partnerships. Students address issues of resilience and sustainability at regional and urban scales through research, professional practice and community engagement.
Integrated Design Lab
The IDL is dedicated to the development of high performance buildings in the Intermountain West with emphasis on energy efficiency, building systems and the integration of human factors.