Community-Based Projects (CBP), like the other units of the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP), stress interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to education, research, and service. Whenever possible, teams of faculty members and students representing various disciplines and expertise work together to address the environmental issues and problems to be solved. 

CAP's departments and programs represent a wide range of expertise and emphases, including urban design, citizen participation, history, preservation and adaptive reuse, research methods and process, and computers and computer-aided design.

Often representatives of disciplines at the university not based in the college, including sociology, political sciencephysicseconomics, and natural resources, contribute to the success of CBP activities. This approach allows for the use of a broad range of substantive and procedural resources.