Our distinguished faculty are engaged in leading research to advance their fields and add value to our world. Students work alongside professors to support these meaningful explorations as well as embark on research about their own interests and passions.

We’ve participated in hundreds of projects to address the following issues and more:

  • affordable housing
  • urban and suburban growth planning
  • economic revitalization
  • transportation
  • land use challenges
  • historic preservation
  • energy efficiency

Want to partner with us? We offer low- to no-cost assistance for businesses, nonprofits, neighborhoods, and communities with qualifying research and community-engagement projects. Let’s discuss the possibilities.

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CAP Faculty Publications

Review abstracts or read full articles written by College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) faculty about the latest theories and issues affecting the built world, design, and environmental, economic, and social considerations. View journal archives.

Drawings and Documents Archive

This extensive archive features more than 100,000 drawings and renderings by practitioners across Indiana, some from present day and others as old as the late 19th century. The archive also features:

  • records about Indiana’s historic sites, structures, and districts
  • biographical information about Indiana’s leading architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, and builders
  • photographs and business records of more than 40 Indiana firms and agencies
  • reference materials used throughout history of the professional practice
  • maps, atlases, and aerial photographs
  • professional equipment, tools, and trade catalogues
  • drawings and specifications related to Ball State University

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Community Projects

In addition to research, our student-faculty teams work throughout the state to improve Indiana citizens’ quality of life through hands-on, problem-focused experiences. Our signature method is to work alongside community partners through charrettes—intense, on-location community design workshops that build innovative plans with local input. Learn more about community projects.

Centers and Labs Dedicated to Community

The following centers and labs support our efforts to provide Indiana communities with low- or no-cost expertise while offering students excellent opportunities for real-world experience:

  • CAP INDY Connector (CAP:IC) affords the college a unique opportunity to help shape not only future professionals, but also the future of Indiana's capital and largest city.
  • Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES) is an interdisciplinary resource focusing on issues related to energy and resource use, alternatives, and conservation. 
  • Center for Historic Preservation (CHP) provides experiences for students and services to communities seeking economic development through preservation.
  • Community-Based Projects (CBP) has made helpful connections with hundreds of local governmental, civic, and service organizations since the late 1960s.
  • Drawings and Documents Archive collects and preserves records about Indiana’s historic sites and structures.
  • Digital Fabrication Lab (DFL), known as the Fab Lab, contains equipment to design and make 1:1 prototypes of building and furniture components as well as small-scale models.
  • Hybrid Design Technologies (HDT) supports the design and production of virtual, immersive, and interactive environments.