The Architectural Research Centers Consortium, Inc. (ARCC) is an international association of architectural research centers committed to the expansion of the research culture and a supporting infrastructure in architecture and related design disciplines. Since its founding as a non-profit corporation in 1976, ARCC has represented a concerted commitment to the improvement of the physical environment and the quality of life.
Historically, ARCC’s members have been schools of architecture who have made substantial commitments to architectural research, often by forming centers directed to research programs. At the same time, ARCC has sponsored many projects, conferences, and other activities involving the broader architectural research community, including industrial laboratories, government agencies, and private practitioners engaged in research.
ARCC members are engaged in sponsored research and in graduate studies intended to develop a more comprehensive research infrastructure for architecture — an infrastructure of researchers, facilities, equipment, research centers, and academic programs working to expand the knowledge base for practice. A recent survey of members identified over $21 million in funded research projects in areas such as:
- Adaptive environments
- Building economics
- Building systems
- Commercial and institutional buildings
- Community development and design
- Computer-aided design
- Construction materials and processes
- Earthquake, fire, and environmental hazards
- Energy, resources, and sustainability
- History and theory of architecture
- Health and related facilities
- Indoor environments
- Lighting and daylighting
- Practice of architecture
- Preservation and rehabilitation
- Simulation and representation
- Tropical planning and design
- Urban and rural design
As an organization of researchers and research centers, ARCC sponsors workshops, undertakes sponsored projects, sustains networks, and exchanges information and experience intended to help build a research culture and infrastructure — in architecture schools and beyond.