Research is an essential component of design education at the School of Architecture. Graduate students participate in a wide range of funded and non-funded research, scholarship, and creative and professional activities under the guidance of the School of Architecture faculty. Some of this research is extracurricular and occurs in the form of funded research assistantships in research labs or for individual faculty members. Other graduate student research happens within the curriculum as part of the final year of study thesis project.
Within the School, there are several research centers and laboratories that provide a base for faculty research. These centers also offer opportunities for students to engage in funded research projects with the faculty. This research takes full advantage of the advanced computing, software and digital fabrication facilities at the CoA+A. The scale of research ranges from small, short-term investigations to large, multi-year grants. Sponsored activities include urban design studies for local and regional municipalities and community groups, high performance building and optimization protocols, daylighting and energy analysis, digital design and fabrication components, and interactive visualization.
The School of Architecture's five research centers in which graduate students are employed include:
- Center for the Integrated Building Design Research
- Laboratory for Innovative Housing
CriticalMASS Graduate Research Symposium
Each spring, the Masters of Architecture Student Society (MASS) hosts a regional graduate research symposium. Graduate students from regional peer institutions are invited to present their work alongside UNC Charlotte theses students. A distinguished critic is invited to give feedback on all presented work. CriticalMASS is typically held in April with Visiting Distinguished Critic TBD. See the CriticalMASS webpage to learn more about the history and objectives of CriticalMASS.