Architectural Education/Research and STEM

ACSA White Paper


Architecture is a diverse field that draws from multiple areas. Many architecture programs can and do include STEM-related content and a segment of architecture faculty already conduct research in STEM-related areas of interest. Taking advantage of this can offer potential to schools of architecture in both the education and research components of their mission.

The intention of this paper is to:

  • Introduce STEM;
  • Outline potential benefits to Architecture programs if STEM designated;
  • Describe the distinction between STEM research and the Federal STEM designation given through a CIP code;
  • Present survey results describing STEM in current Architecture programs; and
  • Offer Case Studies and resources related to STEM; and
  • Offer a position paper on Architecture and STEM.

2017-2018 ACSA Research & Scholarship Committee Members
Hazem Rashed-Ali, University of Texas at San Antonio (chair)
Kelly Bair, University of Illinois at Chicago
Farzana Gandhi, New York Institute of Technology
Corey Griffin, Portland State University
Simon Kim, University of Pennsylvania
Marc J Neveu, Woodbury University
Marci Uihlein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kentaro Tsubaki, Tulane University
Staff: Eric Wayne Ellis, Director of Operations & Programs, ACSA


Eric W. Ellis
Director of Operations and Programs