Architectural Research Institute

The Architectural Research Institute was founded in 1987 through an intercity collaboration between the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Homestead Preservation Program and the University of the District of Columbia.  The collaboration between CARBS and DHCD was, and still is, to provide comprehensive architectural services to allow for the reclamation of the city’s vacant, boarded and run down housing, in order to rehabilitate the properties so that they might be offered to low- and middle- income residents of the District of Columbia, thus giving these residents the opportunity of becoming homeowners.

Activities & Accomplishments

The Center for Architectural Research & Building Science (CARBS) provides cross-disciplinary research and service to support livable, sustainable, global cities. CARBS offers programs in construction, architecture, and planning, providing students and faculty with opportunities for research and field work. The institute also assists District government and non-profit agencies with capital improvement initiatives. CARBS offers the following services.

Building Rehabilitation

Building Rehabilitation services services focus primarily on the revitalization of abandoned properties throughout the District. Through CARBS’s building rehabilitation program, students have the unique opportunity to gain experience in a broad array of activities associated with the practice of architecture, including field documentation, specification writing, interaction with other professionals, and client contact through project administration. Most notably, CARBS serves the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through its Homestead Program. To date, CARBS has participated in the rehabilitation of over 525 homes and apartments, projects valued at more than $110 million.

Building Systems and Envelope Assessment provides technical assistance and training to building owners, managers, operators, and occupants. Our team includes seasoned professionals with experience in ENERGY STAR and LEED® design, construction, and operations to help you realize your goals for high-performing, efficient buildings.


For more information about programs and services offered within CAUSES’ Division of Land-Grant Programs, please call 202.274.7115 or email

D.C. Sustainability Act of 2012

CAUSES Academic Programs

RN to BS in Nursing – Dr. Pier Broadnax, Program Director
Nutrition and Dietetics - Dr. Prema Ganganna, Program Director
Urban Architecture and Community Planning - Dr. Susan Kliman, Program Director
PSM in Water Resources Management - Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Health Education - John Slack, Program Director

CAUSES Land-grant Programs

Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education – Che' Axum, Director
Center for Sustainable Development & Resilience – Dr. Dwane Jones, Director
Water Resources Research Institute – Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, Director
Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health - Dr. Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director
Institute of Gerontology - Claudia John, Director
Center for 4-H and Youth Development – Rebecca Bankhead, Director
Center for Architectural Innovation and Building Science (CAIBS) - Clarence Pearson, Director

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