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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 ARI 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


Building Rehabilitation

Building Rehabilitation services focus primarily on the revitalization of abandoned properties throughout the District. Through CAIBS’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, CAIBS serves the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through its Homestead Program. To date, CAIBS 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 CAUSES@udc.edu.

D.C. Sustainability Act of 2012