What is the PDCI?
The Planning, Design and Construction Institute (PDCI) in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) is an applied research unit devoted to advancing the application of knowledge and practice that improves the quality and safety of the built environment.
The PDIC is a catalyst for creating effective and productive applied research partnerships. The PDCI is where answers to real world questions are formulated, where partnerships with the civil society yield community benefits, and where the next generation of student leaders become involved in research and solutions based design.
What Does The PDCI Do?
The PDCI assembles faculty, supervised students and professional affiliates to work on projects of faculty interest and community and professional need. The PDCI engages in grant/contract supported applied research, fee supported projects, and community service programs. These programs and projects are focused on the built and ecological environments and the factors that shape them. It sponsors educational workshops and provides a variety of reports and presentations that further the activities on behalf of PDCI members and partners. While the quality and safety of California’s built environment is the primary PDCI focus, broader issues of global importance will also be addressed.
We live in a complex and constantly adjusting world. Solutions require collective work and the PDCI uses the collective expertise approach and innovative technology, to answer the questions of how create, maintain and enhance a sustainable built environment.
What Is PDCI's Mission?
The PDCI’s mission is to engage in research activities and technical support in the areas of the design, regeneration, sustainability, and construction of a safe and secure built environment. To accomplish this mission, the PDCI calls upon faculty from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, students and professional affiliates to carry out mission-related projects.
Now Accepting Seed Grant Proposals
The PDCI is currently accepting faculty proposals for Seed grants. If you are interested in applying for a summer 2013 grant, please download the Call for Proposals (.pdf) for further information.
What Are PDCI’s Emphasis Areas?
The PDCI has expertise in and provides services in four emphaisi areas including Sustainable Communities, Innovative Technology, Interdisciplinary Education and Global Engagement. A description of each of these areas can be found under the Emphasis Areas tab.