The college is home to a number of academic centers for faculty and student research. Among these are the following:
- The Center for Design Research Innovation (CDRI) undertakes industry- and grant-funded research and experimental design initiatives and coordinates interdisciplinary projects with other colleges, departments and centers in the university around questions of design.
- CERHAS, the Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historical and Archaeological Sites, conducts research and produces educational outcomes (including disc, video, internet and exhibits) that visualize and interpret cultural heritage sites using interactive multimedia technology.
- The Community Design Center/Niehoff Studio, organizes collaborative interdisciplinary community/university partnerships for research, design, and public education, on physical improvements that serve the university's urban area.
- Joint Center for GIS and Spatial Analysis (GISSA) conducts training and research in the application of GIS and spatial analysis in environmental studies, urban and regional planning, and locational analysis for government and business, and coordinates GIS-related activities at the university.
- The Directory of African American Architects is maintained as a public service to promote an awareness of who African American architects are and where they are located. The sole qualification for listing is licensure in one of the fifty US jurisdictions and their territories.