College of Architecture and Design

The Center for Building Knowledge

The Center for Building Knowledge (CBK) is a research and training institute affiliated with the College of Architecture and Design at NJIT.  CBK is dedicated to generating new knowledge to improve the built environment and enhance the quality of life.  Led by Executive Director Deane Evans, CBK's mission is to help individuals and communities make better-informed decisions concerning the built environment.

RESEARCH FOCI IN SIX KEY AREAS

Sustainable Design and Development

CBK pursues an active program of research, training and information dissemination on the enhancement of sustainability in the built environment through the design, construction and ongoing operation of high performance facilities.

Historic Preservation

Established in 1996, the Historic Preservation team develops methodologies, products, and educational programs that enhance the preservation of historic buildings and structures.

Housing and Community Development

CBK has pursued an active agenda of housing research since 1990, focusing on affordable housing design, community development, and the demonstration of new housing technologies.

Educational Facilities

CBK has been actively engaged in educational facilities research since 1990.  The purpose of the program is to develop and disseminate credible, up-to-date information on the planning, design, construction and operation of K-12 school facilities.  The goal is to provide school personnel with unbiased, research-based information they can use to create state-of-the-art learning centers.

Developmental Disabilities Planning

CBK is home to the Developmental Disabilities Planning Institute (DDPI). DDPI provides technical assistance to the State of New Jersey in the area of planning for persons with developmental disabilities.  We help guide the State's developmental disabilities planning and policy.

Supportive Environments

The mission of the Supportive Environments research team is to examine the role of the environment in fostering and maintaining the health and well-being of special needs populations - the frail elderly and people with physical, intellectual, and behavioral or mental disabilities - and their caregivers.

Masonry Design and Build

Masonry 2012 Video Feature

Masonry Design Build 2012, The construction process of this year's Masonry Design and Building Competition. Architecture students building their designs.

Team NJ Solar Decathlon 2011

Solar Decathalon 2011 Video Feature

A walkthrough of the Solar Decathlon house -- design team composed of architecture and industrial design students from NJIT CoAD, working with a team from Rutgers University.

Industrial Design at CoAD

Industrial Design studentsVideo Feature

Folding bicycles designed and fabricated by third year Industrial Design students with instructor Ran Lerner in Fall 2011.

Digital Design at CoAD

Danielle Esmaya Video Feature

Danielle Esmaya created this video for the Video & Animation class a required second year course for Digital Design students.

Grad Studies in Architecture

NCE Video Feature

Justin Capuco graduate student at the New Jersey School of Architecture talks about his rewarding experiences.

Faculty Profile: Matt Gosser

Matt Gosser Video Feature

Matthew Gosser '03, an adjunct professor in NJIT's College of Architecture