Faculty in the Public Engagement and Placemaking specialization conduct studies on the role of urban design, public art and citizen participation in the enhancement of a sense of community.

The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education is a non-partisan center for research and leadership training on smart growth and related land use issues in Maryland, in metropolitan regions around the nation, and in Asia and Europe.

The specialty in heritage and historical studies is an interdisciplinary group that pursues teaching and research in the areas of history, theory, and heritage studies. Faculty expertise spans a wide geographical area, from the US to Europe and the Middle East.