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The mission of the Drachman Design-Build Coalition is to promote and facilitate the design and construction of affordable housing for low-income and underserved populations in Arizona.

The objectives of the Drachman Design Build Coalition are: to provide architectural, landscape architecture, urban design and planning services for low-income populations; to provide quality design and construction for the segment of the population earning below 80% of the median income in Pima County; to establish a standard of design quality that encourages dignity and pride of ownership in dwellers; and to provide the staff of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture with opportunities for continuing education in order to promote personal and professional growth and development as it pertains to service delivery and public policy.

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After several years of successful student-designed and student-built projects, the Drachman Design-Build Coalition was formally incorporated as a non-profit organization receiving its Articles of Incorporation from the Arizona Corporation Commission on August 26, 2004. In 2006, The Drachman Design-Build Coalition obtained status as a 501c3 non-profit housing provider. This then has provided a mechanism for the students and faculty of the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) to more effectively implement design-build community outreach work. The Drachman Design-Build Coalition is currently a licensed, fully-bonded and fully-insured residential general contactor. The Federal Taxpayer ID number is 71-0971809

The Drachman Design-Build Coalition is a daughter organization of the Drachman Institute. Before incorporation, the Drachman Design-Build Coalition operated as The School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture’s (CAPLA) Design-Build program. The Design-Build program designed and constructed two low-cost residences through the Drachman Institute, using small amounts of the Drachman Institute’s budget for operation costs such as plotting construction documents and purchasing gasoline to power equipment used in the residential construction.

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