Texas Tech University

Architecture Research & Design Center (ARDC)


The Architecture Research & Design Center (ARDC) was created in 1993 to meet the research objectives of the College of Architecture. The Research Committee of the college is responsible for strategic planning and faculty guidance of the ARDC.

The ARDC has individualized laboratories that direct research, design, service, and scholarly activity in the three specialized areas of study in the Master of Science in Architecture program and offers a dedicated facility for the performance of research, design, and service activities. The ARDC provides equipment and administrative support for each of the labs and for general access by the faculty of architecture. 


Mission Statement

The ARDC advances, catalyzes, and supports faculty research and design endeavors that supports and aligns with the CoA's core purpose and values, to helps the College establish its standing and competitiveness within the discipline and the profession.

Vision Statement

The ARDC will support and help foster research, scholarship, and creative activity that serves the global community involving stakeholders within the CoA, TTU, and external contributors. 

Strategic Plan


The day-to-day operations of the ARDC are managed by:

Dr. Clifton Ellis, Associate Dean of Research of the College of Architecture, is the executive director of the ARDC. He is responsible for the development of the policy and procedures of the center and assisting faculty in obtaining support for their scholarship.

Trish Hart, administrative assistant, provides day-to-day administrative support of the ARDC, assists faculty with the management (budgeting and payroll) of their research accounts, and serves as a liaison for faculty with Texas Tech University's Office of Research Services.

To learn more about the ARDC, contact Dr. Clifton Ellis(clifton.ellis@ttu.edu | 806.742.3136). 



In addition to the high-performance computing workstations for use by lab faculty and their research assistants, the ARDC has the following equipment available for faculty use:

  • Leica HDS 3000 (3D Scanner)
  • Leica Scan Station C10 (3D Scanner)
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) Survey Equipment
  • Trimble Survey-Grade GPS
  • Optical Total Station (Survey Equipment)
  • Creaform Handheld 3D Scanner
  • FLIR Infrared Camera
  • Ground Penetrating Radar System


Annual Reports