The relation between the architectural profession and academia has the potential to be a rich and interactive exchange leading to meaningful advancement of the discipline. This consortium creates a robust knowledge loop in which the profession identify problems in the course of practice, academics research and communicate useful results back to practitioners. Research priorities developed by professionals ensures their value to clients, while complementary research priorities collectively developed with academic researchers address broad societal needs, advance building technology and reduce waste at many scales in the building industry. In the midst of this dynamic mix of professional experts and academic researchers, students thrive, guided by both mentors and professors in individual research projects that connect to multi-year research goals. Since the students’ role in these research efforts is counted in their IDP, meaningful work systematically leads to licensure, potentially upon graduation of the advanced post-professional degree, the Masters of Science in Architecture, concentration in Research Practices (MS-RP), currently under development by UMN.