Founded in 1984, CCFA's Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology (IEAA) is one of the University's five Tennessee Centers of Excellence. An element of the Department of Art, the Institute studies the art and culture of ancient Egypt through teaching, research, exhibition and community education. IEAA supports an epigraphic survey in the Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt, and partners with the Italian Archaeological Mission at the tomb of Harwa at Thebes.

The Center for Sustainable Design (CSD) is part of the Department of Architecture.The Center strives for leadership in a new era of building and designing in Memphis and to develop principles of green architecture that supports the environmental, economic and social conditions of the Mid-South. It engages students from different academic disciplines in architectural research, design, construction and evaluation.