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Research + Engagement

Strategic Research Areas

Decarbonization of the Built Environment: Energy-efficient building systems, high performing building assemblies design and construction, performance-based design tools, fundamentals of building science, life-cycle assessment, low carbon materials, sustainable cities.

Emerging Technologies and Advanced Computational Design: Digital fabrication, robotics, cybernetics, programming & creative coding, Artificial Intelligence, smart materials, smart buildings, smart cities, interactive/adaptive design, AR/VR and analytics, building technology and simulation, etc.

Health and Well-Being: Equity-centered design, community-engaged scholarship, environmental justice, healthcare design, behavioral design, user-oriented evidence-based design, subjective well-being and positive psychology in buildings.

Research Labs

ID+CL: The Integrated Design + Construction Lab (ID+CL) conducts sponsored design and construction research activities and advances innovation in practice as part of an allied regional network of university labs. Go to ID+CL.

Interior Ambiances Lab: The Interior Ambiances Lab studies conditions of light, space, form, and material to advance understanding of architectural ambiance and the human experience. Go to Interior Ambiances Lab.

Morphogenesis: An interdisciplinary lab that explores the relationship between the built environment and psychology, research in the Morphogenesis lab examines “compassionate spaces,” cyber-physical smart adaptive built environments that can feel, learn, and respond to physiological and psychological user needs. Go to Morphogenesis Lab.

ModX: MOD X provides research solutions including market surveys and analysis, product R&D, testing, business planning, and technology transfer for the international design, manufacturing and construction industry. Go to ModX.

Reuse Design Lab: The Reuse Design Lab works with industry to identify construction and demolition (C&D) waste streams where robust recycling and reuse is constrained by a lack of current applications. Go to Reuse Design Lab.

Teaching Labs

Fab Labs: The School of Design and Construction Fabrication Labs offers 3500 square feet of maker-space, conveniently located next to Carpenter Hall. Visit the Fabrication Labs.

BIM Lab: Through generous support from Hoffman and McKinstry, the BIM Lab and associated curriculum give construction management students and faculty access to equipment, software, and updated classrooms that reflect current industry technology in Building Information Modeling.  Visit the BIM Lab.

Materials Resource Lab: (link and information forthcoming).


The Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI) aims to enhance the social, cultural, economic, and natural capital of unique rural places through design interventions in the physical environment. Go to RCDI.