Our IDRL research fosters inter-/trans-disciplinary collaborations experimenting with new material cultures, technological innovations, health and wellbeing, and net-zero design. With an interdisciplinary approach, we work with experts in diverse backgrounds including architecture, engineering, biology, computer science, geographic science, public health, and psychology. Our research projects strive to go beyond R&D within the lab and translate the latest innovations into practical applications for tangible impacts. We share our research advancement and knowledge with a wider audience through workshops, lectures, conferences, peer-reviewed publications, technology demonstrations, and lab visits.

Research Areas


Advanced Environmental Systems [Read more]


Advanced Material & Structural Systems [Read more]


Re/Generative Design Technology [Read more]


Sustainable Building System Integration [Read more]

Affiliated Research ProGrAMS

support for coa+a research

CoA+A aims to support the research and creative practices of our faculty and staff by helping identify funding opportunities, helping prepare proposals, and providing support in managing awards. We are also a liaison between the college and the Office of Research Services, the Office of Research and Economic Development, and other research-related counterparts across the campus. In these ways, we aim to address our Strategic Planning goals and the university’s mission to facilitate the growth of faculty research and creative practices.

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