Research Resources

Design Research Knowledgebases

InformeDesign®
InformeDesign is an evidence-based Web site that houses an extensive database for easy-to-read Research Summaries written for designers of the built environment—architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, graphic designers, code officials, and policy makers. With funding from ASID, the site was created and is operated by the University of Minnesota.  

Knowledge Center
Available through the IIDA Web site, the Knowledge Center contains a selection of research abstracts on a variety of design topics, with links to the original article or source.

Research Design Connections
Research Design Connections is a subscription-based service that distills important, practical lessons from design-useful articles on psychology, sociology, anthropology, biology and other scientific fields as well as academic research in interior design, architecture and landscape architecture. Information is provided via the Research Design Connections Web site, a quarterly electronic newsletter, an archive of hundreds of past articles, and a daily blog (free to subscribers and non-subscribers).

Industry Research

Many industry leaders have compiled research on key design topics in order to better serve their customers.  These white papers and case studies are available online.  We've provided links to a few of the top corporate research sites that should prove invaluable as you work with your clients to meet their current and future needs.

Academic Research

Carnegie Mellon Green Design Institute
An interdisciplinary research effort to make an impact on environmental quality through green design.

Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access
Housed in the School of Architecture & Planning at the University of Buffalo in New York

The Center for Real Life Kitchen Design
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech

Center for Universal Design
An initiative of the College of Design at North Carolina State University

Intypes
The Intypes (Interior Archetypes) Research and Teaching Project at Cornell creates a typology of contemporary interior design practices that are derived from reiterative historical designs that span time and style and cross cultural boundaries.

Universal Design Learning Lab
Operated by the Iowa State University Extension program through the Department of Human Development and Family Studies