Interdisciplinary Design Organization (IDO) Research Department is a network of researchers with aim of developing a deeper understanding of the connection between design, business, and the human experience. Through a combination of research grants, publications and external partnerships, we seek to use the power of design to create a healthy, equitable and sustainable living environment.

We aim to assist the design community to make decision based on evidence-based approaches and insight-driven ideas to promote the outcomes in health, education and community. Researchers and members of the research department come from many countries with diverse backgrounds and experiences in design and planning-related fields. 


Research Areas:

Urban studies 

  • Public open spaces
  • Place making
  • Social and environmental justice
  • Informal settlements
  • Public transportation and transit-oriented development
  • Eco-friendly cities
  • Healthy cities, urban ecology
  • Smart Cities
  • Affordable housing


  • Architectural history
  • Architectural design process
  • Architectural education
  • Parametric design
  • Vernacular architecture
  • Cultural heritage and restoration
  • Lighting design

Landscape Architecture

  • Urban and rural landscapes
  • Green spaces and infrastructure
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Landscape fragmentation
  • Landscape connectivity
  • Landscape ecology
  • Landscape history

Sustainable design

  • Recycling
  • Passive and active systems
  • Urban modeling
  • Energy efficiency and modeling
  • Green buildings
  • Climate resilience
  • Adaption and Mitigation
  • Biophilic design
  • Bionic architecture
  • Renewable energies 

Interior Design

  • Residential design
  • Healthcare design
  • Wayfinding
  • Evidence-based design
  • Human-centered design
  • Lighting design
  • Color Psychology
  • Space Planning

Creative design

  • Virtual reality
  • Augmented reality
  • Industrial design
  • Object design
  • Fashion Design