Department of Interior Architecture Research

Contemporary interior design practice blends research and analysis with practice to create human-centered environments. Our faculty and students engage users, observe behavior, and analyze data to understand and improve contemporary spaces and elements.  

As actively practicing professionals, our faculty members are contributing to current developments in design practice and research both at home and abroad and sharing those experiences with their students. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty researchers on projects and to experience first-hand how research influences design decisions in all aspects of interior design.

Labs and research centers at the School of Architecture & Environment include the following:

light fixtures

Baker Lighting Laboratory

The Baker Lighting Lab enables the study of light and color in architecture, by providing for measurement and analysis of existing buildings and proposed daylighting and electric lighting design in new buildings. The lab enriches existing coursework by providing equipment and a facility for investigating new ideas. Students utilize the wide variety of equipment available to test, monitor, and analyze both case studies of existing buildings as well as their own lighting designs and building models.

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Collaborative for Inclusive Urbanism

A successful city is a platform upon which citizens can achieve their social, personal, and economic aspirations. This platform should be available to all. Our mission is to uncover what makes cities inclusive and drive design of the built environment that is enduringly inclusive of all.


ceiling with skylight

Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory

At the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory, we research how buildings, related transportation and land use systems, climate, and human behavior determine energy and resource use; develop new materials, components, assemblies, whole buildings, and communities with improved performance; consult and develop design tools to enable professionals to design more efficient buildings and communities; educate professionals and students so they develop the knowledge and skills necessary for improving building energy performance; and collaborate with academia, government agencies, utilities, product developers, and the profession.

solar awning design

Facade Integrated Technologies Research & Testing Facility (FIT)

The only facility of its kind in the United States, the Facade Integrated Technologies Research & Testing Facility (FIT) is a full-service, high performance facade analysis research laboratory.

FIT provides a world class testing facility and unique laboratory for experimental full-scale testing of envelope components by measuring their energy performance, synergy with other systems, occupant impact, and occupant acceptance of facade technologies.

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High Performance Environments Laboratory (HIPE)

The High Performance Environments Lab (HiPE) is an Oregon BEST signature research laboratory with extensive expertise and testing facilities for fundamental, applied research, and design assistance services. HiPE lab develops tools and technologies for the design and assessment of High Performance Environments and the Green Building industry. The lab supports collaboration and the sharing of expertise and resources between the green building industry and academics and students within multiple departments at the University of Oregon and other Oregon University System campuses. The HiPE lab generates information for use in green building research and practices.

OregonBILDS house rendering

Oregon B.I.L.D.S

OregonBILDS (Building Integrated Livable Designs Sustainably) is a design-build studio program developed through generous grants from the UO Meyer Fund for a Sustainable Environment and Lease Crutcher Lewis. It is a dynamic collaboration of classroom instruction and practical, real-world application of design, construction, and community involvement. Participating students collaboratively design and build one residence per year. Each project explores the nature of sustainable architecture in relation to affordable residential design. Students engage the fundamentals of residential design and construction as they conscientiously develop an appropriate design solution for a typical residential site.

automated vehicles

Sustainable Cities Initiative

Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is a cross-disciplinary organization at the University of Oregon that promotes education, service, public outreach, and research on the design and development of sustainable cities.

Our work addresses sustainability issues from the regional level down to the building. Creating a sustainable city cannot happen within a single discipline; SCI is grounded in a cross-disciplinary approach to solving community sustainability issues.

Multiway Boulevard design - Urban Design Lab

Urban Design Laboratory

The Urban Design Lab (UDL) is an innovative and award-winning architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and planning organization housed in the College of Design at the University of Oregon. The UDL seeks to blur the boundaries between academia and professional practice by engaging real world projects with real clients, stakeholders and user groups, while promoting service-based learning, public outreach and research on the planning, design and development of streets, parks, buildings, and cities in an ethical and sustainable way.