Research & Outreach

As part of a top tier research university, the College of Design prides itself not only on teaching the next generation of designers, but on conducting groundbreaking research and sharing our expertise with a wide variety of communities.

The College of Design’s research and outreach units include centers, laboratories, museums, consortia, and institutes of regional, national, and international importance. These units focus on providing innovative solutions to design problems, new information to their constituencies, and thought-provoking opportunities for student learning.

Research Highlights

Center for Design in Health

Center for Design in Health wrong-patient, wrong-procedure prevention

The Center for Design in Health is currently working with a hospital in Delaware to implement process elements designed to prevent wrong-patient, wrong-procedure, wrong-site events in 16 different care delivery areas where invasive and/or high risk procedures are performed, including inpatient and outpatient settings.

Center for Sustainable Building Research

Center for Sustainable Building Resarch MPCA Grant Prototype

The Center for Sustainable Building Research worked with the University Libraries and the GIS department to map the location of lost urban waterways, which were then represented on current maps of the Twin Cities. This research effort located covered water ways and then geo-positioned the older maps over todays maps to see the approximate locations of these streams.

Goldstein Museum of Design

Goldstein Museum of Design object of the week example

Expanding the online photographic collection resource, the Goldstein Museum of Design has launched an updated version of the popular digital collection database that includes an “Object of the Week.” This newly revised collection exploration site features search potential by collections, chronology, object types, designer, and other fields.

Minnesota Design Center

Minnesota Design Center Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority prototype for transit options and street layouts

The Minnesota Design Center recently participated in a community engagement process for the Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority around transit options and street layouts for the Riverview Corridor connecting downtown St. Paul to the airport and Mall of America, and the Rush Line connecting the downtown to Forest Lake.