Innovative Design Lab

Director: Prof Tzortzopoulos

IDL is a new interdisciplinary research centre/laboratory at the University of Huddersfield.

The lab conducts theory based and applied research generally into product design, and especially in the built environment, pushing the impact of design thinking and practice to new areas. It cuts across the areas of architectural design, construction management, interior design, new product development, engineering, social sciences and healthcare.

Our research focuses on solving real world problems through design innovation, mobilising the underlying theories as well as the enabling processes and technologies needed to deliver value to users and the society at large.

Our research is developed closely with diverse public and private sector organisations to propose novel solutions to design challenges and project based problems.

We offer Undergraduate, Masters and PhD programmes that are future focused and informed by the state of the art in research and practice.


Our vision is for increasing the value of design whilst reducing costs, enabling the society to benefit from high quality environments and products that are supportive of users needs and activities. This vision will be achieved through scholarly research and industrial engagement. More specifically, the potential of design innovation, collaboration, co-design and lean strategies to improve design and production processes and products will be examined.


  • To advance theory and methods of design and of cognate areas
  • To undertake solution-driven research with a global reach, addressing current challenges and enabling ideas to flow across disciplinary boundaries
  • To produce outcome driven, internationally leading research outputs of relevance, impact and rigour
  • To become an external relations centre for strategic partnership building, developing networks for collaboration in research and teaching, sharing expertise nationally and internationally


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