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Innovative Design Lab (IDL)

Director: Prof Tzortzopoulos

IDL is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Huddersfield.

IDL conducts theory based and applied research into design, and 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, digital technologies, 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.

We work 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


The uVITAL Project



IDL in the University and beyond



Members, Associate Members and Visiting Research Fellows



Outputs and publications from IDL


Projects and Impacts

Ongoing and previous projects in the IDL research centre


Research degree opportunities

IDL fosters a supportive and inclusive research environment for university staff, students and stakeholders.

Research students

Read about the research undertaken by our PhD and Master's by Research students


Read about the events held by the Innovative Design Lab


Contact us for further information on activities at the Innovative Design Lab