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The Innovation in Applied Design Lab (IAD Lab) is a collaborative cross-disciplinary research Laboratory located in the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design at the University of Sydney. The IAD Lab’s strategic focus on “applied design”, is broadly conceived to include a wide range of R&D projects and problems spanning a range of scales and disciplines involved in the design, study and construction of the built environment.

The IAD Lab operates out of the architecture discipline, but is founded on the belief that only deep collaboration between the entire spectrum of built environment disciplines and their engagement with wider fields of knowledge will lead to high quality and meaningful research that is equal to the complex problems of our time. Here, the IAD Lab provides a hub for researchers within the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design, and creates opportunities for its Industry Partners to build R&D capacity.

"Applied Design" signifies an interest in industry engagement and “live” research problems, as opposed to “pure” driven predominantly along experimental or theoretical lines. Proposed fields of research include: industry-based design problems in housing, health and education; materials and systems research; urban design and infrastructure; design-build projects; industrialised building and fabrication technologies.
Current and prospective list of projects in the Lab.

1. Capsys: Capsys Factory, Brooklyn Navy Yards. Courtesy of Robby Kullman.
2. Explo Axo: Exploded Diagram of Happy Haus DHAN Series, by Martin Bignell and Jonathan Nelson.