Innovation starts with inquiry.
In our never-ending quest for knowledge, we push limits, take risks, investigate, and discover. We constantly ask ourselves, “What if?” “What’s next?” This makes our ideas clearer, our designs smarter, our teams happier, and our clients more satisfied.
We believe research holds the key to greater project performance. Our researchers and designers work in partnership from project start to completion. Together, they assess our clients’ goals and innovate ways to achieve them.
Our seven research labs are trusted sources of information for clients around the world. We’re developing new knowledge every day to stay smarter, nimbler, and more competitive.
We’ve always believed collaboration is the key to scientific advancement. Through our open-source, peer-reviewed journal and nonprofit AREA Research, we partner with colleagues in design and academia to discover and apply new knowledge across the design profession.
We regularly invest in state-of-the-art technology to support our research practice. Advanced digital tools help us better understand a project’s performance, raising the value of every design decision we make.
Our Innovation Incubator democratizes research and development. Anyone at our firm who wants to explore solutions to pressing design challenges can apply for a firm-funded research grant. It’s just another way we allow our creativity and curiosity to change the world. Learn more about our Innovation Incubator projects—and the people behind them.