Design-based research

Our innovative projects include integrative infrastructure for sustainable cities, healthy neighbourhoods, high performance building envelopes, co-creation, green infrastructure, digital fabrication for the circular economy, outdoor playscapes in urban environments, affordable housing, walkable cities, and aging in place.

Yves Poitras exhibition 2019

Building Calgary together

We operate at the centre of interdisciplinary teams from across the University of Calgary in the City Building Design Lab (CBDLab). Located next door to City Hall, the CBDLab brings together graduate students, academics, building industry professionals, municipal policy makers, and the public to explore new directions in city-building. 

Senior architecture studio learns about bricklaying with local masons as part of a research project funded by the Alberta Masonry Council.

Senior architecture studio learns about bricklaying with local masons as part of a research project funded by the Alberta Masonry Council.

Face shield prototype laser cut with head rests, back

Face shield prototype laser cut with head rests, back

Grand challenges

Our research projects address three grand challenge themes: Designing Out Waste, Cities for All, and Metropolitan Growth and Change. The themes leverage our central location and unique collaboration of academia, industry, and policy makers. The themes delve into the potential of circular design to make the city more vibrant, reduce environmental footprint, and provide advanced skill-building opportunities for design, planning and engineering professionals. This focused research helps promote entrepreneurial job creation and economic diversification in Calgary’s building and construction industry.

Partner with us

Seeking to push the boundaries of city building design and want to start a research collaboration?