Click on the box above to see a video about the CDR’s research for Sphero. 

Click here for a feature on the CDR made by TimeWarner. 

New colleagues at the CDR

CDR Welcomes new colleagues Associate Professors of Architecture Joe Colistra and Paola Sanguinetti.  

The Center for Design Research
The Center for Design Research conducts advanced research that emphasizes the cross-disciplinary use of design as a problem solving tool. It is housed at the CDR complex which is located on KU’s west campus, and operates under the auspices of the School of Architecture, Design & Planning.

Led by director Professor Gregory Thomas, students enrolled in classes at the CDR have the opportunity to conceptualize and develop new consumer products and services using cutting-edge smart technologies in many subject areas. The majority of the projects done at the CDR are the result of partnerships with some of the world’s leading companies. Below are some examples of recent projects done with industry sponsors at the CDR.

Industrial Design Student Alexander Guinn wins the Ford Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship 
Ford Motor Co.has awarded the Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship to Industrial Design student Alexander Guinn. He will receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. To be eligible, applicants must be a current sophomore or junior, specializing in automotive engineering or industrial design, and have a 3.5 GPA. Read more about Alexander Guinn in this article.

Recent projects
Creating new products for Sphero
Designing for Diabetes Bayer Healthcare
Discovering Markets for Sprint Velocity

In top 5 programs nationwide for its emphasis on construction materials and methods —DesignIntelligence magazine
Studio 804 students design and construct a technically sophisticated, sustainable building each year
Four buildings designed and constructed by Studio 804 architecture students have achieved Platinum LEED ratings
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
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