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Georgia Tech College of Design

Formerly known as the College of Architecture




The Intersection of Design, Research, and Technology

The Georgia Tech College of Design’s research and design drive innovation in education and practical approaches to living. Our researchers combine design, research, and technology to also bring you innovative products.

We're focused on solving crucial problems in the built environment and improving human experiences among diverse populations.

Because we are a part of the Georgia Institute of Technology, technology is the foundation of our design and research. From regional growth and planning to wearable technology to evidence-based research and design to robotic musicians, we lead collaborative research by example at Georgia Tech and beyond.

Researchers, along with professors and students, are vital to the work that happens at Georgia Tech's College of Design. Our research is unique, and in many cases only happens here.

Nancey Green Leigh, associate dean for College of Design Research, welcomes you.

Our Centers and Labs

A robot shaves the face of a quadroplegic man. Research Centers and Labs

Our six research centers focus on a range of crucial issues, many of which impact our daily lives. Our topics include the development of cities and regions, the healthcare environment, helping those with physical limitations, and new ways to create music.

James Hallam from the Interactive Product Development Lab displays the haptic gloves he invented. School Labs

Our eight faculty-led labs tackle a diverse group of issues. We work on projects ranging from construction to manufacturing testing, from architectural visualization technologies to interactive product design, and from sustainability to climate change.

Our Research Topics


We make the world accessible for those with functional limitations through research and design. We offer our services and expertise to educational institutions, corporations, nonprofits, and governmental institutions to help provide equal access to education, work, recreation, and health for all individuals with disabilities.

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Music Technology

Our unique blend of music, emerging technologies, and research transform the ways in which people create and experience music. Our work ranges from the traditional (composition, performance, and education) to the technical (machine listening, digital signal processing, robotic musicianship, and interactive music manufacturing).

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Smart Cities

Cities are growing at a rapid pace, with half the world’s population living in them. Our research centers merge technology and data to help cities manage their systems and infrastructure. We create ways to help residents have a superior quality of life.

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Spatial Analysis

Designers and builders today rely on research more than ever. Using big data, simulation, and 3-D capabilities, industry professionals are able to design and build in a virtual world before starting construction. Among the benefits are improving collaboration, increasing quality, and decreasing chances for errors.

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Planning, policy, 3-D modeling, and integrating data are all necessary for quality growth – from within one building to an entire region of a country. Our researchers look at how to make the world better for current and future residents. Our approach emphasizes efficiency in use of resources, minimal creation of waste,and long-lasting development practices.

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