Design Research Thrusts define the areas of design research that are critically important to advance design science and ultimately affect design practice. The full-value chain of design, from identification of an opportunity through implementation and sustainable operation, define innumerable possibilities and thrusts that could be pursued. In order to scope the primary efforts of the IDC within our resources and skillsets, we are currently pursing six Design Research Thrusts:

These Design Research Thrusts are defined and continually evolved through the DRT co-Leads at SUTD and MIT and the community of IDC researchers through regular meetings and the annual Design Summit.