Our Department is dedicated to cultivating present and future researchers in the areas of design, media, new media, conservation, sustainability, social context and other related fields. In keeping with our belief in combining academic research with practical application, the Department has established several facilities to encourage research both by students and faculty. We hope that these facilities will attract individuals and groups that can assist in funding the cutting edge projects of our students and faculty members.
Click here to read about research publications of faculty from the Interior Design Department.
Architectural Preservation Research Center
At the architectural preservation research center, researchers and students explore the variety of meanings that are preserved in historic buildings; as well as the contribution of design, history and materials as a creative process for managing change. Around these guidelines, the center offers an excellent introduction into the history, theory and practice of preservation, including an exploration of conservation techniques. Israel is a particular area of interest, as it served as an experimental field for modernist architecture and thus provides many interesting case studies for preservation that attract large-scale attention from such international organizations as UNESCO.
Design Media Laboratory
At our design media laboratory, passion, vision and innovation become a reality. The laboratory provides researchers from various departments at the College of Management - Academic Studies (COMAS) with an interdisciplinary environment in order to think, explore and learn about design. At the laboratory, research groups made up of architects, designers, computer scientists, engineers, marketing specialists and social scientists work together, exploring the impact of emerging technologies on everyday life.
At present, the laboratory is taking its first steps by identifying innovative research originating from the synergy between faculty, students and alumni. The intention is to create a framework, “Partner and Prosper”, in which alumni will partner with faculty members to develop marketable solutions to various contemporary issues such as:
- Refreshing and energizing the urban public space.
- Fighting pollution in small urban spaces (bus stations, green spaces, etc.).
- Behavioral patterns in retail spaces.
- Design technologies to empower the disabled.
- Housing technology and production.
- Temporary housing solutions for refugees.
The Dora Gad Archive
The Department of Interior Design has received as a gift the comprehensive design archives of pioneering Israeli designer and architect, Dora Gad. The Department is responsible for maintaining, cataloging, digitalizing and curating the material, which serves as a major basis for research into Israeli design history.