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Center for Design Research

The Center for Design Research (CDR) conducts advanced research that emphasizes the cross-disciplinary use of design as a problem solving tool.

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Led by CDR director and professor of design Gregory Thomas, students enrolled in the CDR's classes have the opportunity to work on industry-sponsored projects. This creative process emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing KU students, faculty, and industry professionals from diverse disciplines to create imaginative yet practical solutions to complex problems. These may be "blue sky" applications, to validate a corporation's internal direction or new developments that may help position that company for the future.

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Gregory Thomas

Professor of Design

Director, Center for Design Research


Center for Design Research
2544 Westbrooke Cir
Lawrence , Kansas 66049