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The Committee for Research and Innovation Design is a forum to share knowledge related to the design, operation and use of science, research and innovation buildings and facilities. 

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Committee Chairs
Luke Voiland AIA /
Hilary Barlow AIA /
The Committee for Research and Innovation Design is part of the Design Commission.

Upcoming Events

March 20, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


8:00 – 8:30         Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 – 9:00         Session 1: Shared Slide Presentation –Trends and Best Practices in Lab Design         
9:15 – 10:45       Session 2: Engineering Trends and Best Practices in Building Systems Design
11:00 – 12:30     Session 3: Boston as an Innovation and Research Ecosystem
12:30 - 1:00        Tour: Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)  

Session 1: Shared Slide Presentation: Trends and Best Practices in Lab Design
All are invited to contribute 3 to 5 slides to present in 3 to 5 minutes showcasing a compelling trend or best practice in lab design. It can be thematic or case-study based. If you would like to share some slides, please forward to Debi McDonald at by Monday 3/19 at noon.

Session 2: Engineering Trends and Best Practices in Lab Design
Lab design is a complex undertaking requiring a close collaboration between the owner, researchers, architect, engineers, other consultants and the builder. Engineering is a key aspect to the successful design of any lab space. Engineers from Arup, BR+A, Buro Happold and Vanderweil will present emerging trends and best practices in building systems design for research facilities.

Session 3: Boston as an Innovation and Research Ecosystem
Since the Boston area has been recognized as a hub for innovation nationally, the community of researchers, entrepreneurs, institutions and developers collectively understand what it takes to create an ecosystem that generates new knowledge and new ventures. This panel will provide a forum for the participants to share their experiences with projects that are part of the research and innovation ecosystem. The panel will include Mark Chaffee from Biogen, Rebecca Herbst, Research and Advisory Services JLL, and Maureen Hickey, Northeastern University.

Tour of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) following the Presentations

For those who qualify, 3 LU/HSWs are available.

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Past Events

February 5, 2018 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2018 Kickoff! Please join us on February 5th as Lloyd Fisk of Research Facilities Design, one of the preeminent lab planners in the country,...
October 24, 2017 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

New Models of Research - An example from MIT's Media Lab

System Simulation Tools to Explore Meaningful Relationships Between Society and Technology
Ira Winder builds models of sociotechnical systems and deploys them as interactive intervention simulations for learning and decision making. Users engage with an otherwise complex system by moving pieces that represent a simulation's key components. Actions are processed in real-time to give users immediate computational feedback. Demonstrative case studies leverage the Tactile Matrix, a tool for informal collaborative computation.

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July 25, 2017 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

​A Look Back at Payette's Academic Research Practice

Please join the Committee for Research and Innovation Design as Jim Collins FAIA presents the history of Payette's academic research practice from the last 30 years highlighting key projects. He will discuss some of the seminal changes in the design of research spaces over the years and, after the presentation, join the discussion of where research space may be headed in the future.

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June 20, 2017 | 4:30 PM - 6:45 PM

How Sharing Space and Resources Catalyzes Biotech Ventures

Please join the inaugural meeting for the Committee for Research and Innovation Design, co-chaired by Luke Voiland AIA, Principal with Shepley Bulfinch and Lynn Petermann AIA, Associate with Payette. Hosted by LabCentral, Maggie O’Toole, Vice President of Operations, will lead a presentation titled, “How sharing space and resources catalyzes biotech ventures” followed by a tour of the research space. 

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