The Design Research program creates an arena for advanced students to explore and enhance their skills in design research areas such as Technology, Environmental Design, and Health, and Community-Based Design, a component of the latter. Driven by the interdisciplinary nature of design, the program addresses the future in response to the emerging and complex designed environment. Designers operate in a world of increasing intricacy; this degree gives candidates a greater depth of knowledge and experience in topics relevant to present and future challenges in design. The program focuses on providing a forum for students to pursue paths of inquiry and investigation within design, technology, environmental design, and health. This flexible program operates with a core curriculum that is built on, and augmented by, a customized set of electives, and the second year thesis sequence.