At the center of their applied research tasks is the systematic analysis of elements that constitute space – such as spatial structure, temperature, acoustics, light, material, color and furnishings – with the goal of generating comfort and identity for the users.
The FG IA deals with the following research questions of overriding importance:
How must spaces be designed and configured so that they can facilitate new lifestyles and working models as well as conform to changing user requirements?
How can we ensure that users have an influence and different occupancy options in light of growing technologization and digitization?
How can we facilitate users’ space identity, privacy, productivity and well-being?
The FG IA carries out interdisciplinary work with internal and external specialists from the specialist areas of architecture, engineering, design, sociology, psychology and healthcare. It fosters a harmonious relationship with users and business partners and is actively involved in the following fields of research in interior architecture, to name just a few:
Office and working environments
The FG IA carries out research into the ways in which working spaces have to be designed to ensure high levels of productivity and develops future-oriented solutions. It also keeps up-to-date with the latest trends in the field of knowledge work, such as digitization and increased flexibility, as well as with the working methods and styles used by employees.
Hospitals and healthcare
In collaboration with healthcare institutions, the FG IA carries out research on the interior spaces in clinics and hospitals that help patients to recover and provide staff and visitors with a pleasant (working) environment. During this research, they pursue a systematic and participative approach with each of the relevant stakeholders.
Housing and demographics
The FG IA carries out research in the area of Housing in light of demographic, social and technical changes. This research relates to a wide range of household structures and living arrangements, and is looking to answer the question of how to design homes to meet the future needs of their inhabitants.
As the only research group in Switzerland focused on interior architecture, FG IA’s work makes an important contribution to the discourse on interior architecture topics among experts.
Offering / Services
Studies and research projects on topics related to interior architecture
Development of products and methods for planning and realization in the field of interior architecture