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The Design Observatory (DO) is a research environment for studying engineering design activity by observing it, analyzing it and intervening into it. Engineering designers either individually or in teams can perform a variety of design activities like idea generation, prototyping, and design meetings in the DO. Through observation, videotape and analysis, the researchers discover patterns of behavior that are correlated to effective design performance. The DO environment is flexible enough to allow researchers to set up different design experiments quickly and easily. It also allows researchers to investigate various aspects of design behavior in a detailed manner. The end results of the research carried out in the DO are new metrics of effective design behaviors, new research methods, and new design behaviors or practices. The DO is located in the Center for Design Research.