Through our dedicated research and innovation arm, we fuse leading-edge ideas and technologies across our practice.

XL Lab

XL Lab is our firmwide platform for research and innovation, providing insights into far-reaching topics like the role of design in climate adaptation and mitigation, the future of mid-sized American cities, and the reuse and adaptation of large-scale infrastructure reuse projects for ports, rivers, and transportation systems.

Patrick T. Curran Fellowship

Our annual Patrick T. Curran Fellowship provides up-and-coming SWA leaders the opportunity to pursue and publish independent research into topics of pressing cultural and professional significance, including climate change and artificial intelligence.