"This paper addresses the issue of linking the often under utilized and dis-connected activities of applied research, faciltiy programming, and design.The need for a methodical yet engaging process linking these elements of thearchitectural process is critical both to design practice as well as teaching.The linkage of research-based programming and design is a topic of continu-ing experimentation and development in our teaching and pratice. Manyschools offer courses in methods and practice of applied research, but onlyfew systematically integrate research-based information with design. Thispaper desciribes our approach and the lessons of a recent case study con-ducted in an integrative facility design studio.Approach and Method:The main premise is that better architectural solutions are generated by In-formed designers who pursue pre-design identification of the major issuesto be resolved and the appropriate design principles to solve these issues.The goal was to conduct an integrative experience which links the analysis ofinformation, its translation into a research-based program, and its ap-plication into an accountable architectural solution.The context for our case study was the design of a 250-person law office in adowntown Chicago high rise building. The pre-design preparations includedreview of the literature, site visits and client interviews, analysis of pub-lished case studies and discussinos with experts on relevant topics. Theanalysis and syntesis of the information ond its first link to programmingwas formalized through several devices:An annotated bibliography and acase studies report were compiled. These documents provided not only de-scriptive information, but also required a systematic, critical analysis, clear identification of key issues, and an initial attempt at approaches fordesign. This analysis led to the formation of a set of key design principles(Exhibit A), which provided the needed link between programming and de-sign. For example, "Group Integration", addresses the issue of spatial rela-tionships between various workers, answered by the design concept of"Small Neighborhoods." These principles identified the issues , the qualitiesand characteristics of potential solutions, and the possible approaches to de-sign.Architectural solutions (Exhibit B) illustrate the main points of our integ-rative process: more responsive architectural applications can be facilitatedby the design principles and concepts, which in return are rooted in a betterunderstanding of the complex needs and issues of the facility."