IntroductionThe world is impacted by the use of color in our home, work, and play environments. Decisions are made daily about the selection of colors by many disciplines involved in people-environment studies, such as scientists and professional practitioners: interior designers, architects, artists, educators, and psychologists. A web survey about color research issues sent to International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS) members is a work in progress. The data analysis includes the evaluation and implementation of relevant color research issues for IAPS members. What information and research is available to professionals that make color decisions? A review of the literature reveals that the research about color relates to anecdotal information, color trends and forecasting, and color studies that may or may not be based on scientific research. “Color can play a role in healing…most of the research data on color is out-of-date” (Marberry 1995). Documentation about color research needs was established in 1983 with Illumination Roundtable III. Professionals from a variety of disciplines met to identify user needs during the decade and establish a basic and applied research agenda for lighting. The agenda set research goals for subsequent decades and included several color and light issues (EPRI 1984). In a survey of participants at the Seventh AIC (The Association Internationale de la Couleur, International Colour Association) Congress, in Budapest, Hungary the respondents stated that the existing color research was not applicable (30.6%), not appropriate (16.7%), and not available (13.9%) (Burton 1993). The need for future international color research was established by interdisciplinary professionals. Objectives and MethodologyA variety of methodologies to document international color research needs were considered. After a thorough investigation of these methods, the most practical and appropriate choice for data collection was an international web survey. The advantages of a web-based survey outweigh the disadvantages. A ‘Blue Ribbon Panel’ of selected professionals involved with color contributed to the refinement of the survey instrument. Objectives of the survey document data related to how professionals use color, the time involved making color decisions, where they obtain color information/research, problems and strengths of the information/research, areas of color that need research, and possible funding sources for future research. The members of IAPS are the population to be surveyed.Selected Areas for Color ResearchFinding a cohesive way to survey the broad range of issues related to color research presents a challenge. In an overview of how these areas could be categorized, one source provided the solution. The source is from Professor Antal Nemcsics, President of the Hungarian National Colour Committee for AIC’s COLOUR 93 mailer/circular and stated six (6) topic areas. The AIC is the international color organization comprised of national color bodies with the objectives of: encouraging all aspects of color research, disseminating knowledge, promoting its application to solutions of problems in the field of science, art, design and industry on an international basis. After consulting with a ‘Blue Ribbon’ panel, changes and reordering of the areas were made with subsequent refinement. The final areas of color research that the web survey covers are grouped into six (6) categories. Survey participants prioritize their needs for research ranking high priority to low priority in the following areas: 1) human factors, 2) application, 3) communication, 4) education, 5) color perception, and 6) color measurement. ConclusionThe built environment involves many decisions about the use of color. In Color Consulting: A Survey of International Color Design, Linton states that within the setting of rapidly expanding communication and planning technologies in design and art, the twenty-first century holds a growing promise for great diversity of interdisciplinary involvement among many fields of color experience. The documentation of the international color research web survey is in progress and provides valuable information about color decisions and establishes future interdisciplinary research needs. The results document the similarities and differences between the professions, facilitate communication about the relationships between people and their physical environments, and stimulate future research and innovation for meeting users’ needs.