Darla Lindberg’s research is on design architecture and system science to explore complexity (indeterminate and non-reductive) and systems theory influences on the built, behavioral, cultural, political, and environmental factors impacting health and society around the globe. Three main areas include: architecture and building physics to identify variables that affect systems behavior; characterizing emergent systems to identify forces and factors that increase resiliency of any unique corpus as an ecosystem; and applying game theoretic human behavior to the critique and design of creative architectures and tenets for collective society especially appropriate for resilient community, settlement, and urban design.
Much of Lindberg's research involves collaborations with expertise from biology, nutrition, epidemiology, engineering, computer science, mathematics, sustainability, and global health. She was a co-founder of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and has received significant funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health/Fogarty International Center to explore policy issues against pressures of mobility, change, and flux in the environment. She has also developed a popular graduate seminar exploring game theoretic principles in institutional, environmental, and socio/economic/behavioral design.
Lindberg was named the Stuckeman Chair of Design Innovation in 2013.