The department's research is directed towards Aalto University's key research areas: Human-centered living environments, Materials and sustainable use of natural resources and ICT and digitalisation. Research is organised around four groups:
- Geoinformatics (ICT and digitalisation)
- Real Estate Economics (Human-centered living environments)
- Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering (Human-centered living environments)
- Water and Environmental Engineering (Materials and sustainable use of natural resources)
In addition, the department hosts the Institute of Measuring and Modelling for the Built Environment and the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research.