Progressive research activities, assess entail factors in future societies, are strongly dependent on the creativity and innovation. This paper considers the built environment as one of the influential aspect in creativity and innovation and seeks its appropriate features. Among various choices, we adopt academic research centers of architecture and urban design for the sake of this study. At first, we identify four effective spatial characteristics, including privacy, beauty, spatial diversity, and proximity. Then, we conduct the analysis based on the survey method and, ultimately, we propose some design patterns in order to enhance the researchers’ creativity and innovation.