When KDV architects became more and more involved in the restoration of heritage buildings in Suriname, the firm realized that restoration should always be accompanied by technical and historical documentation. Therefore, the firm set up small research department dedicated to the above (only 2 staff : Philip Dikland and Rasijem Karijosemito).

But the research surpassed its initial setup, and has turned into an effort to document all heritage in Suriname. There are 2 main research activities: Field research on buildings and plantations