The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) clarifies that EDRA Certificate of Research Excellence (EDRA CORE) is a merit-based certification, as the program name indicates. Our prior communications referred to this as an awards process/resulting in an award.
CORE recognizes rigorous, valuable, and impactful practice-based research to spark innovation and promote best practice in environmental design. The credibility of academic research is typically judged on the basis of well-established protocols and peer-review processes - but what constitutes research quality in the context of the practice of environmental design? The tools used to assess academic research do not easily translate to practice-based research, a challenge for researchers and practitioners alike. In response, EDRA developed CORE to serve as a measuring stick to assess the value of research that goes beyond rigor alone.
EDRA CORE's unique evaluation framework identifies practice-based environmental design research that is not only rigorous, but also offers measurable value, meets industry challenges, and advances design thinking; recognizes the importance of research in practice; provides a compass to guide designers, researchers, organizations, and manufacturers; and builds on EDRA's tradition of inquiry, reflection, and collaboration and its commitment to innovation.
After a juried and appeals process, we are pleased to announce the final recipients of the 2015 Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) program. The following research projects met the CORE criteria, based on the review of a cross-disciplinary jury of academic researchers, practice-based researchers, designers, and industry thought leaders.
In addition, a special CORE Award of Merit will be presented to:
Effects of Simulated Nature View on Cognitive and Psycho-physiological Responses of Correctional Officers in a Jail Intake Area submitted by HDR Inc., Phoenix, Arizona; Melissa Farling, Jay Farbstein, Richard Wener, Julian Thayer