Michael Brill Award

The goal of this grant program is to encourage innovative research projects that provide a bridge between the fields of communication and environmental design.


Named in honor of Michael Brill, architect and long-time EDRA member, for his leadership in work place environments and communication, this grant is funded by the Urban Communication Foundation and administered in conjunction with the Environmental Design Research Association. This grant supports new research or research in progress. The initial call for proposals is distributed at the annual EDRA conference.

Sponsored by the Urban Communication Foundation and the Environmental Design Research Association

Urban Communication Foundation


Amount of Award: $2,500 per grant


Eligible participants must be EDRA members to apply for and receive this grant. Each complete application should include: (a) a statement or research proposal in no more than two pages describing the nature and significance of the project in relatively non-technical terms, anticipated schedule (expected completion time); plans for dissemination of the project results, and a budget, (b) an appendix of up to two pages for bibliography, photos, figures, etc. may be included, and (c) a copy of the applicant’s current CV or resume.


2016 Timeline: Proposals for the 2016 award are due by Friday, February 26, 2016 and must be submitted to the EDRA Michael Brill Awards Committee at [email protected] with a subject line of “Michael Brill Award”. The award winner will be notified in April 2016. The recognition and grant will be awarded on Saturday, May 21, 2016 during the awards ceremony of EDRA47Raleigh. 


2015 Micheal Brill Award Winners

The 2015 Micheal Brill Award was given to Seunghae Lee and Paul Platosh of Oregon State University for their work titled Wayfinding and Augmented Reality