EDRA47Raleigh - Innovation :: Shifting Ground

There is a transition underway in the design industries, boosted by economic forces, emerging societal challenges, and advances in design research. Whether unsettling or affirming, this shift is changing the tectonics of design research, design delivery, and education in ways that can quickly make current and commonplace approaches outdated. What are examples of these shifts? Read full theme description here


See the Online Program

For EDRA47, EDRA offered an interactive web app providing the full EDRA47Raleigh program information in a quick and intuitive manner. Find the EDRA Online Program hereThe Online Program is also mobile friendly, so you can access it from any device!

Also see the following files:

Program Book
Proceedings Book (log-in to access full PDF)
Plenary and Keynote descriptions
Mobile Session descriptions


EDRA47 Photo Gallery

EDRA asked its student volunteers to capture all 4 days of EDRA47 in photos. See the full photo gallery here.

The 2016 Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) closed on Saturday, May 21 by recognizing outstanding achievement and honoring long-time and distinguished service to the organization.
Best Student Paper 
1st  Place: Stephen Mainzer, Pennsylvania State University
Paper: Towards a Transdisciplinary Action Research Design Studio: Adapting a Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Education Structure
2nd Place: Marwa Abdelmonem, Texas Tech University
Paper: Connectedness-to-Home Reduces Depression in Long-Term Facilities: A Theoretical Shift
Best Student Display Poster
Yi Zheng, University of Manitoba
Evoking Other Gardens – Three Islands in Winnipeg
Meg Foster, University of Manitoba
Gitigan Mekanyzn
Best Paper
Liz Teston, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Paper: Place and Space: Repositioning Collectivity and Interiority
Student Research Grant 2015
Molly Ranahan, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access , Department of Urban and Regional Planning , University at Buffalo
Proposal: Environmental factors that influence long-term care services and community support of LGBT seniors
Michael Brill Grant Award
Nastaran Tabyanian, Pennsylvania State University
Project: Developing an Online Platform for Participatory Resilient Urban Landscape Design
Read more.
Career Award
Dr. Lynn Paxson
Professor of Architecture, Iowa State University College of Design
Read more about Dr. Paxson and the Career Award. See the award presentation
Service Award
Dr. Cherif Amor
Chair, Department of Interior Design, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
Read more about Dr. Amor and the Service Award. See the award presentation.