The National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB) has released the first draft of its proposed 2014 Conditions for Accreditation. These Conditions provide explicit criteria to which all accredited architecture programs must adhere. The 2009 Conditions and the 2014 draft Conditions can be viewed at http://www.naab.org/accreditation/.
Some of the proposed changes in the 2014 Conditions appear to exclude a key part of EDRA's core mission and values. The EDRA Board of Directors recognizes the significance in addressing specific omissions and changes from the 2009 Conditions, particularly those related to Environment - Behavior and research-informed design, and has drafted a response urging the NAAB to reconsider and re-include these necessary criteria. The EDRA Board response can be found on our website here: http://www.edra.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/EDRA_Board_Response_to_NAAB....
We encourage you to review these documents, and make the case for continued inclusion of criteria related to human behavior and social research by providing your individual comments to NAAB during this critical time. Comments are being accepted on the first draft until December 1, 2013. You can send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Rula Awwad-Rafferty; EDRA, IDEC, CELA
Chair, Environmental Design Research Association Board of Directors
Professor, College of Art & Architecture, University of Idaho email@example.com