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Wednesday, November 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
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ST. PAUL MINN. (NOVEMBER 7, 2017) – Applications for the Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) program, sponsored by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) will be accepted starting Dec. 1. CORE is a professional certification that recognizes and celebrates exceptional, rigorous, and impactful practice-based environmental design research studies. This year marks the third of three pilot years for the program.

Applications will be accepted until midnight CT on Jan. 15, 2018. Results notifications will be sent to applicants by mid-March 2018, and the CORE certified studies and panel of reviewers will be publicly announced in mid-April 2018. The CORE recognition ceremony will take place at EDRA49 in Oklahoma City, June 6-9, 2018.

Applications to CORE undergo a rigorous, double-blind review by an interdisciplinary panel of experts. Evaluations are based on two main dimensions: (1) Research Rigor—the use of recognized scientific approaches (research design, tools, and data collection) and techniques to produce valid results (data analysis and interpretation of findings); and (2) Research Value—the study’s actual (or potential future) impact on the design industry and project stakeholders.

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 design research in practice;
  • Provides a compass to guide designers, researchers, organizations, and manufacturers in their design research and evidence-based design efforts; and
  • Builds on EDRA’s tradition of inquiry, reflection, collaboration, and commitment to innovation.

Past applicants have offered praise for the program:

“Sterling research is one of the pillars of our design approach… so gaining validation by EDRA seemed a natural step. [CORE] is super valuable for us because it allows us to highlight our study in terms of environmental design.” —2017 CORE Applicant
“[CORE] is a thorough program with a sophisticated evaluation process that helps call attention to valuable research that wouldn’t otherwise receive this level of professional scrutiny.” —2017 CORE Applicant

For more information on the CORE program and how to apply, please visit the EDRA website at


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