2015 EDRA Core
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Nine design research projects were recognized during 2015 CORE. The projects represented practice-based design research from a variety of environmental design sectors including workplace, education, and healthcare, among others. The CORE designation was reached following an unprecedented and rigorous review process involving a cross-disciplinary jury of academic researchers, practice-based researchers, designers, and design stakeholders.

During the EDRA47, the 2015 CORE recipients were recognized during the Welcome Session on Wednesday, May 18. Congratulations to the 2015 EDRA CORE Recipients!

If you have completed a significant practice-based research project in the last five years and share our commitment to advancing design research, you can make a contribution by applying for a CORE certificate and showing how your design research effort is making a real impact on design.

The submission process for 2016 CORE recognition opens in September 2016. This year we will be requesting a nominal fee with each submission which will ensure that EDRA Headquarters has all resources necessary to shepherd a stellar review process with the jury of volunteers

The credibility of academic research is judged on the basis of well-established protocols and peer-review processes – but what constitutes research quality in the context of environmental design practice? 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 is developing the Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) to serve as a measuring stick of sorts 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.

The Certificate of Research Excellence will be awarded to research projects that meet the CORE criteria, based on the review of a cross-disciplinary team of academic researchers, practice-based researchers, designers, and industry thought leaders.


Evaluating Quality

The EDRA CORE program will utilize existing methodologies to create evaluative criteria for research focused on the making of place and how design impacts physical, socio-economic, and/or organizational environments. Projects will be awarded the Certificate based on their alignment with CORE criteria. The CORE framework will continue to evolve over the next three years based on applications received, and feedback from members of the application review committee. Click here to learn more about our evaluation framework.

Application Process

Organizations/firms or individuals wishing to submit their project to be evaluated can do so by completing and submitting the application form found here. Applications will be accepted between October 1-November 15, 2014 by emailing the completed application form to headquarters@edra.org.

Application Review Committee

If you are interested in serving as a member of the application review committee during the pilot phase, please email headquarters@edra.org with your interest and CV.

Collaborating Partners

EDRA sincerely appreciates the generous support provided by our volunteers and partners to help develop and launch this initiative. Click here to learn about ways you and/or your organization can support this program.


EDRA CORE Program Development Committee

  • Sally Augustin, Ph.D.; Principal, Design With Science and Editor, Research Design Connections
  • Maude Baggetto, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Margaret Calkins, Ph.D., CAPS, EDAC, IDEAS Institute
  • Emily Chmielewski, EDAC, Perkins Eastman
  • Isilay Civan, BArch, MSc, PhD2, LEED® AP O+M, HOK
  • Jay Farbstein, Ph.D., Jay Farbstein & Associates
  • Alice M. Gittler, EDAC, LEED Green Associate
  • Whitney Austin Gray, Ph.D., LEED AP, Cannon Design
  • Amy Keller Frye, EDAC, AB Design Research LLC
  • D. Michael Murtha, Ph.D. 
  • Upali Nanda, Ph.D., Associate AIA, EDAC, HKS
  • Debajyoti Pati, Ph.D., FIIA, LEED AP, Texas Tech University
  • Melissa Piatkowski, EDAC, Davis Partnership Architects
  • Erin Peavey, AIA, LEED®AP+BD+C, EDAC, HOK
  • Zhe Wang, Ph.D., RA, LEED AP, International Green and Henan University
  • Nicholas Watkins, Ph.D., BBH Design
  • Richard Wener, Ph.D., Polytechnic University

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