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2018 CORE Recipients
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2018 EDRA CORE Recipients Announced

Sparking innovation and promoting best practice in environmental design

2018 EDRA CORE Profiles

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) for 2018. CORE recognizes rigorous, valuable, and impactful practice-based research that sparks innovation and promotes best practice in environmental design.

The credibility of academic research is typically judged on the basis of well-established protocols and peer-review processes – but what constitutes research quality in the context of the practice of environmental design? 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 developed CORE to serve as a measuring stick 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 following practice-based design research projects met the CORE criteria and were selected for recognition, based on the review of a cross-disciplinary panel of reviewers consisting of academic researchers, practice-based researchers, designers, and industry thought leaders. The CORE recipients will be recognized during EDRA49, June 6-9, 2018, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Download the 2018 EDRA CORE Recipient Project Profiles to read more about each study.

Beyond POE: Leveraging Knowledge across Firms in Sutter Health’s Facility Evaluation Program

HDR, Sutter Health, HGA Architects & Engineers
Study Team – Renae Rich, MS; Shahrokh Sayadi, MS; Terri Zborowsky, PhD; Jill Bergman, AIA ACHA; and Jeri Brittin, PhD
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New Evidence Informs Future Living-Learning Residence Hall Design

Study Team – Sharmin Kader, Nadia Zhiri, Kara Grant, Chareny Rydl, Kyle McCracken, and Carol Binzer
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Behavior Change through Design: The Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation (VCBR)

Study Team – Susan Puumala, PhD; Renae Rich, MS; Jason Beshore, CDT Assoc. AIA; Anita Schlank, PhD ABPP; and Jeri Brittin, PhD
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Mixed-use Learning Zones for Millennials: A Typology for Bridging Learning from the Academe to the Profession - Merit Status

University of Florida Department of Interior Design, Engage Design Lab, College of Design, Construction and Planning; The Agency, University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications; University of Florida, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Design, Construction and Planning; BEEMAPS
Study Team – Sheila J. Bosch, Jason Meneely, Margaret Portillo, Candy Carmel-Gilfilen, Nam-Kyu Park, Maria Sanchez, Elizabeth Calienes, Robert Norberg, Abhinav Alakshendra, Jesse Anderson, Brandon Barnett, and Jessica VanderBiezen
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Architecture of Social Learning and Knowing: Using Social Learning and Knowing Perspectives and Design Thinking to Frame and Create Change in a Workplace Redesign Project

HGA Architects & Engineers, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, School of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Study Team – Amin Mojtahedi, PhD; So-Yeon Yoon, PhD; Brian Schermer, PhD; and Paula Verboomen
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Evaluating the Impact of the First, Filipino Design-Build University Program

University of Arizona College of Architecture Planning and Landscape; US Department of State J. William Fulbright Teaching and Research Grant; Philippine-American Educational Foundation; University of San Carlos Cebu College of Environmental Science; Foundation University College of Arts and Science; Foundation University College of Arts and Science Department of Architecture and Fine Arts; Estudio Damgo Design-Build
Study Team – Anna Koosmann; Geraldine Quinones; Maria Chona Futalan, PhD; and Kriss Michael Tubog, MPA
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Centers for Healthy Living: Providing Whole-Person Wellness to Seniors

Perkins Eastman
Study Team – Emily Chmielewski, EDAC, and Claire Dickey, AIA LEED AP BD+C
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CORE Chairperson: Emily Chmielewski EDAC, Senior Design Researcher and Senior Associate, Perkins Eastman


Thank you to the 2018 EDRA CORE panel of reviewers:

Deni Ruggeri, PhD
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, NMBU Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Fiona de Vos, PhD
Owner, Studio dVO

Meredith Banasiak, EDAC
Design Researcher, Boulder Associates Architects

Michelle Ossmann, PhD MSN
Director of Healthcare Environments, Steelcase Health

Nick Watkins, PhD
Manager of Performance Analytics, Gensler

Sally Augustin, PhD
Principal, Design With Science

Sheila F. Cahnman FAIA FACHA LEED AP
President, JumpGarden Consulting LLC

Suzanne Velez
Lead, Design Research & Strategy, Foundation Medicine


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