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2020 CORE Recipients

2020 EDRA CORE - Certificate of Research Excellence 

"Sparking innovation and promoting best practice in environmental design."

 

 

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) for 2020. 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.

 

2020 EDRA CORE Recipients

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 have been recognized during EDRA51, April 4-7, 2020.

 



MERIT CERTIFICATION
Resilience through Regeneration: The Economics of Repurposing Vacant Land with Green Infrastructure

Texas A&M University, University of Delaware, Charity Productions
Study Team: Galen Newman, Rui Zhu, Dingding Ren, Dongying Li, Jennifer Horney, Katie Kirsch, Garett Sansom, Charles X White

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MERIT CERTIFICATION
Integrating a Resilience Scorecard and Landscape Performance into a Geodesign Process

Texas A&M University, University of Delaware
Study Team: Galen Newman, Zixu Qiao, Matthew Malecha, Siyu Yu, Susan Puumala, Jennifer Horney, Jaekyung Lee, Youjung Kim, RyunJung Lee, Phil Berke

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MERIT CERTIFICATION
Learning from the Past: Two Infusion Centers Inform a New Design

HGA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Study Team: Kara Freihoefer, Nancy Doyle, Mahshid Jalalianhosseini, Amanda Simpson, Lou Ann Bunker-Hellmich

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CERTIFICATION
Developing a Social Media Data Based Post-Occupancy Evaluation Method: New Understandings of Social and Physiological Attributes of Designed Waterscapes

Oklahoma State University, North Dakota State University, Shaoxing University
Study Team: Bo Zhang, Yang Song, Yiwen Zheng

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CERTIFICATION
Evaluation of Ambulatory Clinic Designs: Core Modules with Shared Vs. Patient-Only Corridors

HDR Inc.
Study Team: Jeri Brittin, Mike Doiel, Peter Messina

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CERTIFICATION
Supporting Staff and Student Outcomes through Design of a School for Special Needs Students: Spero Academy

HDR, Spero Academy
Study Team: Jeri Brittin, Francesqca Jimenez, Brian Giebink, Curtis (Chipp) Windham

Final report not provided by the study team

  



2020 EDRA CORE reviewers

  • BRIAN K SCHERMER, PhD, AIA
    Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Principal, Workshop Architects

  • DIANA NICHOLAS, NCIDQ, AIA, LEED GA
    Assistant Professor and Director MS Design Research, Drexel University

  • EMILY CHMIELEWSKI, EDAC
    Senior Design Researcher, Perkins Eastman

  • FIONA DE VOS, PhD
    Founder and Owner, Studio dVO

  • GIYOUNG PARK, PhD, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
    Senior Design Researcher, Sam’s Club Technology

  • GOWRI BETRABET GULWADI, PhD, LEED AP
    Professor, Interior Design, University of Northern Iowa

  • HAROON SATTAR, NCIDQ, LEED AP
    Associate Professor University of Central Missouri

  • KIMARI PHILLIPS, MA, EDAC
    Senior Research Analyst, LPA, Inc.

  • NAM-KYU PARK
    Associate Professor, University of Florida

  • RENAE RICH 
    Research Analyst, HDR

  • SHARMIN KADER, PhD
    Design Research Associate MTS

  • SHEILA F. CAHNMAN, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP
    President, JumpGarden Consulting LLC

  • SHIREEN KANAKRI, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Ball State University

  • TERRI ZBOROWSKY, PhD
    Design Researcher, HGA Architects

  • ZHE WANG, PhD
    Henan University, Center for Senior Healthcare