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EDRA CORE - Certificate of Research Excellence
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CORE Frequently Asked Questions

2020 Core Certification

The Certification process for the year 2020 has ended, and recipients were announced online during EDRA51Tempe on April 4-7 2020.


About CORE

The Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) is a professional certification that recognizes and celebrates exceptional, rigorous, and impactful practice-based environmental design research studies. CORE affords design research professionals in any industry sector the opportunity to be at the forefront of environmental design research, showcase the proficiency of their work, provide lasting value to clients, and advance the industry with rigorous and impactful design research.

CORE is committed to excellence and aims to challenge applicants—and the industry—to find inventive and interesting ways to conduct and apply research in practice. Whether by way of an innovative tool or methodology, new techniques for analysis or means of disseminating a study’s findings, CORE aspires for design researchers to push the boundaries of professional practice

Applications to CORE undergo a rigorous, double-blind review by an interdisciplinary panel of experts. Each application is scored on its own merit against the CORE evaluation criteria, which are based on two main dimensions: (1) Research Rigor—the use of recognized research approaches (research design, tools, and data collection) and techniques to produce valid results (data analysis and finding interpretation), and (2) Research Value—the study’s actual (or potential future) impact on the design industry and project stakeholders.

CORE Frequently Asked Questions

Certification requirements

To become CORE certified, the design research study must:

  • be applied to/based on a real-world design project(s) or ongoing design program/effort;

  • Consider the relationship between identified human and environmental variables;

  • Include an interdisciplinary team of designers and researchers;

  • be completed in full (data collection/analysis, findings, documentation, and dissemination within the last three years; and

  • show evidence Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval/exemption.

Key Dates for 2021 CORE applicants

 2021 CORE online application     portal opens
 Deadline to apply – 2021 CORE online
 application portal closes
 Results notifications sent to applicants
MARCH 2021
 2021 CORE certified studies and   panel of reviewers publicly announced
MAY 19-22, 2021 
 2021 CORE Recognition     Ceremony and presentation   opportunity


Past CORE Certification recipients

View 2020 CORE Recipients

View 2019 CORE Recipients

View 2018 CORE Recipients

View 2017 CORE Recipients

View 2016 CORE Recipients


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