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EDRA CORE - Certificate of Research Excellence
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EDRA CORE

CORE Frequently Asked Questions


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.


2020 Core Certification

The Certification process for the year 2020 has begun, and projects are now being reviewed by a panel of environmental design researcher and practitioners. Recipients will be announced at EDRA51 in Tempe, Arizona, April 4-7 2020.

View 2020 CORE program brochure


Key Dates for 2020 CORE applicants

September 10, 2019

2020 CORE online application portal opens

November 11, 2019
11:59 PM CST

Deadline to apply – 2020 CORE online application portal closes

February 2020

Results notifications sent to applicants

March 2020

2020 CORE certified studies and panel of Reviewers publicly announced

April 4-7, 2020 
EDRA51 Tempe

2020 CORE Recognition Ceremony and presentation opportunity


Past CORE Certification recipients

View 2019 CORE Recipients

View 2018 CORE Recipients

View 2017 CORE Recipients

View 2016 CORE Recipients

CONTACT US

Address: 2010 Pear St. #1060 Pinole, CA 94564-9998
Email: headquarters@edra.org
Phone: +1 (507) 339-4620

 

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