The EDRA Career Award is given in recognition of a career of sustained and significant contributions to environment design research, practice, or teaching.
Candidates in the area of design research shall have produced a body of work that provides significant insights into the relationship between environment and behavior.
Candidates in the area of practice shall have made significant and lasting contributions to the planning and design of the environment through the application of design research.
Candidates in the area of teaching shall have made positive, stimulating and nurturing influences upon students over an extended period of time and have inspired a generation of students who have contributed to environmental design research.
All nominees must be EDRA members in good standing*.
*Past recipients are not eligible to receive this award more than once. Current board members are not eligible for this award while in office; however, they may be nominated after three (3) years of leaving the board.
The materials should be submitted in one (1) PDF document and should not be more than 20 pages in length and 5 MB
in file size.
Nominations (by self or others) are invited to submit for this award. The nomination packet must include:
One page summary explaining the reasons for the nomination signed by three (3) EDRA members;
Resume summarizing the career and achievements of the candidate; and
Additional supporting materials illustrating the nominee’s contributions.
Separate from the nomination packet, we request the nominator(s) to include a publish-ready photo of the nominee and a short biography. These additional items should not exceed 5 MB in file size.
All nominations must be submitted via the online form.
Gary Gumpert has been an active member of EDRA for 28 years, and as he would say [he’s] “never been the same” since EDRA21 Champaign/Urbana, his first EDRA conference; and as EDRA attest, [it] has not been the same since he joined. Professor Gumpert made significant contributions to EDRA, to environmental design research, practice, advocacy and education that are resounding in spirit, focus, need, approach, and impact as he contributed to building EDRA’s reach and interdisciplinary ethos.
A vivacious and tireless champion of interdisciplinary connections and the integration of communication into design research and design itself, Gary Gumpert’s career in Communication has covered 60 years, transforming the landscape and being transformed by it. A deep interest in understanding the power of the medium, finding bridges between the production of communication and aesthetics of perspective, and translating power and structures into issues of environment and communication, Gary Gumpert breached silos and built connections across many divides and geographies. The major threads can be seen throughout his scholarly life: the nexus of communication, technology and social relationships, regulations, communication rights and, most significantly, the changing nature of community. His work over the past 35 years has been rooted in a deep concern with the transformation and the loss of physical social space – those sites where people interact.
As an educator, he has mentored at least three generations of scholars and diverse industry professionals who leave their marks on societies and professions. As an engaged advocate researcher, Professor Gumpert is a pioneer in establishing the methods and topics for interdisciplinary study bridging communication fields and those of environment behavior studies. He developed the Communicative Cities criteria as a method of evaluating cities. His communication matrix has been used to evaluate and plan communication policies in workplace environments. His media profile approach has been used to study ethnic neighborhoods.
Through his scholarship and activism Dr. Gumpert has been an extraordinary agent provocateur of and a tireless bridge builder between colleagues across his home discipline, scholars in allied fields, practitioners, civil society actors, and policymakers committed to investigating and solving urban communities’ problems. A founder of the Urban Communication Foundation for which he currently serves as President. He has been credited with pioneering the field of Urban Communication. Gary established the Communicative Cities Award Program, awards and grant in support of urban communication research including the UCF’s White Paper Program. Research is supported through the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, Association of Educators of Journalism and Media Communication, Eastern Communication Association and EDRA’s Michael Brill Award.
Gary Gumpert is engaged in the work of international scientific and professional organizations outside of Communication —including UN-Habitat, the Urban Affairs Association, and the International Association of People-Environment Studies. He founded the Communication and Technology and Place Network, IAPS (started 1994), the Communication Network, EDRA (started 1995), and have served as VP of International Institute of Communication, U.S. Chapter. Gary Gumpert is a determined advocate; his advocacy work include his participation in The Future of Places meetings to influence U.N.’s Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda. He has worked to develop the Communicative Cities Award. For 24 years he has worked with the Cypriot-American community advocating a just resolution to the Cyprus problem and explored the challenges of governing a divided city. As a researcher, he has written both for the general audience and in dozens of scholarly books and journals, including publication of 14 authored and edited books and over 150 articles/chapters , as well as publication of 3 editions of “Inter/Media: Interpersonal communication in a Media World”, which is considered seminal to the modern study of interpersonal communication. He is also a series editor, Urban Communication book series. Also, working with Marshall McLuhan, Gary, as a television producer, Gary produced “The Gutenberg Galaxy.”
Gary Gumpert’s unwavering dedication to the field of communication and its centrality in the environment behavior discourse and environmental design research and practice is well deserving of the highest recognition. For exemplary, sustained, and significant career and contributions to environmental design research, practice, mentoring, teaching, advocacy and leadership, Gary is recognized with the EDRA 2018 Career Award.
2018 Mark Francis
Mark Francis, FASLA, FCELA wins 2017 EDRA Career Award
In recognition of Professor Emeritus Mark Francis’s career of exemplary, sustained, and significant achievements and contributions to environmental design research, practice, mentoring, teaching, and leadership, epitomizing the edra vision, he is the recipient of the EDRA 2018 Career Award.
Mark O. Francis’s work is at the intersections of landscape architecture, environmental psychology, geography, art, and urban design; exploring design and meaning of built and natural places. His teaching, research, and practice have made exemplary contributions to the field of human-centered design in landscape architecture, and have direct, visible impact on our cities and communities. Through his lifetime dedication and engagement in researching environment and behavior relationships in natural and human habitats, concern for spatial democracy, discerning and creating meaning, applying EB knowledge to theory and design of urban and community landscapes and creation of supportive places; Professor Francis charted many paths in setting foundational standards of practice, enriching lives of communities, educating future generations and opening many doors for all to participate.
Preeminent contributor to the interface between research and public space design, Professor Emeritus and past Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Davis where he founded and directed the Center for Design Research. Trained in landscape architecture and urban design at Harvard, MIT and Berkeley, he is a founding partner of CoDesign/MIG, where he has designed projects in the United States and abroad. He is author of more than 80 articles and book chapters translated into a dozen languages. Mark has received awards for his research, writing, planning and design from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association, and the California Local Government Commission. He has received eight awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Awards Program, including the Centennial Medallion, their highest design award.
Mark’s research and publications have advanced our knowledge of the interactions and influences between people and places for more than four decades and includes often-cited articles, monographs, and books such as Public Space and The Meaning of Gardens. His work reaches broad audiences as well as academics and practitioners. The landscape architecture profession has embraced his work as evidenced by the publication and adoption of his case study method by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). Spurred by his publication, LAF has funded more than 100 projects following this method through their Case Study Investigation program. His publications have been translated into a dozen languages and are informing and influencing design education around the globe. His research has provided a foundation for decades of design practice in park and open space design and neighborhood revitalization, with visible direct impact across many American cities and communities.
Mark translated his research to numerous award-winning design projects, including urban spaces, areas, and parks. The Davis Central Park and Farmer’s Market, recognized as a new model for urban parks, and has received an ASLA Centennial Medallion as one of the most significant designed landscapes of the past 100 years. His projects also include designing the first 100-acre master plan for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which has also been recognized by California Park and Recreation Society, and local and national chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
For More than 30 years, Mark taught students at the University of California, Davis, UC Berkeley, City University of New York and Pratt Institute, and now Sweden. Through his academic work and teaching he has inspired many generations of LA professionals to look beyond the design image and create places that are beautiful and supportive of human development.
Mark’s long-term commitment to applying environment and behavior knowledge to the design of places is further evidenced by his leadership in co-founding the EDRA/Places Award program. Initiated during Mark’s tenure as EDRA Board chair in 1996, this program continues to highlight and promote the design and construction of environments that support the needs and activities of varied populations.
2017 Henry Sanoff
Henry Sanoff wins 2017 EDRA Career Award
Henry Sanoff, AIA, Professor Emeritus, College of Design, North Carolina State University graduated from New York City College of Technology in 1953, attended Pratt Institute, New York, where he where he received a Bachelor of Architecture 1957, and a Master of Architecture in 1962. Professor Sanoff came to the College of Design, NC State University in 1966 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was an Assistant Professor from 1963. He is widely published and known for his many books and articles—including, Democratic Design, School Building Assessment Methods, Schools Designed with Community Participation, Programming and Participation in Architectural Design; Community Participation in Design and Planning, Design Games, Creating Environments for Young Children, School Design, Integrating Programming Evaluation and Participation in Design, and Visual Research Methods in Design. His books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish and Russian. He is the former USA editor of the Journal of Design Studies, and recognized as the principal founder of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). His research has concentrated in the areas of school facilities, children's environments, community arts, community revitalization, and aging populations. Professor Sanoff has been a visiting lecturer at more than 85 institutions in the USA and abroad and a visiting scholar at The University of London, Oxford Polytechnic, Royal College of Art, Monterrey Technical Institute, Tokyo University, Western Australia Institute of Technology, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, University of Wellington, Royal Danish Academy of Art, University of Thessaloniki, University of Hamburg, Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Misr University (Egypt), and the Polish Institute of Architects. He received the NCSU, Holladay Medal of Excellence, Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Achievement Award, ACSA Architecture Distinguished Professor, ACSA Community Design Award, Fulbright Senior Specialists Award and the EDRA Honor and Service Awards. Sanoff also won a Design award and a Post Occupancy Evaluation award for the Davidson School and the Millis Elementary School from the School Construction News/Design Share Awards program.
2016 Lynn Paxson, Ph.D.
Lynn Paxson, Ph.D. wins 2016 Career Award
The EDRA Career Award is given in recognition of a career of sustained and significant contributions to environment design research, practice, or teaching. The 2016 recipients is Lynn Paxson, PhD, professor, Iowa State University. A lifetime EDRA member and supporter, Dr. Paxson's educational background, her professional career in architecture and design, and her rich academic career of teaching, research, practice and activism illustrate in remarkable ways what EDRA has long stood for. That is: both recognizing and demonstrating the importance of the designed environment in supporting and enhancing everyday life and, as importantly, the lives and cultures of those who are far too often marginalized.
2015 Craig Zimring
Craig Zimring Wins 2015 Career Award
For more than 30 years, Craig Zimring, professor of architecture and psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, and director, SimTigrate Design Lab, has been a major contributor to the field of environmental design research. Zimring coauthored one of the first compilations of methods and practice in the field. More recently, he was among the first researchers to write about evidence-based design. His publications helped define the term and significantly contributed to making evidence-based design a widely accepted practice. This is being demonstrated again in his new SimTegrate Design Lab, a center devoted to understanding the relationships among clinical processes, the designed environment and health-related outcomes.
Zimring has led more than 40 studies in the areas of health care, active living design and the development of design evaluation tools. He has published more than 50 articles, chapters, monographs and books and serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards.
An outstanding educator as well as a researcher, Zimring has mentored many students who have become respected researchers and professionals in the field. The admiration of his current and former students is evidenced by comments such as “insatiable curiosity and desire to make the world a better place” and “continues to expand the reach of environmental psychology through…novel methodologies to understand the relationship between space and behavior.”
His contributions to the field extend well beyond the lab and classroom. The New York City Active Design Guidelines he helped develop and write was the first document of its kind and is changing the way buildings are designed in New York City. He chaired the Health Environments Research Summit and the EBD 2.0 Summit, which continue to influence design research methods.
Zimring received his doctorate in environmental psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in psychology the University of Michigan.
Roberta M. Feldman, M. Arch., M. Ph., Ph.D., Professor Emerita, School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago is a 2014 recipient of the EDRA Career Award.
Professor Roberta Feldman’s body of work in settlement-identity provided significant insights into the relationship between environment and behavior, more specifically in its capacity to make sense of how urban sprawl and territorial mobility contribute to people’s identity. Used in its early beginnings by French and Italian environmental psychologists, the concept is now well established among the European . In Quebec, Canada, it remains the most powerful concept used by the interdisciplinary research team on suburbs, the GIRBa, to account for people’s residential behaviors, building bridges between psychology, sociology, geography and planning. Solid as ever, Feldman’s work on settlement-identity continues to be read by students in architecture, planning and social sciences to better understand the challenge of sustainability in the context of suburbs, where most North Americans are now born.
Dr. Feldman‘s deep understanding of people-environment relations has allowed her to make significant and lasting contributions to planning and design through the applications of design research. An architectural activist, researcher, and educator committed to democratic design, Feldman co-founded the City Design Center (CDC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995 where she has been engaged in community design and research for more than 30 years. Her work at the CDC embraces participatory design and action research practices with over 50 community organizations and development corporations in Chicago's low-income neighborhoods. The ultimate goal for Dr. Feldman was to address visions for shaping, revitalizing and preserving these living environments while actively engaging the community in the process. Her work − both solo and in multi-disciplinary teams of students, faculty, and professionals in the fields of architecture, urban planning, graphic and industrial design, and history and culture of cities − helped to support the communities underserved by the design professions. With over 50 competitive grants from federal and local government and foundations, Feldman’s expertise and commitment to community design and action research are recognized and heralded in the U.S. and around the world.
Her skills, acumen and leadership in integrating both design research and practice is perhaps best demonstrated in her work in the field of affordable housing design and planning. This is revealed by her many publications and presentations, most notably her book with Susan Stall, The Dignity of Resistance: Women Residents’ Activism in Chicago Public Housing, which received an EDRA/Places Award for Research in 2005. But it is also exemplified in her work as a catalyst in this arena of affordable housing design and planning, orchestrating and convening seminal conferences and workshops that bring together colleagues across the country. This is also illustrated in the recent document Wisdom from the Field, a product of the 2011 AIA Latrobe Prize, in which Dr. Feldman and her colleagues impart invaluable lessons of the strategies, processes and commitments that demonstrate how design can have social benefits and outcomes for society.
EDRA members – and the larger environmental design community in its various manifestations – owe a tremendous debt to this woman’s commitment to producing a myriad of high-quality research and design practice that benefit education and the public good throughout her illustrious career, and we proudly award her the 2014 EDRA Career Award.
2014 Lynda H. Schneekloth
Lynda H. Schneekloth Wins 2014 Career Award
Lynda H. Schneekloth, Professor Emerita, Department of Architecture, State University of New York at Buffalo is a 2014 recipient of the EDRA Career Award.
For four decades, Lynda H. Schneekloth has connected activism, design practice, applied research, teaching, scholarship, and academic service with deep theoretical work on the fundamental dynamics of professional and citizen engagement in the practice of “placemaking.” Schneekloth has thought deeply and strategically about working in the world even as she embraced the long-haul labor of healing that world. In the process she has helped expand the knowledge in our field, made a tangible impact on the “beloved places” she has cared about, and nurtured a generation of skillful and critical practitioners.
One of the key themes throughout her work has been about how the expert knowledge of designers and other professionals is brought into democratic dialogue with the specific and situated knowledge of citizens who inhabit particular places to produce environments that support a more humane and healthy way of life. She has explored, in parallel, the role of the human imagination in the production of places and ways of life.
The arc of Schneekloth’s career spans both methods of environmental design through programming, POE, empirical research, theoretical exploration, and planning/design practice, and subjects of engagement including children’s environments, urban regeneration, remediation of toxic sites and reuse of brownfields, protection of urban waterfronts and regional watersheds, rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings, and most recently remaking our built environment and systems of energy production to blunt the advance of global climate change.
Schneekloth’s practice re-conceptualizes and reimagines the possibilities for the future, seeing industrial wastelands as parks, grain silos as monumental landscapes, and border lands as communities. The imaginal is always an essential element in the advancement of the inevitably human utopian project through environmental design. In recent years, she has encouraged us to deepen our research and theory on the “environment” as presented at EDRA in Vancouver, and most recently, pushed the organization to address the most critical human/environment issue we will ever face – climate change.
Schneekloth has found many ways to re-imagine and to care for the place she has made her home – Buffalo and its region. Her legacies include Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, a potent organization devoted to repairing and protecting waterfronts, waterways, and watershed; the Western New York Environmental Alliance, now an active voice for regional environmental issues; a broad public appreciation of the value of Buffalo’s massive ensemble of riverfront grain elevators; the currency in Buffalo Niagara planning of the idea of “green infrastructure;” and the growth of the Niagara Greenway Trail, a result of the community negotiations for the FERC relicensing of the Niagara Power Project.
At other times this practice of care has been extended to other beloved places: Monteverde, Costa Rica, where she has directed the Sustainable Futures Institute; Roanoke, VA, where Schneekloth worked with the Roanoke Neighborhood Partnership and the First Baptist Church; and others around the world.
On each project practice has translated into knowledge and knowledge into practice. Schneekloth is author or editor of six books on topics including Olmsted Parks, regional heritage, reuse of institutional buildings and grounds, and grain elevators as well as co-author on the foundationalPlacemaking: The Art and Practice of Building Communities and co-editor of the seminal work on type, Ordering Space.
Finally, her practice has embraced the work of the Environmental Design Research Association – her intellectual home – serving as EDRA Chair in 1986-7 (the first woman to do so) when the EDRA publication series, Advances in Environment, Behavior, and Design was initiated. She has served on awards juries and search committees, and continues to actively participate in the on-going dialogue about people and places that gives life to EDRA. For her lifelong acheivements, we proudly award her the 2014 EDRA Career Award.
2014 Sue Weidemann
Sue Weidemann Wins 2014 Career Award
Sue Weidemann, Ph.D., President and Director of Research, BOSTI Associates, is a 2014 recipient of the EDRA Career Award.
Dr. Weidemann is an environmental psychologist who, for over four decades, has studied the relationships between people and the places and spaces they use, through her research, teaching, and consulting. Her primary contribution to advancing environmental design research has been the development and application of quantitative research tools. Over the years she has exhibited what it means to be methodologically rigorous, while at the same time being open to new ideas about the tools and strategies available for the conduct of research.
Another exceptional quality of Dr. Weidemann’s career is her skill as a mentor. Students and colleagues have come to her over the years for research guidance and advice. Dr. Weidemann’s mentorship abilities reflect her sincere interest in the questions, projects, and lives of students and colleagues. In her role as a mentor to students, she served as advisor and committee member to countless Masters of Landscape Architecture students at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and also on many student thesis committees.
Dr. Weidemann has contributed to the development of theory and concepts that underlie many facets of environmental design research, particularly in the fields of housing and office design. She is perhaps less recognized individually for these contributions since her work is primarily team-based. Weidemann believes that environmental design research benefits from collaborative activity, and has demonstrated this perspective in her involvement on many multidisciplinary research teams, helping team members to work seamlessly together.
At the University of Illinois, Dr. Weidemann taught research-based design decision-making for 25 years. During that time, she authored or coauthored more than 40 publications. Through her cutting edge research on housing, new survey instruments were developed for assessing residential satisfaction. Her projects have received national awards including the American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Awards for applied design research (four awards), Progressive Architecture magazine’s annual awards program (two awards), and the National Endowment for the Arts Honors Award for Exemplary Achievement in Design Research.
When Dr. Weidemann joined BOSTI Associates as Director of Research in 1994, her work focused on the workplace, quantitatively measuring the effects of workplace design upon important business metrics such as job satisfaction, team performance, and the productivity of office workers. These measures allowed BOSTI to identify those qualities of the workplace that have the strongest effects on these business metrics, enabling the prioritization of aspects of the workplace which would lead to increased productivity and job satisfaction.
Weidemann developed BOSTI's data-gathering methods, supervising data collection, analysis, and interpretation. The resulting analyses led directly to development of concepts which were incorporated, through collaborative work with designers, clients, and their other consultants, into the design and planning of high-performance workplaces. She also collected data across a wide variety of projects and client situations to create and maintain a large experiential database (now containing data from over 15,000 workers in diverse industries) for use in BOSTI Associates' research.
After retiring from BOSTI in 2007, Dr. Weidemann moved back to the academic realm, and is currently teaching at University at Buffalo (SUNY), participating in selective research, and collaborating with various firms and individuals.
Weidemann was a past EDRA Board member, was on the Editorial Board of Research Design Connections, and currently chairs the EDRA/Urban Communication Foundation Michael Brill Grant in Urban Communication and Environmental Design jury.
Dr. Weidemann’s pioneering research on housing satisfaction and office design, her landmark, award-winning studies, and her contributions to social science research methods and their application to pressing design problems – using sophisticated methods of data analysis - are truly exceptional, and make her extremely deserving of the 2014 EDRA Career Award.
2013 Richard Wener
Richard Wener Wins 2013 Career Award
Richard Wener, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Polytechnic Institute of New York University is the 2013 recipient of the EDRA Career Award.
Professor Wener is widely known and highly respected in the field of environmental psychology. As an environmental psychologist in an engineering institute, Dr. Wener is an everyday ambassador for environmental design research. He works on research teams that include public health professionals, engineers, urban planners, and many others, and accomplishes the same “boundary crossing” in his teaching. In his courses, Dr. Wener convinces engineering students of the importance of considering humans in the environments and systems they will create.
His 30 years of disciplined investigation into the environmental psychology of prisons and jails has significantly advanced the state of the art. This work further demonstrates how environment and behavior, thought of together, enhances the potential for more humane, just, and functional places for people. Dr. Wener’s The Environmental Psychology of Prisons and Jails: Creating Humane Spaces in Secure Settings, is the seminal book on the subject due to its overarching impact of the prison environment on the lives of prisoners, and the quality and scope of Dr. Wener’s research in this area.
Dr. Wener’s research on post occupancy evaluations (POE) is innovative for its use of multiple methods and theoretical grounding. In addition to his journal articles and book chapters on these topics, he recently served as a lead author for both the POE and programming chapters in the forthcoming volume on Methods in Environment, Behaviour and Design—an indication of Dr. Wener’s stature among POE and programming researchers.
His work related to the health impacts of taking transit versus driving is among the most important studies in the burgeoning field of active living research. The finding from this research, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and others, document the impacts of active travel for commuter stress and psychological well-being. The work has been published in NAS: Transportation Research Record, Environment and Behavior, the Journal of Environmental Psychology and Health Psychology. He frequently ventures into new research areas—cell phones and public space use, green buildings and user behavior, and others—before others appreciate the relevance of these topics for Environment-Behavior research.
For the past 25 years, Dr. Wener has been one of the core members behind the Rudy Bruner Award for Excellence in Urban Environments. He authored or co-authored 11 of the monographs that provide case studies of the Burner award winners, and serves as a consultant to the awards program. The Bruner Award publications are widely used for research and teaching on urban places in the U.S. and beyond.
A prolific scholar, Professor Wener has published 27 refereed journal articles and an additional 15 professional publications drawing on approximately 30 technical reports. He lectures widely and servers on the editorial boards of Environment and Behavior, the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, and the Journal of Environmental Systems.
Richard Wener is very thoughtful, works efficiently, and is an excellent writer who delivers. As one of the rare scholars who really understands policy and knows how to ask questions and present findings that decision makers can use, we proudly award him the 2013 EDRA Career Award.
2012 Robert W. Marans
Robert Marans Wins 2012 Career Award
Robert W. Marans, PhD, AICP, Professor, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, is the 2012 recipient of the EDRA Career Award.
Dr. Marans has been an EDRA member for 40 years. He joined EDRA after he attended the first EDRA conference in Chapel Hill, NC while he was a graduate student. Since then, Dr. Marans has made significant contributions to environmental design research, practice, and teaching.
Dr. Marans is currently a research professor at the Institute for Social Research. During the past 40 years, he has conducted evaluative studies and research dealing with various aspects of communities, neighborhoods, housing, and parks and recreation and recreational facilities. His research has focused on user requirements and the manner in which attributes of the physical and sociocultural environments influence individual and group behavior and the quality of community life. Much of Dr. Marans' research has been in the context of urban areas. His current research considers the impact of the built and natural environments on quality of life, the role of neighborhood in the health of Detroit residents, and issues of sustainability and energy conservation in buildings and institutional settings. Dr. Marans is the author or co-author of 8 books and more than 100 articles and technical reports. His most recent book, Investigating Quality of Urban Life: Theory, Methods and Research (co-edited with Robert Stimson) reflects his past work and current thinking about environment-behavior research as a tool for informing policy, planning and design at the urban and neighborhood scale. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals including Environment & Behavior, JAPR, Asian Journal of Environment-Behavior Studies, and has lectured extensively throughout the U.S., and in Europe, Asia, South Africa, South American, Australia, and the Middle East.
Dr. Marans is a registered architect and is active in recreation policy and planning in Southeastern Michigan. He is a charter member and currently president of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission and commissioner of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority, the governing body responsible for the planning, development, and operations of the metroparks throughout Southeastern Michigan. He also serves as a trustee of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Inc. and has served on the executive committee of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and the boards of the University’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, the Michigan Land Use Institute, and the Legacy Land Conservancy.
Dr. Marans is also professor emeritus of architecture and urban planning in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, where he served as director of its interdisciplinary Ph. D. program in planning, and chair of the urban and regional planning program. Dr. Marans has had positive impacts on several generations of students. Not only is he knowledgeable about environment and behavior theory and methods, he has inspired many students to excel in architecture, planning, landscape design and real estate. His teaching did not end in his classroom. Many worked with him on research projects at the Institute for Social Research. One of his former students observes that “[Dr. Marans] showed me through his own work that success comes from hard work, passion, creativity, intellect, analytics…”
Dr. Marans is truly an outstanding environmental design researcher who has practiced architecture and planning, taught and mentored many students from a variety of fields, administered academic programs, and serves as a policy maker in parks and recreation. His work clearly exemplifies the excellence in research, practice and teaching to which we all aspire, and we proudly award him the 2012 EDRA Career Award.
2011 Galen Cranz
Galen Cranz wins 2011 EDRA Career Award
Galen Cranz, PhD, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, is the 2011 recipient of the EDRA Career Award.
The accomplishments of Galen Cranz, PhD, in teaching, research, and design have inspired a generation of students and professionals. Her ability to transcend the boundaries of discipline, to cross from meticulous intellectual work to applied research and design, and her passion, integrity, and deep concern for the rightness of all things and places we use embody what is best about EDRA.
Her decades of teaching and lectures at U.C. Berkeley and at numerous other national and international institutions and conferences have exposed individuals from many fields to the effect of the environment on people. In over three decades of teaching, she has served as a mentor and role model for students. Her survey classes in social factors in architecture at Berkeley have touched thousands of students while her graduate courses and advising have nurtured many others. Many of these students are currently practicing informed design, teaching, and carrying out research across the U.S. and internationally.
Dr. Cranz’s research stretches in scale from the human body to large urban parks, and her work has also made social factors in design accessible to a wider audience beyond the academy. Her book The Politics of Park Design, A History of Urban Parks in America is a staple reading for landscape architecture students across the country.
More recently, her book The Chair won the 2004 EDRA Achievement Award and gained the attention of the international media. For this book, Galen was interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air by Terry Gross as well as on Australian and British radio. As the result of this research, she also consulted in ergonomics with furniture and automobile manufacturers.
Additionally, although not formally trained as a designer, Dr. Cranz has transcended the role of researcher and academic by participating in and winning design competitions for urban parks. Perhaps most notable is her collaboration with architect Bernard Tschumi which was the winning entry for the competition for the design of Parc de la Villette in Paris.
Dr. Cranz has played a significant role in advocating for assessment of designed spaces. For many years, students in her Social Factors in Design class worked in teams to conduct post-occupancy evaluations of buildings on the campus and in the community. This process not only taught design students about the difference between design intention and actual use, but also specific methods for collecting information: interviews, surveys, as-built drawings, etc. At the 2010 EDRA conference, she presented an assessment of this work and proposed a very critical need to shift from evaluation to assessment.
It is due to this type of long-range view of the evolving nature of environmental design research as well as her impressive accomplishments in teaching, research, and applied design that we award Dr. Cranz the 2011 EDRA Career Award.
2010 Karen Franck
Karen Franck wins 2010 EDRA Career Award
Karen Franck, Ph.D. Professor, College of Architecture and Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology, is the 2010 recipient of the EDRA Career Award.
Dr. Franck is an acknowledged leader in built environment research and has developed very important bridges between the fields of architecture, environmental psychology, urban planning, feminist theory, and phenomenology. Her innovative and highly original research has greatly contributed to the advancement of design research and practice. She has tackled diverse topics and completed pioneering studies on social and spatial issues relating to public space, community design, housing, the process of design, and the forces that shape the process of design. Dr. Franck has very effectively collaborated with a multitude of scholars and practitioners on writings and projects that have offered practitioners and researchers alternative and better solutions to physical and social issues.
Dr. Franck has held the position of Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology since 1981. In addition, she serves as the Director of the Ph.D. Program in Urban Systems at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dr. Franck has engaged in consulting related to housing choice for people with developmental disabilities, dwelling design and changing family composition, and social and architectural evaluation of college dormitories.
Dr. Franck’s wide-ranging publications include: Design through Dialogue: A Guide for Clients and Architects (with Teresa von Sommaruga Howard, 2009), Loose Space: Possibility and Diversity in Public Life (with Quentin Stevens, 2007), Architecture from the Inside Out: From the Body, the Senses, the Site and the Community (with R. Bianca Lepori, 2007), Food + City (2005), Food + Architecture (2002), Architecture Inside Out (2000), Nancy Wolf: Hidden Cities, Hidden Longings (1996), Ordering Space: Types in Architecture and Design (1994), A Feminist Approach to Architecture: Acknowledging Women’s Ways of Knowing (1999) New Households, New Housing, (with Sherry Ahrentzen, 1989).
Dr. Karen Franck has been a long-term member of EDRA, serving as an active member of the Urban Planning, Design Research and Design Education Networks. Most recently Dr. Franck has been contributing to the emerging symposia on bodies, space, design - the connections between these elements, and human experience.
2009 Sherry Ahrentzen
Sherry Ahrentzen wins 2009 EDRA Career Award
The 2009 EDRA Career Award will be given to Sherry Ahrentzen, Ph.D. for lifetime achievement in environment and behavior research and education. This award is to be presented at EDRA’s 40th annual conference on May 30, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Ahrentzen’s career has influenced a generation of young scholars who has made their own mark on the field of environment and behavior studies. Her work in gender studies, housing, and design education has created a rigorous body of research that has influenced both policy and the built environment. The Environmental Design Research Association honors the profound influence that Dr. Ahrentzen has made in helping to create more humane environments.
As a leader in environment and behavior research, she has championed the needs of underserved and marginalized populations who are often left out of the design and planning process. Dr. Ahrentzen is the co-editor with Karen A. Franck of the book, New Households, New Housing which is a well respected source for understanding the housing needs of America’s families.
As a Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, she helped develop a graduate program that is one of the top in the environment and behavior field while mentoring an impressive array of doctoral and masters students. In addition, she was honored in 2003 as a Distinguished Professor by the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture. At Arizona State University, in addition to being a Research Professor in the College of Design, she is the Interim Director and Associate Director for Research at the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family, where she is âœeducating a new audience of developers and policy makers regarding the impact of the physical environment on human behavior.
As a long standing member of EDRA, Dr. Ahrentzen has served the organization as a member of the Board of Directors. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Psychology and on the advisory board of the Housing and Custom Home Knowledge Committee of the AIA.
Dr. Ahrentzen’s impressive career of research, advising, and teaching has made its mark in the challenging arena of built form and policy. For these past achievements and ongoing accomplishments, the Environmental Design Research Association is proud to award Dr. Sherry Ahrentzen the 2009 EDRA Career Award.
2008 Jay Farbstein
2008 Career Award - Jay Farbstein
Jay Farbstein, Phd, FAIA received the 2008 EDRA Career Award at the EDRA 39 Conference in Veracruz, Mexico. A licensed architect in the state of California, Jay has a distinguished career that bridges teaching, practice, research and consulting. He has incorporated environment and behavior methods and knowledge into a body of work that spans over 30 years. He is the co-author of People in Places: Experiencing, Using and Changing the Built Environment with Min Kantrowitz, as well as the author of numerous articles and book chapters. As principal of Farbstein Associates in San Luis Obispo, California, he served as the mentor for a whole generation of young architects and planners. His firm exemplifies the incorporation of environment and behavior research into architecture in the fields of master planning, architectural programming, and post-occupancy evaluation. His work with federal agencies including the US Postal Service led to new aesthetic guidelines for new buildings. In addition, his book, Correctional Facility Planning and Design has been used extensively by both government officials and designers.
Mr. Farbstein has informed environment and behavior research in several key areas including post-occupancy evaluation, architectural programming, and needs assessment. Jay served on the EDRA Board of Directors from 1981- 1984 as both Chair and Vice Chair. His work has been recognized by the US Postal Service, National Endowment for the Arts, and American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Justice. Mr. Farbstein has a Bachelors’ of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Masters’ in Architecture from Harvard University, and a PhD from the University of London.
Mr. Farbstein has informed environment and behavior research in several key areas including post-occupancy evaluation, architectural programming, and needs assessment. Jay served on the EDRA Board of Directors from 1981- 1984 as both Chair and Vice Chair. His work has been recognized by the US Postal Service, National Endowment for the Arts, tand American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Justice. Mr. Farbstein has a Bachelors’ of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Masters’ in Architecture from Harvard University, and a PhD from the University of London.
2007 Robert Gifford
2007 Career Award - Robert Gifford
My research interests are at the interface of environmental, social, and personality psychology. I try to combine all three areas in studies of resource management, social judgment and cognition, nonverbal behaviour, and the perception of architecture. I also develop tools to measure personality, environmental, and social constructs. My goal is to combine these interests into studies that simultaneously advance theory and improve built and natural environments.