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The 2019 CORE recipients have been announced.

Join us at EDRA50, May 22-26 in Brooklyn for the CORE recognition ceremony!

Applications for the 2020 CORE Program will open in late 2019.

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 scientific 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. There is no limit on the number of applications you may submit.

Minimum Requirements

To apply for CORE certification, the design research study must have:

  • Been applied to or based on a real-world design project(s) or ongoing design program/effort;
  • Considered the relationship between identified human and environmental variables;
  • Included an interdisciplinary team of designers and researchers;
  • Been completed in full — i.e., not only has data been collected and analyzed, but also the findings have been determined, documented, and shared;
  • Been completed within the last two years (since Fall 2016); and
  • Gone through the process of review by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), if the study involved human subjects (though it may have been deemed exempt, and studies that have not gone through IRB can provide justification).

Past Certifications

View 2019 Recipients

View 2018 Recipients

View 2017 Recipients

View 2016 Recipients




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