Two HDR-Led Research Teams among 2018 EDRA CORE Recipients

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) recently announced the recipients of the Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) for 2018, the third year of the program. Two HDR-led projects were selected for recognition.

The purpose of EDRA’s CORE is to recognize rigorous, valuable and impactful practice-based research that sparks innovation and promotes best practices in environmental design. The program intends to demonstrate the value of integrating research into projects by acknowledging teams who are conducting and disseminating quality, practice-based research.

HDR’s industry-leading research team submitted two winning projects:

  • “Beyond POE: Leveraging Knowledge across Firms in Sutter Health’s Facility Evaluation Program,” a study that included team members from several organizations: Jill Bergman, Jeri Brittin and Renae Rich of HDR; Terri Zborowsky of HGA Architects & Engineers; and Shahrokh Sayadi of Sutter Health.
  • “Behavior Change through Design: The Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation (VCBR),” a study with a collaborative team, including Jeri Brittin, Jason Beshore and Susan Puumala of HDR; and Anita Schlank of VCBR. Read more about the outcomes-driven project at VCBR.

“Raising the bar on quality, conformance to human-subject research ethical standards, and expert critical review of studies submitted is an important aspect of EDRA’s CORE program,” said Jeri Brittin, Ph.D., director of research at HDR, who served on the program’s reviewing sub-committee last year. “There’s a misconception in the industry that practice-based research does not need to be as rigorous or attentive to potential biases as research from academic centers. This perception is just plain wrong, and can potentially lead to poor, or even detrimental, design decision-making.  

“By definition, practice-based research is intended to produce findings that can be translated and applied in practice,” Brittin said. “Therefore, those of us in practice, along with our academic colleagues who conduct both applied and more theoretical research, have a responsibility to produce the highest quality work possible.”

EDRA CORE recipients are selected based on thorough evaluation by a cross-disciplinary panel of reviewers consisting of academic researchers, practice-based researchers, designers and industry thought leaders. The CORE recipients will be recognized at the 2018 EDRA49 Annual Conference in Oklahoma City in June.

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