Engage Design Lab focuses on studying and creating exciting human-centered environments using mixed methods of research and visualization. Launched and led by the University of Florida’s Interior Design Department, this lab harnesses the resources of the College of Design, Construction and Planning and invites collaboration with other partners from industry and practice to develop high performing, multidisciplinary programs and projects. The success of the EdL can be attributed to its intensive and highly visual cycle of inquiry, design development, implementation, and assessment.
MIxed-use Learning Zones for Millenials, ASID Transform grant
This EDl study explored millenial preferences for on-campus learning environments and found evidence for new kinds of learning zones and spaces that could heighten student engagement and facilitating their professional transition into careers, whether that was in business, journalism or medicine. Findings and design recommendations were drawn from the study's national survey, stakeholder and intercept interviews, behavior mapping, 360 visualizations, and multi-vocal narratives.
Engaged Learning and Discovery Spaces
K-12 Education: Technology-infused and collaborative learning environments
A multi-yearcollaboration centering on developing and the assessment of technology-and-team based learning environments designed for high school led by our team in collaboration with administrators and teachers recieved with in kind support to create an innovative prototype spaces at the P.K. Yonge Development Research School in Gainesville, Fla. In 2015, Steelcase funded this project from a pool of over 500 applications.
Higher Education: Mixed-use learning environments from research labs to chill zones
Multi-year collaboration with the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Science (Departments of Biology, Psychology, and Mathematics) and UF Law. This paticipatory research and design involves students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other stakeholders in a research-based process leading to imaginative solutions for spaces that encourage engaged learning, research, and collaboration.
Empathic Healthcare Experience: Award-winning Cancer Care Facility Prototype and Narrative Inquiry model
A multi-year collaboration focusing on new models supporting wellness and a holistic model of healthcare with industry partner, Herman Miller, Inc. Award-winning design proposals and evidence-based scholarship developed by our team have been recognized with national awards from Healthcare Design and the Interior Design Educators Council.
We aim to support people across the life space with a range of physical and cognitive capacities–including those with special needs (e.g., dementia, autism, ADHD) who could be better served by design.
EDl aspires to gain new insights on holistic healthcare environments that better support patients, families, caregivers and staff.
EDl aspires to develop discoveries on transformative learning environments that better support students, teachers/faculty, administrators, staff, and visitors.
All research, projects and activities reflect the following principles: INCLUSIVE: Creating inclusive environments that optimize health and learning for all types of people.
INNOVATIVE: Discovering, testing and creating imaginative solutions using mixed methods, including visualization, to develop valuable solutions.
CULTIVATINGCHANGE: Using a human-centered design appraoch that optimizes individual, community or organizational functioning.
CONSERVATION: Employing sustainable and high-performance design practices to reducing the environmental “footprint” of new and existing spaces and environments.
AWARENESS&ACTION: Raising awareness of the critical role design plays in improving people’s lives through multi-media dissemination.
INCLUSIVE. INNOVATIVE. EMPATHETIC. Improving individual lives and communities through design.
Engage Design Lab
Our Engage Design Lab works with real clients on and off campus to create solutions. The UF Law School project that we worked on is currently under construction!
Law School cafeteria in Construction - expected completion August 2017
Our students have been involved in every step of the way in the desiging of the Law School cafeteria.