Interior Design Team Wins Merit Status from EDRA

The University of Florida’s Department of Interior Design received a national Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) for an investigation of mixed-use learning environments.

The study, “Mixed-use Learning Zones for Millennials: A Typology for Bridging Learning from the Academe to the Profession,” was awarded Merit Status – the highest level given to the CORE projects.

CORE recognizes rigorous, valuable and impactful practice-based research that sparks innovation and promotes best practice in environmental design.

In 2018, seven outstanding practice-based design research projects met the CORE criteria and were selected for recognition, based on a rigorous cross-disciplinary review. The review panel was composed of academic researchers, practice-based researchers, designers and industry leaders.

For more information on CORE recipients and the award program, see

The Engage Design Lab team that completed this research includes Meg Portillo, Sheila Bosch, Jason Meneely, Candy Carmel-Gilfilen, Nam-Kyu Park, Maria Sanchez, Elizabeth Calienes from the Department of Interior Design as well as additional UF faculty and graduate students:  Abhinav Alakshendra (Urban and Regional Planning), Robert Norberg (The Agency) and Jessica VanderBiezen (College of Education).

The project was funded by the American Society of Interior Designers Foundation’s Transform grant.



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