UF College of Design, Construction & Planning

Interior Design Team Wins Merit Status from EDRA - Published on September 5, 2018

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 https://www.edra.org/page/2018_core_recipients.

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.