Environmental Design Research Association
Announces 16th Annual Great Places Awards Call for Entries

February 3 deadline to nominate professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design


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January 13, 2014 (McLean, VA) – The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) is inviting entries for the 16th Annual Great Places Awards. The 2014 program seeks to recognize work that combines expertise in design, research, and practice, and contributes to the creation of dynamic, humane places that engage our attention and imagination. Award-winning projects reflect an interdisciplinary approach that is enduring, human-centered, sustainable, and concerned with the experiential relationship between people and their environment (built and natural) over time.

Winners will be announced and presented at EDRA45NewOrleans, the 2014 EDRA conference held May 28-31 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The winning entries will be on display throughout the conference and publicized throughout the year in various print and electronic publications.

“The EDRA Great Places Awards is a unique program that recognizes exemplary work encompassing the interconnectedness of environment and behavior across multiple scales and venues of environmental design,” said EDRA Chair Rula Awwad-Rafferty.

EDRA invites participation from a range of design and research disciplines — particularly projects whose significance extends beyond any one profession or field. All submissions should show how research and/or public participation is linked to or part of an environmental design practice, and vice versa. Submissions should also demonstrate how an understanding of the experience of place may be used to generate insightful design. Complete submission information can be found online at www.edra.org/greatplaces.

Submissions are welcome from the full breadth of environmental design and related research activities, including architecture, landscape architecture, planning, urban design, interior design, lighting design, graphic design, place-based public art, environmental psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography, and the physical sciences.

For more information about the EDRA Great Places Awards, visit www.edra.org.

About EDRA: The Environmental Design Research Association is an international, interdisciplinary organization founded in 1969 by architects and psychologists concerned with integrating people’s needs in shaping the built environment. EDRA exists to advance and disseminate environmental design research, thereby improving understanding of the interrelationships between people, their built and natural surroundings toward creation and curation of environments responsive to human needs. For more information on the organization, membership, and services provided, visit www.edra.org.