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Environmental Design Research Association Statement on the Proposed National Architecture Accrediting Board 2014 Conditions for Accreditation
Date:11/1/2013

McLean, VA (PRWEB) November 01, 2013

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), the world’s leading interdisciplinary organization on Environment-Behavior research, design, and outreach, is deeply concerned by the recently released 2014 first draft of proposed conditions for accreditation by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). Originally founded in 1969 by architects and psychologists concerned with integrating people's needs in shaping the built environment and providing a research foundation for design education and practice, EDRA maintains its strong ties to membership within architecture communities, currently serving more than two-thirds of NAAB accredited programs.

As an engaged design research community representing an international membership of leading architects, educators, designers, artists, researchers, landscape architects, planners, policymakers, facility managers, students, environmental psychologists, and scientists, we are voicing our strong concerns with the amendments in the proposal. This draft defines the standards that professional degree programs in architecture are expected to meet in order to ensure that students are prepared to move forward to the next steps in their careers, including internship and licensure. The recent changes eliminate and truncate key criteria directly related to public health, safety, and welfare, as well as the kind of social research-based approach to architecture that has created innovative and inspired design with contextual relevance and fit, added value for clients, and improved quality of people's lives.

Ensuring that current and future architects have the capability and expertise to design human-centered environments is critical for the future of the profession. Leading design firms consider design research experience and expertise as powerfu
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