The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)

Organisation type: Professional association
Address: 1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
United States of America
Region: International
Established: 1968
Website: edra.org
Email ID: headquarters@edra.org
Phone: (651) 379-7306
Fax: (651) 290-2266

 

EDRA was established in 1968 when a group of socially motivated designers came together to form EDRA with the shared belief that the design professions could play a greater role in producing environments that mattered to people and where people mattered. Their vision was to create opportunities for linkage and exchange between people in the environmental design professions and people in the social sciences to develop new knowledge. The union of design and research would advance our capacity to create livable and healthy places and meaningful people-place relationships. Today EDRA is an international, interdisciplinary organization whose members hail from diverse environmental design fields and sectors.

 

EDRA came into being during a period of social awareness and social unrest. Consequently, our agenda, the social aspects of the environment, was clearly a product of the times. The vision of EDRA is to bridge theory, research, teaching, and practice to:

  • Recognize and create more humane environments in collaboration with global stakeholders/communities
  • Promote cutting-edge research and practice that is essential to improve quality of life for all people
  • Transcend disciplinary boundaries and industry sectors in collaborative pursuit of environments that are responsive to diverse human needs.
  • Advocate for diverse voices in the pursuit of social justice

 

EDRA holds an annual conference in different locations around the United States and around the world. Most conferences are held in the United States where the EDRA membership is concentrated, but over the last 40 years, four have been held in Canada, two have been held in Mexico and one was held in Scotland.

2017 | Madison, United States of America
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2016 | Raleigh, United States of America
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2015 | Los Angeles, United States of America
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2014 | New Orleans, United States of America
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2013 | Providence, United States of America
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2012 | Seattle, United States of America
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2011 | Chicago, United States of America
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2010 | Washington DC, United States of America
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2009 | Kansas City, United States of America
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2008 | Veracruz, Mexico
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2007 | Sacramento, United States of America
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2006 | Atlanta, United States of America
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2005 | Vancouver, Canada
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2004 | Albuquerque, United States of America
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2003 | Minneapolis, United States of America
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2002 | Philadelphia, United States of America
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2001 | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2000 | San Francisco, United States of America
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1999 | Orlando, United States of America
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1998 | St. Louis, United States of America
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1997 | Montreal, Canada
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1996 | Salt Lake City, United States of America
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1995 | Boston, United States of America
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1994 | San Antonio, United States of America
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1993 | Chicago, United States of America
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1992 | Boulder, United States of America
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1991 | Oaxtepec, Mexico
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1990 | Champaign/Urbana,  United States of America
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1989 | Black Mountain,  United States of America
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1988 | Pomona,  United States of America
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1987 | Ottawa, Canada
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1986 | Atlanta,  United States of America
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1985 | New York,  United States of America
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1984 | San Luis Obispo,  United States of America
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1983 | Lincoln,  United States of America
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1982 | College Park,  United States of America
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1981 | Ames,  United States of America
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1980 | Charleston,  United States of America
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1979 | Buffalo,  United States of America
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1978 Tucson,  United States of America
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1977 | Champ/Urbana,  United States of America
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1976| Vancouver, Canada
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1975| Lawrence,  United States of America
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1974 | Milwaukee,  United States of America
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1973 | Blacksburg,  United States of America
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1971 | Los Angeles,  United States of America
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1970 | Pittsburgh,  United States of America
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1969 | Chapel Hill,  United States of America
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June 6-9, 2018 | Oklahoma City, United States of America
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Important dates:

  • Submission: Closed
  • Submission acceptance notification: January

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