Research Design Connections

Research Design Connections

Research Design Connections

Organisation type: Science-based design magazine Region: International
Research Design Connections is the premier magazine for people who want to stay up-to-date on design-relevant research in the social, physical, and design sciences. Its readers are in professional practice or academic groups, or both, worldwide. They all need to know everything that objective, unbiased science can tell them about how our experiences in the physical world influence how we think and behave.

Research Design Connections (RDC) summarizes, in everyday language, the design-related findings of newly published studies in the peer-reviewed press—the sort of research that’s rigorously derived and reliable. It combines the resulting insights with those from respected, earlier studies.  What results are powerful articles packed with the need-to-know information required to design spaces that, for example: enhance performance at workplaces, schools, healthcare facilities and elsewhere; increase creative thinking; improve health; smooth socializing and getting along with others; spur sales; and foster well-being and positive mental states. RDC also regularly covers how cultures (national, organizational, etc.) and personality influence the experience of designed and natural spaces and objects.

At Research Design Connections (RDC), we’ve been publishing since 2002.  Over the years, we’ve heard from many of our subscribers.  They’ve let us know that there isn’t another place where they can find the sort of useful, science-based information that’s available at RDC and that they wouldn’t think of working on a project without reviewing the research in RDC.  And they let us know that they trust us; that they believe our discussions of design-related science are complete, accurate, and written in a down-to-earth way. In the past year’s monthly issues, we’ve published nearly 40 major articles/reports, integrating information presented in a slew of publications. And those major articles/reports are in addition to about 350 shorter articles and blog posts covering important and practical findings from single studies that RDC has published in the last year. Subscribers also have access to RDC’s archives: over 2,400 useful articles/reports and blog posts on all aspects of research-informed design. Science-informed design and design research can be tough—keeping up with newly published studies and integrating those new findings with older ones can be difficult. RDC makes it easier to work with science in mind because it reports the research findings needed for design-related decision making. Join the Research Design Connections family.  Gain the information you need to do your best work.

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MASS design group

MASS Design Group

Organisation type: Non-Profit Organization
Address: 334 Boylston Street Suite 400
Boston, Massachusetts 02116 USA
Region: International
Established: 2008

MASS design group began in 2008 during the design and building of the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda; a project of Partners In Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Since then, MASS has expanded to work in over a dozen countries in Africa and the Americas. Our work spans the design of buildings, research, policy, education, and strategic planning.

Architecture is not neutral; it either helps or hurts. Architecture is a mechanism that projects its values far beyond a building’s walls and into the lives of communities and people. To acknowledge that architecture has this kind of agency and power is to acknowledge that buildings, and the industry that erects them, are as accountable for social injustices as they are critical levers to improve the communities they serve.

The stakes are too high, and the accountability too low, not to insist that architects do something to address these challenges. This is why we started MASS Design Group.  

We set up MASS Design Group as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to create a model of practice optimized to deliver maximum impact to our partners and the communities they serve.

“Architecture is never neutral. It either heals or hurts. Our mission is to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity.”

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Terrapin Bright Green

Terrapin Bright Green

Terrapin Bright Green


Organisation type: Design Consultancy
Address: New York, United States of America
Region: International
Phone: +1 646 460 8400


Terrapin is a sustainability consulting firm committed to creating a healthier world. We help our clients set and meet sustainability goals that lead to the improved health and well-being of employees and ecosystems as well as the enhanced performance of their products and systems. We accomplish this through workshops, research, planning, guidelines, and product development.


Health & Wellbeing
They improve access to research in psychology, physiology, and neuroscience for designers, owners, and investors to create a new paradigm for a built environment that is healthy, productive, and profitable.

They improve biodiversity through a deep analysis of place at the outset of each engagement and integrate ecological restoration when appropriate.

They improve financial returns by looking beyond incremental opportunities, developing projects that radically improve efficiency and productivity while maintaining a realistic ROI.

Systems Integration
They improve systems integration through a holistic design process and a deep understanding of current technologies, yielding unique solutions with state-of-the-shelf equipment.

Water Management
They improve water utilization by identifying the appropriate quality and efficiency to meet our clients’ needs, minimizing environmental impacts and addressing changing patterns of water accessibility.

Energy Utilization
They improve energy efficiency and system resiliency for energy-independent, net-producer buildings that represent a new model for carbon-neutral, energy-secure towns and cities.

Climate Resiliency
They improve climate resiliency through holistic strategies that address environmental and social vulnerabilities, such as poorly functioning ecosystems and fragile communities.

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People – Environment Research Group (GRIPA)

People – Environment Research Group (GRIPA)

People – Environment Research Group

Organisation type: Research group
Address: Department of Psychology, 
University of A Coruña, Spain.
Region: International
Established: 1995


The People-Environment Research Group (GRIPA)University of A Coruña, born in 1995 in the framework of the research activities of the Laboratory of Social Psychology.It was formed by young researchers and the Faculty of Educational Sciences, and the School of Architecture of this University, the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Vigo and the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Since then the group has carried out continuous research into the specific applied field of Environmental Psychology and Environmental Education, as well as in the interdisciplinary field of People-Environment Studies, by conducting applied research. 

Check out the website for recent publications and events.


  • Alternative Forms of Houses
  • Analysis of Daily Spaces (Houses)
  • Co2 Reduction
  • Ecological Responsible Behavior
  • Environmental Policy and Public Participation
  • Environmental Quality
  • Health
  • Human Values
  • Information and Communication
  • Perspective of the Citizen/User
  • Safety
  •  Social Impact Evaluation and Public Opinion
  • Social Innovation
  • Social-Community
  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Sustainable Lifestyles and Green Economy




2016 | University of A Coruña
Workshop: The role of social learning in the individual and collective agency for social innovation

2015 | University of A Coruña
Workshop: Theories of change in sustainability transitions

2010 | Menéndez Pelayo International University
Seminar: Sustainability and climate change. Advances in social science research

2007 | University of A Coruña
Course: Sustainability, Values and the Environment

2006 | Costa da Morte III
Lecture series: Social, Economic and Cultural development, environment and quality of life

2005 | Costa da Morte II
Lecture series: Social Intervention and Local Development

2004 | Costa da Morte I
Lecture series: Social Intervention and Local Development

2003 | University of A Coruña
Lecture series: Social Psychology, Social Issues and the Environment

2000 | University of A Coruña
Workshop: Environmental Psychology: Environmental Attitudes and Values

1999 | University of A Coruña
Workshop: Environmental Psychology: Global and Local Environmental Problems




2017 |  University of A Coruña
International Conference on environmental psychology (ICEP): Theories of change and social innovation in transitions towards sustainability

2013 |  University of A Coruña
IAPS International Network Symposium: Sustainable environments in a changing global context. Identifying opportunities for innovative spaces and practices in contexts of crisis”

2005 |  University of A Coruña
9th Spanish National Conference of Social Psychology

2002 |  University of A Coruña
17th Conference of the International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS)

1998 |  University of A Coruña
6th Spanish National Conference of Environmental Psychology

1997 | University of A Coruña
10th European Meeting of the Psychometric Society

1995 |  University of A Coruña
European Conference on the Environment: Ecological Responsibility and Environmental Resources Management: Methodological Issues

1994 |  University of A Coruña
International Conference on Youth Research Methods: Methodological Issues in Cross-Cultural Youth Research (in collaboration with the Social Psychology European Research Institute (SPERI) and the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Santiago de Compostela).

1994 | University of A Coruña
17th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology. Polities in Transition: Political and Psychological Aspects.

1993 | University of A Coruña
3rd National Congress of Methodology of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)

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
Email ID:
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

2016 | Raleigh, United States of America

2015 | Los Angeles, United States of America

2014 | New Orleans, United States of America

2013 | Providence, United States of America

2012 | Seattle, United States of America

2011 | Chicago, United States of America

2010 | Washington DC, United States of America

2009 | Kansas City, United States of America

2008 | Veracruz, Mexico

2007 | Sacramento, United States of America

2006 | Atlanta, United States of America

2005 | Vancouver, Canada

2004 | Albuquerque, United States of America

2003 | Minneapolis, United States of America

2002 | Philadelphia, United States of America

2001 | Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2000 | San Francisco, United States of America

1999 | Orlando, United States of America

1998 | St. Louis, United States of America

1997 | Montreal, Canada

1996 | Salt Lake City, United States of America

1995 | Boston, United States of America

1994 | San Antonio, United States of America

1993 | Chicago, United States of America

1992 | Boulder, United States of America

1991 | Oaxtepec, Mexico

1990 | Champaign/Urbana,  United States of America

1989 | Black Mountain,  United States of America

1988 | Pomona,  United States of America

1987 | Ottawa, Canada

1986 | Atlanta,  United States of America

1985 | New York,  United States of America

1984 | San Luis Obispo,  United States of America

1983 | Lincoln,  United States of America

1982 | College Park,  United States of America

1981 | Ames,  United States of America

1980 | Charleston,  United States of America

1979 | Buffalo,  United States of America

1978 Tucson,  United States of America

1977 | Champ/Urbana,  United States of America

1976| Vancouver, Canada

1975| Lawrence,  United States of America

1974 | Milwaukee,  United States of America

1973 | Blacksburg,  United States of America

1971 | Los Angeles,  United States of America

1970 | Pittsburgh,  United States of America

1969 | Chapel Hill,  United States of America



June 6-9, 2018 | Oklahoma City, United States of America

Important dates:

  • Submission: Closed
  • Submission acceptance notification: January

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