ASID Foundation Research Grant Program


ASIDF is honored to recognize the ASIDF Research Grant recipients and their work.

Funding for the ASID Foundation Research Grant program is made possible by the ASID Foundation, Joel Polsky, and Irene Winifred Eno funds.

The ASID Foundation (ASIDF) understands the importance of incorporating research into practice and has established the ASIDF Research Grants Program to support projects that result in actionable design principles, guidelines, and/or tools that designers can apply in their projects. 

2020 Grant Award Projects

In 2020, the ASID Foundation research committee prioritized four topics of interest as pertinent information designers need for their practice: Design Equity, Social Justice & Inclusion, Adaptive Environments Designed for Change (Human Resilience), and Physical Proximity for Enhanced Organizational Outcomes. 

How Design Can Support and Help Heal People Experiencing Trauma

Project Overview: This study will prepare design guidelines to support Trauma Informed Space by updating and distributing a recently developed tool to a wider audience through a video. The video will explain the document, why it is important, and track outcomes of the guidelines’ use.

Research Team: HOK, Vituity, United Way of Greater Los Angeles – Pam Light, Rachel Rouse, Deborah Sperry, Dee Dee Bonds, Dr. Scott Zeller, Sarah Geske, Jordan Dunn, Dalma Diaz, Chris Ko, Dr. Sally Augustin

Healthy Affordable Housing Toolkit: Addressing the Interior Adaptability of Affordable Housing During COVID

Project Overview: This study will conduct post-occupancy and community participatory research that will identify modifiable interior design elements and support the development of design tools tailored for affordable housing focused on the daily life, health, and safety of vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research Team: Perkins & Will – Dr. Erika Eitland, Stephen Messinger, Amina Helstern, Allison Torsiglieri, Patricia Poiana, and Michael Salib

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2019 Grant Award Projects

In 2019, the ASID Foundation research committee prioritized four topics of interest as pertinent information designers need for their practice: Design for Mindfulness, Divergent Creativity | Co-Creation, Design for Imperiled People: Humanizing Environments, and Measuring the Return on Investment Through Post-Occupancy Evaluations

Under Duress: Leveraging Design to Foster Mindfulness in High Stress Emergency Departments

Project Overview: This study will identify design strategies for creating effective environments for healthcare professionals working in emergency departments (ED), specifically design attributes that support mindfulness and stress management practices. A virtual mock-up of an ED setting will be evaluated by ED staff to understand supportive and inhibitory environmental attributes.

Research Team: University of Florida – Dr. Shabboo Valipoor & Dr. Sheila Bosch

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Investigating Art + Design Incubators as Places of Co-creation

Project Overview: This case study of Ratcliffe Incubator in Miami will analyze spatial and functional affordances using a mixed method technique consisting of experiential sampling and activity mapping, and examine the extent to which they facilitate or disrupt co-creation. A set of design guidelines for this emerging place-type will be developed.

Research Team: Florida International University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Steelcase Inc. & Ratcliffe Incubator of Art + Design – Dr. Newton D’Souza & Dr. Asha Kutty (Collaborators & Advisory: Julia Melhauser, Genevieve Janelle & Sudhakar Lahade; Jacek J. KolasiƄski & Eduardo Arteaga)

Post-Occupancy Engagement: Exploring Augmented Reality Technology as a Tool for Assessing and Enhancing Effectiveness of Building Design Strategies

Project Overview: This study will pilot an innovative methodology using augmented reality (AR) technology to assess effectiveness of building design strategies intended to enhance occupant learning, creativity, and health/well-being for a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) of a new LEED-Gold academic incubator facility.

Research Team: Colorado State University & Nancy Richardson Design Center – Dr. Leah Scolere & Dr. Laura Malinin

Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluations - a Means for Contributing to Positive Outcomes

Project Overview: This study will establish an evidence-based methodology for completion of a Pre-/Post-Occupancy evaluation tool that compares desired outcomes with performance outcomes and measures outcomes that can be tied to return on investment (ROI) based upon building occupant data as it relates to the built environment.

Research Team: JSR Associates, Inc., RAD Consultants & Baylor University – Jane Rohde & Dr. Debra Harris

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