Transform Research Grant Program


Interior design transforms environments in ways that improve human outcomes. Interior designers are ethically, socially, and environmentally responsible professional who design, renovate, and provide design services that transform built environments. The ASID Foundation is proud to recognize all of the Transform grant recipients and their work below.


Personalized Learning, Personalized Place: How Design Can Enhance Learning, and Overall Wellbeing, To Support the One-Size-Fits-One Learning Model

Project Overview: A sensory design lab prototype fitted with environmental and human behavior sensors will be pilot-tested at a high school to study human response to interior design elements in a carefully controlled and measured environment. This portable lab can be installed in different learning environments to assess how students reconfigure personalized learning environments and how interacting with interior design elements can result in human outcomes. 

Research Team: Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation, HKS, Inc., Dallas Independent School District, and Herman Miller

From Learning Commons to Learning Communities: Examining the Role of Mixed-Use Learning Zones in Millennial Education

Project Overview: A multi-case study will be conducted to better understand mixed-use learning zones that blur the boundaries between commons and classrooms to support diverse stakeholder needs (students, instructors, and staff) while encouraging informal social collision and catalytic learning interactions at all scales. The evidence-based design guidelines developed from this research will help educators and designers successfully implement these spaces in practice.

Research Team: University of Florida 

Stand Up to Work

Project Purpose: This study seeks to assess the impact of adjustable workstations on employee health and wellness, perceived stress and sedentary behavior, and the sustainability of observed behavioral changes.

Research Team: Center for Active Design, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Steelcase, Perkins+Will



3C Design - Tools for Designing Connected, Collaborative, and Creative Workplaces

Project Purpose: This study seeks to identify critical evidence-based design parameters and to develop guidelines for strategic decision-makers who want to create 3C (Connected, Collaborative, and Creative) workplaces that support an organizational culture of innovation.

Research Team: Cornell University - So-Yeon Yoon, Ph.D., ASID, Alan Hedge, Ph.D., Sheila Danko

Funding for the Transform Research Grant program is made possible by the Donghia Foundation.


Key Performance Indicators of Knowledge Workplace Design Promoting Knowledge Worker Performance and Economic Competitiveness

Project Purpose: This study seeks to develop a comprehensive online evaluation tool that analyzes the performance of the physical work environment in relation to the measures of innovation and economic competitiveness in knowledge-intensive organizations.

Research Team: Michigan State University - Young S. Lee, Ph.D., LEED AP ID+C, Allied ASID, Isilay Civan, M.Sc., Ph.D., LEED AP O+M, SFP, GGP, GPCP, Matthew Schottenfeld, NAB, Martha de Plazaola Abbott, LEED AP BD+C, AIA, Laverne Deckert

Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Project Overview: This research team developed a neuro–considerate environmental design model that suggests guidelines for the design of residential and work environments to accommodate the various needs of aging adults with intellectual developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder.

Research Team: Texas Tech University - Kristi S. Gaines, Ph.D., Angela Bourne, Ph.D., Debajyoti Pati, Ph.D.





Evidence-based Study of the Efficacy of a Daylight-Matching LED Luminaire in a Residence for Homeless Men

Project Purpose: This study seeks to determine the effectiveness of two alterations in lighting (red light at night and solar day-mimicking LED light cycle in combination with red light at night) on the health and well-being of homeless men housed in a residential facility managed by Project HOME. 

Research Team: Drexel University in collaboration with Project HOME - Donald L. McEachron, Ph.D., Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Ph.D., AIA, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Ph.D




Developing a Standard Evidence-based Patient Room Interior Design Checklist and Evaluation Tool

Project Overview: The Center for Health Design (CHD) developed a standard evidence-based tool that interior designers can use for applying research to healthcare design projects and to conduct post occupancy evaluation for three types of hospital patient rooms: 

  • adult medical-surgical
  • adult intensive car
  • ematernity care (labor delivery recovery [LDR]/ labor delivery recovery postpartum [LDRP])

Research Team: The Center for Health Design - Xiaobo Quan, Ph.D., EDAC, Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., Catherine Ancheta

Healthy Building Network / Building Green – Materials Research Collaborative

Project Overview: The Healthy Building Network and Building Green advanced the Materials Research Collaborative research agenda on interior finish products for building products specifiers to be informed with unbiased, up-to-date information about chemical hazards, practical product evaluations and comparisons, and recommendations about the healthfulness of widely-used building products via the Pharos online database and analysis system.

Research Team: Healthy Building Network & Building Green