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Environmental Design Research Association to hold annual conference in Oklahoma City

Tue, August 29, 2017

When the Environmental Design Research Association holds its annual conference in Oklahoma City, Design, Housing and Merchandising Assistant Professor Tilanka Chandrasekera will have helped organize the international event as co-chair. The conference is set for June 6-9, 2018, at the Renaissance Center in downtown Oklahoma City. 

This year’s conference’s focus on Social Equity by Design: Designing Connections through Community, invites the participation of academics and practitioners interested in promoting democratic, equitable environmental design. It is being planned by a collaboration of faculty, students, and design professionals from OSU, OU, OCU and OU-Tulsa.

Chandrasekera said the conference will bring hundreds of attendees from 20 different countries to Oklahoma City and local design and development professionals are encouraged to attend EDRA 49.

“We want to make sure anyone involved in design knows about the Oklahoma City conference,” Chandreskera said. “It will be of great interest to architects, interior designers, landscape architects, community planners and students who are interested in these career areas. They will come away with ideas to apply to projects they are working on, and they will be able to receive professional continuing education credits.”

EDRA OKC conference

EDRA is an international, interdisciplinary organization founded in 1968 by design professionals, social scientists, students, educators, and facility managers interested in creating and protecting environments that were responsive to the needs of all human beings, with a particular eye for those who were usually underserved in society. 

Over the course of four-days in Oklahoma City, attendees and guests will present, share and engage in a productive critique of research findings carried out in academic and industry settings on a range of topics relating to improving the built and natural environments we interact with daily.

Throughout the conference, local and national experts will participate in round table discussions and interactive presentations focusing on their experiences in tackling Social Equity issues in communities around the world. An integral part of the conference will be site visits and tours of places of historical, political and social importance in the region. There will also be workshops during which conference participants, local leaders, and community members will seek to envision and co-create solutions to local issues. 

EDRA’s members have pioneered environment and behavior studies, evidence-based design, facility evaluation methods, sustainability, active living community planning, universal design, diversity in design, workplace design and informatics, and digital technologies all focused on improving understanding of the inter-relationships between people and their built and natural surroundings.