The EDR Research Fellowship program seeks to push forward our understanding of key issues affecting the design and performance of buildings and urban projects, while offering gifted individuals within a few years of graduation the chance to explore issues free from day-to-day project production deadlines while embedded in an architectural practice and collaborating with design teams. Fellows have the opportunity to interact with ongoing projects within the firm in order to test and vet their research, generating feedback loops for continued learning and refinement. The Fellows are expected to share what they have learned with the firm and with the design profession.
2016 | A CIVIL LANDSCAPE | Samantha Cohen and Issac Cohen
How can architectural practice orchestrate the integration of civil and landscape design from opposite ends of the development process towards the center, so that soils, hydrology, structure, social and living systems work together to make better buildings and cities? How can the urban spaces between buildings be designed to be simultaneously socially and environmentally performative? What new tools can empower this integration of civility, conviviality, social and ecological health?
2015 | HEALTH IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT | Marina Michael
The focus of the 2015/2016 Fellowship was to conduct applied research in the field of health—informing design and materials choices to promote the health of those who live and work in buildings and communities. The focus on health offered a huge range of potential topics for research, including but not limited to indoor environments, materials, health care design, biophilia, and active design.
The fellowship resulted in in-firm programs to improve materials choices and the Materials Petal Database, a website that collects materials lists from previous LBC projects. Other explorations and a summary of the year’s research can be found in the Health in the Built Environment book, linked above.
2014 | COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT | Matt Kleinmann and Nicole Joslin
The focus of the 2014/2015 Community Engagement Fellowship was to conduct applied research to explore the breadth of tools and formats that are available to designers to conduct meaningful public outreach around architectural and urban place making projects. Nearly every design project involves some form of community engagement. Typical public outreach strategies often rely on the public meeting as a forum for decision-making. Today, in an increasingly global and digital era, more opportunities for sustained dialogue and long-term buy-in for planning and design projects are emerging. Public process participants ideally become champions of the project through implementation and ongoing governance.
This fellowship established the Day of Service, which was highlighted in Architectural Record in December 2015.
2013 | RESILIENCE | Marissa Campos
The focus of the 2013/2014 Resilience Fellowship was to perform quantitative and qualitative research, documentation, and analysis related to resilience in the New Orleans region and beyond. Resilience is not only a descriptive term; it is a paradigm, requiring foresight and broad societal understanding and support. The concept of resilience has assumed greater prominence in a world more interconnected, more urbanized, and yet more fragile than ever.
The work informed preparations for New Orleans to host Greenbuild 2014, multiple conference presentations, and finally resulted in a resiliency framework book.
2012 | SUSTAINABILITY | Corey Squire and Cruz Crawford
The focus of the 2012/2013 Sustainability Fellowship was to perform quantitative research, documentation, and analysis related to environmental controls and building performance on built works within the firm’s portfolio and in the greater collection of works in the New Orleans region. This fellowship kick-started many of the sustainability initiatives within the firm, including the Sustainability Action Plan.
Among their many accomplishments, the fellows established a “Book of Fundamentals” to guide the firm’s sustainability decisions and started many post-occupancy measures that continue today.