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Kent Spreckelmeyer Wins Environmental Design Research Association Career Award

LAWRENCE – The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) has honored Kent Spreckelmeyer, Professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design, with the 2022 EDRA Career Award in recognition of his sustained contributions and important to environmental research, practice and design. education.

The Career Award is given to EDRA members who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to furthering the organization’s mission, which is to generate knowledge for the informed creation of environments that meet diverse human needs. A member since 1979, Spreckelmeyer was announced as this year’s recipient of the award at EDRA’s annual conference, which took place June 1-4 in Greenville, South Carolina.

In addition to promoting the group’s mission during his membership, Spreckelmeyer served as co-chair of the organizing committee for the 2009 EDRA conference in Kansas City, Missouri, and a member of the editorial board for its proceedings. To further support EDRA’s mission, he has been active on the boards of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) and the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has also served on the editorial boards of academic journals focused on studies of environmental behavior and design of healthcare facilities, including Health Environments Research and Design Journal, Journal of Architectural Education, Environment and Behavior, and Journal of Architectural and PlanningResearch.

Since 1981, Spreckelmeyer has taught courses in design, architectural programming, building evaluation and research methods. His research focuses primarily on the relationship between human well-being and the built environment.

During his career, he has pioneered evidence-based design and environmental behavior research, investigating design approaches to improve human health in spaces such as healthcare settings. , workplaces and school buildings. This work has been published in numerous books, journals and presentations.

Many of his contributions to health care design are now American Hospital Association standards. His work has received numerous awards from the AIA and the healthcare industry. He also received a 2009 WT Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching for recognition of his work in the classroom, studio, and in graduate seminars.

At KU, Spreckelmeyer was instrumental in developing the school’s professional Master of Architecture program in the late 1990s and the Doctor of Philosophy program in 2007. During his tenure, he helped make from KU a leader in healthcare design education. He co-founded the KU Institute of Health + Wellness Design and the Health & Wellness Internship Program. Since 2009, more than 200 graduates of this program have become industry leaders in healthcare design.