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Architecture Faculty Present Papers at the 52nd Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association

Architecture faculty presented work at this year’s Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). Entitled “Just Environments,” the conference was hosted by University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University, but presented virtually. The presentations spanned the department’s strengths in teaching, research, engagement, and practice.

Work presented included:

Rob Williams presented “Redevelopment of 95 Cranston Street: Innovative Models for Sustainable Urban Development” about the award-winning mixed use development that leveraged a unique develop/design/build business model to deliver affordable housing in Providence, RI.

Joseph Krupczynksi and Caryn Brause presented “El Corazón: Pursuing Inclusive and Just Strategies to Promote Sense of Belonging,” which described strategies for inclusive project partnerships and strategies to build community capacity for arts and culture programming, both part of their work on El Corazón project in Holyoke, Mass.

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Top, left to right: Rob Williams and Carey Clouse. 
Bottom, left to right: Caryn Brause and Joseph Krupczynksi

Carey Clouse shared two projects, “Documenting the Underground Railroad in our Backyard,” which described the beginning stages of a student-led project in Florence and “Choice Parents and Housing Choices” which shared interviews conducted during the pandemic to identify housing needs for parenting.

Caryn Brause presented “Partnering with Practitioners to Investigate K-12 Learning Environments,” which shared insights from a collaborative research seminar conducted with Dorrie Brooks, principal of Jones Whitsett Architects.