Current information technology has allowed many fields to benefit from “big data” analysis in their optimization of resources. However, design fields are somewhat lacking in this area, due to the difficulty of obtaining quantitative data about human responses to design and the tremendous investment required to construct and test new architectural ideas. This study has the potential to provide designers, educators, and psychologists with an important toolset for evaluating the relationship between architectural form and human experience. We are interested in collaborating on your design research projects on evaluating the human outcome of your design innovations in the design process as well as after the occupancy by these two emerging-technology inspired toolsets:
Digital Design Evaluation Toolset through Biometric Data and Virtual Response Testing
This toolset provides a platform for immersing study participants in virtual designs and measuring their brain responses to these environments. This method delivers a practical toolset to test the potential human impacts of design innovations. The research responds to a growing call in the field for evidence-based design and for an inexpensive means of evaluating the potential human effects of new designs.
Smart Post-Occupancy Evaluation Toolset through a Network of Sensors
By making use of cutting-edge technology to gather extensive data sets, this toolset provides a more rigorous post-occupancy evaluation of built environment. Design innovations can be evaluated based on the data emerging from the real-time use of the building. This systematic method of post-occupancy evaluation enables us to provide more decisive conclusions regarding design ideas that so far have only been tested through limited or anecdotal evidence. It also reduces the complexity and duration of post-occupancy studies.