Through my studies and at my work at the Natural Learning Initiative I have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of design research projects. Most of the research involves pre- and post-occupancy evaluations using both qualitative surveys and quantitative evaluations of a place. The research supports the idea that design makes a measurable difference in people's experiences of places. The example below is of a series of research methods I conducted as a student. I have experience in behavior mapping, conducting surveys, analyzing data, and writing reports.
The images below are examples of research I participated in at the Natural Learning Initiative. Specifically, the method illustrated is behavior mapping - a method of calculating how the built environment of a playground affects children's physical activity. The first photograph is of myself, collecting data at a child care center playground, before the design intervention. The charts and maps illustrate the compiled data collected by our team both before and after design renovation. The final image is a quote from one of the directors of a participating child care center about the impact of the project and renovation on their center and children.