The AIA Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community (HCD) is a network of architects and allied stakeholders that promotes equity in housing, excellence in residential design, and sustainable, vibrant communities for all, through education, research, awards, and advocacy.
Housing and Community Development architects use a variety of formal and informal methods to evaluate the success of their projects. In this webinar, Prof. Christina Bollo will present the most common and the most innovative techniques for assessing how well a building performs for the wellbeing of its residents. The content for this webinar was created through multiple interviews with award-winning housing architects across the United States, as well as an anonymous survey, supported by the 2020 HCD Architectural Impact Research Grant. Though all respondents expressed the desire to do more to evaluate their projects, they shared inventive and efficient ways to use the time and resources they have. The common theme and key concept revealed through this practice-oriented research is the notion of “feed-forward” mechanism for evaluation. The presentation will focus on such proactive means that mitigate the barriers of post-occupancy evaluation.