The lab has partnered with a number of local and international organizations to complete projects that optimize the inclusion of building occupants’, and community members’, attitudes and behaviors in the design cycle.

Island Health

Our team has received two Collaborative Research grants from VIHA's Research and Capacity Building Department to complete projects with Island Health staff working in the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and in the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC. Using different methods and variables, both projects investigate the extent to which recent sustainable design alterations to parts of each hospital (e.g., biophilic mural instalments; circadian lighting programmes) affect staff experiences at work.

School District 61

The lab has won a Research, Scholarly activity, and Curriculum Development grant from VIU to complete a follow-up study concerning teachers’ reactions to the learning commons model in BC secondary schools.  Dr. McCunn published results from three initial studies with School District 63 in 2013 and is now continuing this line of inquiry by making design recommendations to transition traditional secondary school libraries to learning commons and measuring how teachers perceive their levels of professional collaboration, productivity, and engagement at work.

McCunn, L. J., & Gifford, R. (2015). Teachers’ reactions to learning commons in secondary schools. Journal of Library Administration, 55, 435-458.

McCunn, L. J. (2017). Surveying teachers’ responses to library design: Lessons from the learning commons model. In SAGE Research Methods Cases: Education.

University of Washington

The lab is working with faculty members and post-doctoral fellows in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle on a series of studies concerning the impacts of LED lighting programs on office employee satisfaction, perceived productivity, and controllability in the UW Tower on campus in Seattle, WA. These projects have been funded by UW’s Green Seed Fund grant program. Two of the three studies have been published in peer reviewed journals, one is under review, and two others are in preparation:

Kim, A., McCunn, L. J., & Lew, J. (2017). Successful facility change management practices for retrofit projects: A case study in lighting. Journal of Management in Engineering, 33, 1-8.

McCunn, L. J., Kim, A., & Lew, J. (2017). Office Workers’ Reactions to a Lighting Retrofit: Exploring Perceptions of Productivity, Controllability, and Affective Organizational Commitment. Journal of Energy Research and Social Science, 37, 154-164.

Kim, A., Wang, S., & McCunn, L. J. (Under review). Building value proposition for human-centred lighting systems in the workplace: Combining energy and occupant perspectives.

This work has been presented at the following conferences:

McCunn, L. J., Kim, A., & Lew, J. (July, 2018). Office building occupants' responses to an advanced human-centered, technology-driven lighting system.Poster presented at the National Institutes of Health in buildings (HiBR) roundtable conference, Bethesda, MD (as HiBR Scholars). 

Kim, A., McCunn, L. J., Wang, S., & Prozuments, A. (Upcoming in January, 2019). Psychoacoustical Research Pertaining to the Healthy Workspaces. Presenting at the InternationalWorkshop on Putting Sustainability into Convergence: Connecting Data, People, and Systems, Singapore.

The lab and the team at UW have also collaborated on a successful grant application to the National Science Foundation for a RAPID Grant (Award ID: 1852995) to measure building occupants' perceptions of indoor and outdoor air quality during seasons of severe small particulate accumulation from wildfires. This research is currently underway.  

Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, the James Irvine Foundation, the University of Washington Tacoma and Rutgers University

With generous support from the James Irvine Foundation, the lab has teamed up with criminal justice faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma, business faculty at Rutgers University, and a not-for-profit architecture and design organization called Designing Justice + Designing Spaces to evaluate a “pop-up resource village” for its effectiveness in affecting place-making and community engagement in a diverse San Francisco neighbourhood.

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