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Design and Environmental Analysis

Field Description

The Field of Design and Environmental Analysis brings together some of the world's leading experts in interior design, human factors and ergonomics, facility planning and management, and environmental psychology into a single field and department. Students benefit from a low faculty-to-student ratio and the faculty's integrated approach to the study of the planning, design, and management of the built environment and its effects on those using it.

Graduate students in DEA are admitted within one of three degree programs within the DEA Graduate Field: Masters of Art in Design, Masters of Science in Human Environment Relations or Ph.D. in Human Behavior and Design.

The M.A. degree is a two-year, post-professional degree program intended for students with an undergraduate degree in interior design, architecture, or product design who want to do advanced study and research in interior design. The program culminates in a formal research thesis in which students are encouraged to systemically develop and test research based design solutions, theories, and methods.

The M.S. program is intended for students with a wide variety of undergraduate degrees who want to study the relationship between people and their physical surroundings, some aspect of facility planning and management, or human factors.

The Ph.D. in Human Behavior and Design at Cornell University is a multidisciplinary program integrating the social sciences and design. Research focuses on environmental settings across a range of scales (from products to buildings to cities), that support safe, healthy and productive behaviors and foster sustainable design and lifestyles.

For more information, check the department web site.

Research opportunities:
Much of the research occurs in the field. The department also has a computer-aided design and facility management lab; human factors and ergonomics research labs; an art and environmental design gallery; and a wood workshop.


Contact Information

Website: http://dea.human.cornell.edu/
Email: deagrad@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-2168

Graduate Programs
1411 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

Design

  • interior design
  • sustainable design studies

Human Behavior and Design

  • human behavior and design

Human-Environment Relations

  • environmental psychology
  • facilities planning and management
  • human factors and ergonomics
  • sustainable design studies

Faculty

Sheila Danko - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Human Behavior and Design: human behavior and design; Design: interior design; sustainable design studies Research Interests: interior design; creative problem solving; design education; design process and methods; (Note: Not accepting new students retiring December 2017)
John R Elliott - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Design: interior design; sustainable design studies; Human-Environment Relations: sustainable design studies Research Interests: sustainable interior design; sustainable product design; eco-design theory
Concentrations: Human-Environment Relations: environmental psychology ; human factors and ergonomics; Human Behavior and Design: human behavior and design Research Interests: environmental psychology; environmental stressors; children's environments; poverty
Concentrations: Design: interior design Research Interests: interior design; computer-aided design and analysis; design education; design history
Keith E. Green - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Human-Environment Relations: environmental psychology ; human factors and ergonomics; Human Behavior and Design: human behavior and design; Design: interior design Research Interests: the design, prototyping, and evaluation of interactive and intelligent environments (architectural robotics) augmenting the healthcare, creativity, learning and literacy, working life, disaster relief, and mass urbanization of an increasingly digital society.
Alan Hedge - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Human-Environment Relations: environmental psychology ; human factors and ergonomics; sustainable design studies; Human Behavior and Design: human behavior and design Research Interests: human factors and ergonomics; indoor air quality; thermal environment, lighting; acoustics (Note: Not accepting new students retiring June 2019)
Ying Hua - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Human-Environment Relations: environmental psychology ; facilities planning and management; human factors and ergonomics; sustainable design studies; Human Behavior and Design: human behavior and design Research Interests: workplace design for collaboration effectiveness; green building and sustainable development; workplace health and productivity; post-occupancy evaluation
Concentrations: Human-Environment Relations: environmental psychology ; facilities planning and management; human factors and ergonomics; Human Behavior and Design: human behavior and design Research Interests: environmental psychology; children's environments; environments for special populations; facility programming (Note: Not accepting new students retiring December 2019)
Concentrations: Human-Environment Relations: environmental psychology Research Interests: human development over the life course; family and social relationships in middle age and beyond; intergenerational relations in later life; relationships of family members with long-term care facilities; older people and environmental sustainability; intervention research and policy analysis related to aging and health care
Concentrations: Human-Environment Relations: environmental psychology ; sustainable design studies; Human Behavior and Design: human behavior and design; Design: interior design; sustainable design studies Research Interests: healthcare environments, translational research, global design research, behavioral health facility research
Nancy M. Wells - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Human-Environment Relations: environmental psychology ; sustainable design studies; Human Behavior and Design: human behavior and design; Design: sustainable design studies Research Interests: environmental psychology; housing research, elderly housing, relationship to natural environments
So-Yeon Yoon - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Human-Environment Relations: environmental psychology ; human factors and ergonomics; Human Behavior and Design: human behavior and design; Design: interior design Research Interests: design computing, visual simulation, environmental psychology, creative design problem solving
Rana Sagha Zadeh - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Human-Environment Relations: environmental psychology ; facilities planning and management; human factors and ergonomics; Human Behavior and Design: human behavior and design; Design: interior design; sustainable design studies Research Interests: evidence-based design, human factors in sustainable design, financial effects of environmental quality, post-occupancy evaluation, spatial analysis, high-performance buildings, day-lighting