About Us

Publisher and Senior Editor:

Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing environmental psychologist, an internationally recognized expert on person-centered design, and a principal at Design With Science (www.designwithscience.com).  She has extensive experience using rigorous protocols to integrate insights from environmental/design psychology, other social/physical sciences, and project specific research to develop places, objects, and services that support desired experiences.  Her clients include manufacturers, service providers, and design firms in North America, Europe, and Asia. Sally is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

As the editor of Research Design Connections, she has written widely on science-based design for a broad audience of design professionals and those interested in the designed world. Her Research Design Connections blog is read by thousands of individuals each month. 

Sally’s work has been discussed in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Huffington Post/StylistHome, Psychology Today, Prevention, Salon, and Self and in periodicals as diverse as the Chicago Tribune, Natural Home, Gizmodo, and interior design publications in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  Augustin writes regular columns for Huffington Post/Stylist Home and OfficeInsight.  She is a popular online contributor to Psychology Today. Sally also writes a column titled “Places That Work” for the electronic edition of Metropolis and is an invited contributor to the online version of the Harvard Business Review. She has discussed using design to enhance lives on mass-market national television and radio programs.

She holds leadership positions in professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association (past president, environmental psychology division), the International Association of Applied Psychology (environmental psychology division), and the Environmental Design Research Association.  She speaks frequently to audiences in North America, Europe, and Asia at events such as the annual meeting of the American Institute of Architects, Healthcare Design, Living-Futures, the International Design & Emotion Conference, the International Positive Psychology Association, the international NeoCon furnishings conference, the Environmental Design Research Association annual conference, and Applied Brilliance.

Sally is a graduate of Wellesley College (BA), Northwestern University (MBA), and Claremont Graduate University (PhD).  She is the author of Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture (Wiley, 2009) and, with Cindy Coleman, The Designer’s Guide to Doing Research:  Applying Knowledge to Inform Design (Wiley, 2012).


RDC Founder:

Jean Marie Cackowski-Campbell, ASLA, has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the Ohio State University, as well as a breadth of business and management experience. She was the managing editor of the Journal of Landscape Planning for three years, and has a continuing interest in landscape and urban planning issues. Cackowski-Campbell began Research Design Connections and founded the Research Design Connections column in Landscape Architecture magazine.  She continues to consult on Research Design Connections.

Editorial Board:

Research Design Connections has had an exceptional editorial board, composed of career practitioners and researchers who have a keen interest in increasing the link between research and practice.

Robert (Bob) Bechtel taught at the University of Arizona for over 25 years. His latest project is an environmental psychology textbook. He was the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Environment and Behavior. Dr. Bechtel’s research interests included housing, space travel, remote communities, and environmental attitudes.

Sheila Danko has a multi-disciplinary design background with formal training in architecture and industrial, graphic, and interior design. She is a member of the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research and a former Associate Editor for The Journal of Interior Design. She is an associate professor at Cornell University and does research in the areas of leadership, creative problem-solving, and design education, with emphasis on how an understanding of design can lead to innovative leadership in a variety of disciplines.

Mark Francis, FASLA, is a professor and past chair of the landscape architecture department at the University of California, Davis where he founded and directed the Center for Design Research for twenty years. He works at the intersections of landscape architecture, environmental psychology, geography, art, and urban design to explore the design and meaning of built and natural places. His work is concerned with the theory and design of urban and community landscapes. Francis is a founding partner of CoDesign/MIG and associate editor of the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. He is a co-editor of The Meaning of Gardens (1992), which was selected as one of the best garden books by The New York Times and is widely used as a text in architecture, landscape architecture and humanities classes.

Jack Nasar is a professor of city and regional planning in the School of Architecture at The Ohio State University and the editor of the Journal of Planning Literature. Dr. Nasar is the author of several books, including The Evaluative Image of the City, Design by Competition, Designing for Designers and Visual Quality by Design. His areas of interest include crime prevention through design, visual preferences, and architectural programming.

Roberta Null was awarded the University of Southern California Morton Kesten Summit Award of Excellence in Universal Design Education. Dr. Null, the first recipient of this award, was honored for being a leading professional in the field of universal interior design. Her contributions to the field include authoring a well-known text, Universal Design: Creative Solutions for ADA Compliance from Professional Publications, consulting, and lecturing. She has traveled to Korea and Japan where the importance of universal design is widely recognized. Null has served on the faculty at Purdue and San Diego State universities teaching housing and interior design courses. She is retired from the University of Miami of Ohio and now owns Common Place Design in Whittier, California.

Wolfgang Preiser is a professor of architecture at the University of Cincinnati. He has over 30 years of experience in teaching, research, consulting, and worldwide lecturing on topics including post-occupancy evaluation, facility programming, and universal design. Dr. Preiser has published 16 books including the second edition of his Universal Design Handbook.

Robert L. Ryan, ASLA, is an associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His current research interests include environmental psychology and landscape planning. He is the co-author with Rachel and Stephen Kaplan of the award-winning book, With People in Mind: Design and Management of Everyday Nature.

Henry Sanoff, AIA, is a distinguished professor of architecture at North Carolina State University and an architectural design consultant. In 1969 he wasas one of the founders of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). His research has concentrated in the areas of social housing, children's environments, community arts, aging populations, and community participation. Professor Sanoff is widely published and well known for his many books including Creating Environments for Young Children, School Design, Visual Research Methods in Design, Participatory Design: Theory and Techniques, and Methods of Architectural Programming.

Robert (Bob) Sommer was a distinguished professor of psychology emeritus at the University of California, Davis, where he has chaired four departments (psychology, environmental design, rhetoric and communication, and art). Dr. Sommer published several books including A Practical Guide to Behavioral Research and Social Design.

Shauna Stallworth is principal and creative director of her own Washington, DC-based architectural/interior design firm, Stallworth Studios. A designer with more than 15 years of experience in interior design and architecture, she leads an award-winning firm that has designed projects for commercial, financial, institutional and retail clients. She is also Executive Director of the Organization of Black Designers (OBD), a multidisciplinary, multicultural, international design organization dedicated to the visibility, promotion and empowerment of designers of color.

J. William Thompson, FASLA, is a past editor of Landscape Architecture. He is the coauthor of Sustainable Landscape Construction. In 2001, he received the Bradford Williams Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for his writing on landscape architecture.

Jacqueline Vischer was the director of the interior design program at the University of Montreal, where she was also a professor. Dr. Vischer founded the New Work Environments Research Group at the University of Montreal. She has extensive consulting experience and has directed architecture and planning projects in the USA and Canada. Vischer has published several books, the latest of which is Space Meets Status: Designing Workplace Performance.

Willem van Vliet– teaches in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado, where he is the director of the doctoral program in Design and Planning and the editor of The Encyclopedia of Housing. Van Vliet is founder and director of the Children, Youth and Environments Center for Research and Design at the University of Colorado and lead editor of Children Youth and Environments Journal. He hass a special interest in planning and design as participatory processes that include the voices of children, youth, and other populations whose interests tend to be overlooked in community development.

Sue Weidemann is President of BOSTI Associates and an environmental psychologist. For the past 25 years, she has studied the relationships between people and the places and spaces they use. Dr. Weidemann has authored or co-authored more than 40 articles, book chapters, and reports. In addition, six of her projects have received a total of eight national awards or other recognitions for applied research. Her work quantifies and measures the effects of workplace design on the satisfaction and productivity of office workers. She co-authored Disproving Widespread Myths about Workplace Design with Michael Brill and the BOSTI Associates.