Martin & Guerin Design Research - Influencing the future of design


Recent work

Design Research

Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Richard Graves, Director and Associate Professor


  • Sustainable Post-Occupancy Evaluation Survey (SPOES), 25+ surveys using IEQ analysis, 2014-present
  • B3 Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Guideline Revision Literature Review; lighting, indoor air quality, acoustics, and wayfinding, 2017-2018
  • B3 IEQ Guideline Revision, Final Draft Review, June 2018

Donaldson Company, Inc., Bloomington, MN

Bill Coldwell, Facility Development and Asset Manager

Project Context: Donaldson Company, Inc. International Headquarters Campus, 2018

  • Pre-design and post-occupancy evaluations including extensive investigation of campus, building, and workstation impacts on employees including privacy, ergonomics, lighting and branding/image and corporate goal perceptions.

MSR, Minneapolis, MN

Susan T. Morgan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Project Context: Development of a holistic, generative approach to post-occupancy evaluations, 2018

  • Research consulting: project framing approach; process, protocols, and ethics advice; literature review and source recommendations; project development and draft recommendations

Collaborative Design Group, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

Bill Hickey, AIA, CID, LEED®-AP, Principal

Project Context: NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, North Minneapolis, MN; Hennepin County, 2016

  • Extensive literature review (250 source, 53, topic areas), person-centered behavioral mapping observations, patient/client interviews, and peer-level focus groups for a healthcare organization campus expansion and renovation

Workplace Transformation Facilitation (WTF), Portland, Maine

Lisa Whited, NCIDQ, MS, Principal

Project Context: International Manufacturer’s Workplace Headquarters, Southern United States

  • Pre-design indoor environmental quality (IEQ) occupant survey of 900+ office workers across 10 buildings (primarily engineers, plus administration, IT, finance, and human resources), 2015

Project Context: Law Office, 2014

  • Transforming pre- and post-occupancy data into useable information for client presentation

LHB, Inc., St. Paul, MN

Rick Carter, FAIA, LEED Project Leader

Project Context: LHB's architecture and design offices, 2014-2015

  • Pre- and post-occupancy evaluations

Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

Holly Mattson, Executive Director, CIDA


  • Global Interior Design Education Initiative; two phases, 2014-2015

Design Research Education

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Virginia Chapter, Williamsburg, VA

Sharlyn Thacker, CID, ASID, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, Chapter Administrator

Continuing Education: Implementing Evidence-Based Design (EBD) as a Design Approach, 2018

  • Rating: Six (6) contact hours of HS&W educational instruction; interactive, advanced level
  • Course approval: Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC): CEU-104380-R1
  • Audience: interior designers, architects, design students

Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Richard Graves, Director and Associate Professor

Continuing Education: B3 Buildings: What the Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) Process Contributes to Outcomes

  • Rating: Four (4) LUs (i.e., contact hours) of HS&W educational instruction
  • Course approval: American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Audience: architects, building owners/managers, interior designers

HOK, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Joe Pettipas, Director of Business Development

Continuing Education: HOK Toronto + Metropolis Think Tank, “How the Information Age is Changing Where and How We Work,” 2017

  • Coworking literature review (peer-reviewed sources), analysis, and interpretation
  • Audience: panel presentation to live and podcast audiences; designers and architects, manufacturers