Pathways to Post Occupancy Evaluation helps architects to embed project evaluation into their work. Published by the RIBA, the guidance challenges the low take-up of post occupancy evaluation in architecture. It argues that evaluation is critical to closing the gap between design intent and outcomes, and vital in evidencing the value of good design.
- Improved building design and performance
- Strengthened reputation and brand
- Reduced risk
- Collaborative working
- Shared learning
The report provides a summary of approaches to evaluation. These include methods that explore the links between building design and a range of outcomes including:
- Energy use
- Building running costs
- Business reputation and brand
- Student learning
- Employee satisfaction and productivity
- Patient well-being
The report is illustrated by nine case studies featuring built projects that have been evaluated, and methodologies that have been successfully applied in practice.
- Social impact: Maggie’s, Nottingham by CZWG
- Business efficiency: Morelands, London by AHMM
- Collective learning: New Art Exchange, Nottingham by Hawkins\Brown
- User experience: Lordship Eco-Hub, London by Anne Thorne Architects
- Environmental performance: Foundry Studios, London by Cullinan Studio
- Designing with care: Hospice designs by JDDK Architects
- The value of sustainable design: Cheshire Oaks M&S, Elsemere Port by Aukett Swanke
- Learning spaces: Wilkinson Primary School, Wolverhampton by Architype
- Universal evaluation: Sustainable Investment Policy by URBED
Download the guidance for free here.