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The Evidence Is In
Research-intensive practice has been around for decades, but today an expanding corps of architects often working in technologically advanced niches or behind the scenes as consultants are honing their approach to evidence-based design. AN profiles five firms that have developed the special skills needed for a range of institutional projects, from rehabilitative centers for veterans to forensic laboratories and even high-performance churches.
Designed by SmithGroup architect Michael Mount, the 75-foot-long, 10-foot-wide firing range at the state crime lab in St. Paul, Minnesota, allows scientists to perform a range of ballistics tests.
Courtesy SmithGroup

Five firms are on the leading edge of creating purpose-driven, evidence-based design for a bevy of different uses. Here are profiles of each, with their respective expertise.

Performance/Worship, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander

Forensics, SmithGroup

Rehabilitation, HMC Architects

Justice, RicciGreene Architects

Aging, Perkins Eastman