Integrated design firm LPA Inc., based in Irvine, Calif., has formed an exclusive partnership with education research consultant Dr. Julie Zoellin Cramer, founder of Wayfind Education, to develop new strategies for research and analysis to design more effective education and work environments. The collaboration expands LPA’s industry-leading initiative to increase the use of research and performance data in the design process. Earlier this year, LPA launched LPAred, a research team focused on examining how design impacts end users, communities and the environment. Dr. Cramer is a passionate advocate for using dynamic research to support better learning experiences and environments for students. She was founding deputy director for the Institute of Entrepreneurship in Education, a non-profit research based center based the University of San Diego. Wayfind Education was created to influence and engage the education field to connect learning approaches with a physical learning space. In the newly established role of Learning Expertise Strategist, Dr. Cramer will work with LPAred to develop applied research centered on strengthening the alignment between the student experience and the built environment. Dr. Cramer will work with LPA clients on a variety of levels, including master planning, educational visioning and conceptual design.