Sue Weidemann, PhD
Researcher and Data Analyst
Sue Weidemann, PhD, is an environmental psychologist who, for over 35 years, has studied the relationships between people and the places and spaces they use, through her research, teaching, and consulting.
Prior to joining BOSTI Associates in 1994, Weidemann taught research-based design decision-making to Landscape Architecture, Architecture, and Planning students for 25 years at the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign. While there, she authored or coauthored more than 40 articles, book chapters, and reports. In addition, six of her team projects received eight national awards or recognition for applied research.
At BOSTI Associates, her work focused on the workplace, quantitatively measuring the effects of workplace design upon important business metrics such as job satisfaction, team performance, and the productivity of office workers. These measures allowed BOSTI to identify those qualities of the workplace that have the strongest effects on these business metrics, enabling the prioritization of aspects of the workplace which would lead to increased productivity and job satisfaction.
Since retiring BOSTI in 2007, Weidemann has done selective research on a part-time basis, collaborating with various firms and individuals. As well, she continues to review manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and professional organizations. She also occasionally serves on thesis or dissertation committees for students in various departments and universities. Additionally, she developed a continuing education course for IDCEC, in collaboration with Frank Lytle, of Transwall.
Weidemann joined the School of Architecture and Planning in 2011, serving as a senior consultant to the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access and a visiting professor in the Department of Architecture, where she both teaches and advises student research in Inclusive Design. She is a recipient of the 2014 Career Award from the Environmental Design Research Association in recognition of her “significant and lasting” contributions to environmental design research, practice, and teaching.