Joe Manganelli, Architect, Human Factors Consultant


  • Architect, Human Factors Consultant, Innovation Catalyst, Sustainability Consultant, Fluor Enterprises, Inc., Life Sciences & Advanced Manufacturing (LS&AM) Division
  • Part-Time Faculty (Information Architecture & User Experience Research & Design), Kent State University School of Information (iSchool) UXD Graduate Program
  • Human Factors Consultant, xplr design, llc




My goal is improving the capacity of the built environment to enhance human health, well-being and cognition. I am an architect and human factors consultant. My research engages architecture, cognitive science, human factors, systems science, and evolutionary biology.  I develop constructs, methods, and tools for placing and analyzing the performance of agents (people, buildings, other organisms, hardware, software) within a shared representational framework.  I am an architect, human factors consultant, innovation catalyst, and sustainability consultant with Fluor in its Life Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing division. I teach information architecture and user experience research and design for Kent State University’s School of Information. I am the founder of xplr design, a human factors consultancy.  I am a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences’ buildingSMART Alliance Thought Leadership & Information Standards Subcommittees, and a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Systems Development, Environmental Design, Macroergonomics, and Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Technical Groups, serving as Newsletter Editor for the Environmental Design Technical Group. I am a co-author on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Internet-of-Things-Enabled Smart-City Framework, a past volunteer co-chair of the USGBC-SC MLAB, and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship studying distracted driving at CU-ICAR.

My project experience at Fluor includes the following:
– CSL Behring (architectural building information modeling (BIM) and technical detailing)
– Procter & Gamble (architectural BIM, technical detailing, and rendering)
– Novo Nordisk (architectural BIM, rendering, room criteria sheets, egress studies, LEED AP)

I have approximately eleven years of architectural experience focused on industrial, K-12, and higher education market sectors. Architectural experience includes:
– feasibility studies,
– project scope definition,
– program definition,
– budget estimating,
– client interaction,
– code assessments,
– sustainable design consulting,
– code compliance,
– rendering/visualization,
– project management,
– conceptual design,
– design development,
– construction documents,
– technical specifications,
– construction administration.

I have approximately seven years of human factors and systems research experience focused on research studies with human subjects, website/software information architecture and user experience research and analysis, systems modeling, and requirements definition for complex, interactive systems. Human factors and systems research experience includes:
– heuristic evaluations,
– persona development,
– market research/analysis,
– task analysis,
– cognitive work analysis,
– card sorting (open and closed),
– interviewing (structured, semi-structured, unstructured, contextual inquiry),
– delphi method assessments,
– Kano modeling/analysis,
– survey design/administration/analysis,
– design structure matrix (DSM) analysis,
– blueprinting,
– wireframing,
– basic statistical quantitative analysis (using spreadsheets and SPSS),
– qualitative assessments,
– research design,
– requirements elicitation,
– requirements definition,
– requirements validation,
– grant writing,
– managing federally funded research studies,
– software/software tool development,
– studies on distracted driving, wayfinding in complex indoor environments, and design/development of interactive/assistive patient technologies.



  • an accredited professional degree in architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) from Auburn University, a
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Auburn University,
  • a Master of Science in Applied Psychology with Human Factors focus from Clemson University,
  • and a PhD in Planning, Design, and the Built Environment from Clemson University.



Prior to joining Fluor, I completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CUICAR) working as a human factors researcher on a federally funded study of the effects of distracted driving on driving performance. I have also conducted a research study on wayfinding in complex indoor environments, a study on developing design methods and tools, several needs analysis, UXD, and usability studies, have collaborated on several other research studies on use of overbed tables and nightstands in hospitals, and have worked on building design and construction as a designer and as a contractor since about 2000.