VREVAL – About


Virtual Reality Evaluation (VREVAL) is a toolbox and evaluation framework to evaluate architecture and urban spaces.

The VREVAL VR toolbox and online platform has been developed for Architecture and Urban Design projects to be studied and evaluated easily using new technologies. While these types of studies have traditionally been performed after the completion of projects or with expensive mock-up construction,  VREVAL uses digital models in a virtual environment to investigate the usability of designs during the design process. Performing earlier design studies allows designers and planners to test their assumptions and answer research questions which produce better and more user-friendly projects.

VREVAL studies include will include questions about the user behaviour in and gather user opinions about the space.

The following methods can be conducted to answer research questions and hypotheses:

  • Annotation
  • Questionnaire
  • Wayfinding
  • AB-Test
  • Placing Task
  • Pointing Task (implementation pending)

The goal is to run pre-occupancy evaluations in virtual space. The evaluation should lead to a better understanding of how future users will use, participate in and move through architecture and urban space. This approach strengthens and supports the user-centered design method.


Further literature:

  • Ergonomics of human-system interaction – Part 210: 
    Human-centred design for interactive systems (ISO 9241-210:2019)
  • Evidence-Based Design for Multiple Building Types
    David H. Watkins, D. Kirk Hamilton, 2009

VREVAL Workflow

The evaluation is built up and managend through the VREVAL online Platform (website). The website and services must be accessed with the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar VPN. Please register a new account, if you have not registered before.

The following points should be considered before running a VREVAL study.

  • development of a digital model,
  • participant locations (positions) in the digital model,
  • development of a research question, hypothesis or goal,
  • choice of evaluation methods to answer the research question, hypothesis or gathering information in order to reach a goal,
  • analysis of the evaluation results,
  • answer to the research question, hypothesis (check if goal is reached),
  • formulate a conclusion and outlook.


The following steps will explain how to create and run a VREVAL evaluation.

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