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EBD Advocacy: Rigor & Research in Healthcare Design

For healthcare facilities managers and designers who want answers to their questions on Evidence-Based Design, there is a compendium that will raise issues you did not even know about.

Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA is a Professor of Architecture, Texas A&M University, a Founding Principal of WHR Architects, a board member of The Center for Health Design and an editor of HERD Journal. Kirk has published a decade worth of articles (more than 30) on Evidence Based Design (EBD) in HERD and Healthcare Design magazine.

Herman Miller Healthcare, working in collaboration with Hamilton and Vendome Group compiled many of Hamilton’s writings into a single, printed publication — an excellent primer / resource on Evidence-Based Design entitled Rigor and Research in Healthcare Design: A Decade of Advocacy.

“Kirk has been one of the industry’s leading voices on the process and the value of evidence based design in healthcare and we’re honored to have the opportunity to bring a decade worth of his work on the subject together in this comprehensive single volume,” said Phyllis Goetz, EDAC, PVDN, Director, Healthcare Strategic Programs and Services for Herman Miller.

Herman Miller worked with Hamilton to edit and group related articles into nine different sections: Design Informed by Research, Theory as a Practice Foundation, Rigor in Practice, Using Research for Better Designs, Conducting Research Grows the Field, Design for Clinical Issues, Design and Organizations, New Roles in Design Practice and Leadership in Research-Informed Practice. Each section has a new introduction authored by Hamilton.

Roger S. Ulrich, Ph.D., EDAC currently teaching at Chalmers University, Sweden and Aalborg University, Denmark said, “Anyone committed to understanding evidence-based design practice should read Kirk Hamilton. His writings are uniquely important and influential for defining what evidence-based design is, for explicitly describing a step-by-step process for delivering an evidence-based project, and providing a compelling moral and philosophical justification for basing design decisions on the best current evidence.”

In the coming weeks, The McMorrow Reports for Healthcare Facilities Management will be taking a closer look at chapters on The Four Levels of Evidence-Based Design; Evidence, Decisions, Guidelines and Standards; Ten Suggestions for Increasing Rigor in Architecture & Design; and Flexibility, Differential Obsolescence, and Measurement.

Rigor and Research in Healthcare Design: A Decade of Advocacy is available for healthcare leaders, architecture and design professionals, as well as college students enrolled in healthcare design programs only through Herman Miller. You can request a copy of the book by contacting Anne Parks via email: anne_parks@hermanmiller.com