SIDEBAR: Breaking down the research
The new Dally Tower at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Pullyup, Washington, provides an example of how to apply a seminal literature review as a tool to connect design strategies with potential and probable outcomes. The team of architects, interior designers, and the client user group worked together to create a framework for application of evidence-based design (EBD) principles. We started by using literature searches to uncover applicable research and then created a simple matrix tool to organize information to directly correlate desired outcomes with design strategy.
This matrix tool was used to:
Apply research findings where there was compelling evidence;
Determine which design strategies were promising but not yet proven—these may still be used, and could be an opportunity to draw upon the project as further research to test the strategies’ success;
Communicate reasons behind design decisions to the entire team; and
Inspire confidence that the project will support EBD outcomes, in order to help the client do the right thing.