Evidence-based Architecture


Research Brief: More Daylight Means Healthier And Happier Nurses

August 7, 2014     Adapted from The HERD Journal, Summer 2014 issue
A recent study demonstrates how more daylight can have positive health effects on staff, in addition to patients, in healthcare environments.

3 Challenges For Healthcare Architects And Designers

August 1, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Healthcare leaders sent a message to attendees at the annual Summer Leadership Summit in Chicago: Help us solve some of the issues and challenges we’re facing.


July 25, 2014     posted by Kristin D. Zeit
Take a visual walk through the new Legacy ER in Allen, Texas, opened in November 2013.

An International Standard Of Care And Design

July 15, 2014     Charlene Marietti
Eastern experts and Western thought leaders shared concerns and trends in hospital design and care delivery trends at the 15th Hospital Build and Infrastructure China Exhibition and Congress.

FIRST LOOK: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

July 9, 2014     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
With an eye on strengthening its brand in the region by upping the quality of its pediatric care, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is embarking on a new surgery center and NICU expansion scheduled to open in 2016.

Designing Abroad: Cultural Considerations In Evidence-Based Design

July 7, 2014     Bonny Slater
In the final installment of a three-part guest blog series on international design challenges, Perkins+Will’s Bonny Slater discusses the need for more studies that can be applied and adapted on a global scale.

Can Different Architectural Forms Influence Patient Behavior?

June 26, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Researchers from Texas Tech and HKS look at how contours may affect patients and their overall experience. The results will be shared at the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference.

FIRST LOOK: Teck Acute Care Centre

June 25, 2014     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
Evidence-based design and Lean approaches inspired the design behind the new Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, targeted for completion in 2018.

FIRST LOOK: Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Expansion

May 30, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
Patient and family feedback inspired an expansion of the Wilmington, Del., hospital. The project is slated for completion in October.

The “What’s Next” Of Healthcare Design

May 29, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
What was once innovative in healthcare design has now become the baseline. While it’s important to celebrate the widespread acceptance of elements like natural daylight and access to nature, what will it take to advance the industry beyond the new normal?

Medical Tourism Spotlight: Health City Cayman Islands

May 16, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
This healthcare facility in Grand Cayman caters to medical tourists with its island location, Western design sensibilities, and cardiovascular and orthopedic services.

FIRST LOOK: Shatt Al-Arab Hospital

May 15, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
From its site composition to outdoor courtyards, Iraq’s new Shatt Al-Arab Hospital, targeted for completion in 2015, will provide plenty of relief from the desert sun.

Take Five With Sheila Bosch

April 22, 2014     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The director of healthcare research at Gresham, Smith and Partners and The HCD 10 Researcher of the Year discusses the top five trends and issues getting her attention right now.

Research Brief: Patient Visibility And ICU Mortality

April 3, 2014     Adapted from The HERD Journal, Winter 2014 issue
A recent study confirms that patient outcomes are affected by patient room visibility for caregivers in the ICU environment.

Owner’s POV: Gary Constantino, Catholic Health System

March 13, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
The corporate director for Catholic Health System’s office of facility planning, design, construction, and property management (Buffalo, N.Y.) expands on how Catholic Health designs its facilities to best address the system’s biggest service priorities.
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