Research, Theory


Collaboration Via Research At The New Parkland

May 8, 2015     Gena English and Kathy Harper
Parkland Health & Hospital System encouraged partners on its new Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas to conduct research during the project. Here are the lessons learned along the way.

Prescriptive Design: POE Measures Success Of VA Pharmacy Renovation

April 30, 2015     Elizabeth Stanberry, Mary Therese Hankinson, and Ellen Taylor
A VA pharmacy in New Jersey was redesigned with an eye on much more than aesthetics, creating operational efficiencies to solve patient satisfaction and workflow challenges. The results of a POE shed light on what worked and where additional improvements might be made.

Research Weighs Effects Of Healthcare Workspaces On Team-based Care

April 22, 2015     Jennifer DuBose and Ross Westlake
For many providers, the solution to population health management is a shift to coordinated, team-based care in an open work environment. A literature review and real-world observations evaluate models in use and effects on staff communication and collaboration.

In His Own Words: The HCD 10’s David Grandy

April 16, 2015     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
This is the fourth installment of our HCD 10 podcast series, featuring an interview with HDR’s David Grandy, this year’s rising star winner. Check back each week for more installments.

What’s The Value of Research In The Creative Design Process?

April 15, 2015     Sheila Elijah-Barnwell

While a fear exists that relying too greatly on research might trivialize the role of the designer in creating healthcare spaces, findings also provide evidence that can be interpreted and applied to designs in any number of ways.


PHOTO TOUR: University of North Carolina’s Marsico Hall

April 10, 2015     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Take a visual walk through the new research facility on University of North Carolina’s Medical Campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., opened in the fall of 2014.

Design And Patient Satisfaction: One Study’s Misconstrued Message

March 2, 2015     Sheila F. Cahnman

Last week, headlines proclaimed that a new study showed that facility design has little effect on patient satisfaction—but the details of the study suggest otherwise. 


Time And Space: An Interview With Jain Malkin

February 24, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Space planning and healthcare interior design have come a long way in 40 years, and veteran designer Jain Malkin has tracked their progress through four editions of "Medical and Dental Space Planning." Here, the author weighs in on the future of healthcare interiors.

Nailing Net Zero: Gundersen Health System

February 11, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Gundersen Health System’s new Legacy Building is the most prominent piece of its ongoing campus renewal project in La Crosse, Wis., incorporating aggressive energy goals, improving operations and patient/staff experience, and tying design into a scenic Mississippi River setting.

The 3rd Annual HCD 10 Winners Are...

February 2, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Now in its third year, The HCD 10 awards for outstanding individual contributions to the healthcare design industry honor some well-known names and behind-the-scenes giants.

What Makes Someone Worthy Of An HCD 10 Honor?

January 27, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

Success in the healthcare design industry can be measured by various parameters, and we consider as many as we can in selecting the winners of our annual HCD 10 awards.


A Multidisciplinary Design Approach To Solving The Healthcare Challenge

January 6, 2015     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Executive Editor

From chronic disease and aging populations to the continuum of care and patient satisfaction, healthcare today is facing plenty of challenges. But designers are in a unique position to bring new ideas to the table to solve them, and one new university program is tasking students with just that. 


How Pre-Occupancy Research Can Shape Effective Design Solutions

December 30, 2014     Christine Guzzo Vickery

The recent build-out of an inpatient unit serves as an example of how collecting data at the front end of a project can help validate design decisions and inspire what’s ultimately built.


Designing For Medicine’s Next Frontier

December 18, 2014     Christina Grimes

Biofabrication, or the 3-D printing of human tissue, might sound like science fiction. But the field of regenerative medicine stands to radically change the way healthcare is delivered in the future, calling for designers to create spaces that support what’s next. 


Study On Decentralized Nurses’ Stations Yields Surprising Results

December 4, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Researchers at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago studied the effects of switching from a central nurses’ station in its old facility to decentralized stations in the new building, which opened two years ago. Some of the results caught the researchers--and their Healthcare Design Conference audience--off guard.
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