E82 EBD in Action: Moving from Research to Design Innovation

  • Room: Sun Ballroom C
  • Session Number:E82
Tuesday, November 14, 2017: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Anjali Joseph Ph.D, EDAC
Associate Professor, Director, Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing
Clemson University
Byron Edwards AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP
Professor of Practice, Chair of the AIA AAH Research Initiatives Committee
Clemson University Architecture + Health Graduate Studies
David Allison FAIA, FACHA
Alumni Distinguished Professor and Director
Clemson University Architecture + Health Graduate Studies
Rachel Matthews
Graduate Research Assistant
Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, Clemson University


The core of the evidence-based design process—translating and applying research into the design process—remains a practical challenge in academia and architecture practice. Research findings are often too narrow to serve the needs of designers, while fast-moving project timelines rarely allow for useful and rigorous research. This session will present tools and processes that supported the transition from research to design innovation in the architecture studio at Clemson University’s Architecture + Health program. Two different projects, an operating room design project and a 23-hour postoperative room design project, are described. Both build upon rigorous research to develop innovative design concepts.


Learning Objectives

Understand how research is being translated and integrated into the design process. Learn innovative design concepts that were developed around the operating room and a 23-hour postoperative-stay room. Discuss the challenges and benefits in implementing an EBD process in architecture design studio environments. Explore strategies and tools for moving from research to design.

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