Evidence-Based Design | Design & Health

Evidence-based design (EBD) research creates credible evidence linking design decisions to individual and organizational outcomes and makes these findings usable for designers and decision-makers. It has helped make hospitals safer and less stressful for millions of patients and workplaces more effective.

In coursework, dissertations, and funded research, School of Architecture EBD work with hospital systems, corporate partners, design firms, and research collaborators inside and outside Georgia Tech, including Industrial Design, Biomedical Engineering, Systems Engineering, and Computer Science, to explore questions such as how the design of hospitals, clinics, and community settings can affect patient health, satisfaction, experience, and sleep, how building design can support collaboration and coordination among care teams, and how facilities and programs can empower people with mild cognitive impairment.

School of Architecture EBD researchers have also examined how the design of buildings and sites can support everyday physical activity, how courthouses can be designed to improve the transparency of the legal system and other issues.


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Craig Zimring

Director, SimTigrate Design Lab; Professor, School of Architecture


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