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D. Kirk Hamilton, PhD, EDAC, FAIA, FACHA


Professor of Architecture, Texas A&M University; Founding Principal, WHR Architects

In November 2010, Kirk Hamilton was named a Director Emeritus for The Center for Health Design. Kirk is also a Fellow of the Center for Health Systems & Design and Professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, where his research area is the relationship of evidence-based design of health facilities and measurable organizational performance. He is also a Founding Principal of Emeritus, WHR Architects, Houston and Dallas, TX. WHR is an internationally recognized firm that specializes in healthcare architecture.

A board certified healthcare architect with 30 years experience in hospital design, Kirk was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows for his advocacy for excellence in architecture for health, innovations in design, for research and his visions for the hospital of the future. His experience includes professional training in facilitation, graphic recording, conflict resolution and small group dynamics through the American Leadership Forum and a Master's Degree in organizational development at Pepperdine University.

Kirk is a past president of the AIA's Academy of Architecture for Health, as well as past president and a founding regent of the American College of Healthcare Architects. He was the 2003 chair of the Society for Critical Care Medicine's design committee, and serves on the faculty of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's collaboratives on improving flow in the acute care setting and transforming care at the bedside. 

Kirk is a frequent speaker and lecturer on health facility design. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Innovations in Planning for Healthcare, UNIT 2000, and ICU 2010. He has taught courses on healthcare design and design for critical care at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and the University of Houston - Clear Lake.