Our Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification™(EDAC) program educates and assesses individuals on their understanding of how to base design decisions on available, credible evidence. Our all-volunteer EDAC Advisory Council monitors the EDAC program and recommends modifications, as needed. Council members advise on examination questions and process, study materials, certification requirements and process, continuing education requirements and other aspects of the program.
- Addie Abushousheh, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, Executive Director, Association of Households International
- Randall Carter, EDAC, Vice President for Relationship Development, The Center for Health Design
- Carrie Condry, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC, Project Manager, GBA
- Barbara Dellinger, MA, AAHID, IIDA, CID, EDAC, Director of Design Research, Adventist Healthcare
- D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC, Professor of Architecture, Texas A&M University
- Julie Kent, EDAC, Manager for Facilities Planning and Sourcing, Trinity Health
- Greg Mare, AIA, EDAC, Principal, Healthcare Planning and Design, AECOM
- Alberto Salvatore, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, Principal, Steffinan and Bradley Architects
- Peter Sharpe, EDAC, Principal, Irwin P. Sharpe Associates, Inc.
Addie Abushousheh, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC
Addie Abushousheh is a gerontologist, researcher, and consultant for organizational and environmental development in long-term care. She explores cultural and bio-psycho-social perspectives, organizational structures and processes, physical environments, workforce models, and regulatory and financial frameworks in relation to decision making, resource management, and quality improvement. With combined expertise in architecture, organizational development, aging and applied research, Abushousheh is uniquely positioned to advance comprehensive and translational agendas related to quality assessment and performance improvement within the continuum of care. In addition to consultation and research, Addie publishes and presents regularly and serves in a review and advisory capacity to industry organizations.
Randall Carter, EDAC
Randy's expertise in developing and building partnerships along with his passion for communicating industry issues is key in his role here at The Center where he works with industry partners to develop events, programs and education designed to keep the community inspired and informed.
Previously, Randy was a senior vice president, at Planetree. As a highly regarded speaker, facilitator, author and consultant, Randy has, for more than twenty years, inspired healthcare organizations nationally and internationally to make fundamental change in their belief systems thereby transforming the way patient-centered care is defined and delivered through healing environments, service and leadership, and enhancing the patient, family and employee experience.
Randy has contributed to numerous mainstream publications, health care periodicals, and the promotion of patient-centered care in the media. In a landmark Bill Moyers’ public broadcasting documentary series “Healing and the Mind”, Randy was recognized as a member of the groundbreaking team responsible for bringing to life the first system-wide Planetree implementation. Carter contributed to the books “Putting Patients First”(Jossey-Bass Publishing) which won the ACHE Hamilton Book of the Year Award in 2004, “Turned On Organizations” (Harper Business) and the first edition of “The Putting Patients First Field Guide: Global Lessons in Designing and Implementing Patient-Centered Care” (Jossey-Bass Publishing) September, 2013.
Carrie Condry, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC
Carrie brings 15 years’ experience as a Project Manager and Designer focused on Healthcare with a bachelor degree from Kansas State University in Interior Design. Carrie is Medical Equipment Planner with GBA located in Arlington Texas Office, she has the opportunity to work with healthcare clients across the country. Carrie works closely with her clients to ensure the planning and equipment meets their specific needs. Working closely with the design team to insure all aspects of the equipment are coordinated and align with the project objective and goals. Her projects include the New Parkland Hospital, Dallas Texas and Froedtert Health, Milwaukee Wisconsin. She has been a member of the EDAC advisory council for 2 years (?). As a member of the council Carrie has assisted with creating flash cards for the EDAC exam. She is also an active member for IIDA and has held positions on the Texas Oklahoma and Carolinas Chapter Board as the VP of Professional Development.
Barbara Dellinger, MA, AAHID, IIDA, CID, EDAC
Barbara Dellinger is Director of Design and Research at Adventist Healthcare (AHC), in a multi-hospital system, located in Rockville, MD. In this new and important position at AHC, Barbara oversees matters related to interior design with regard to space planning, finishes, furniture, art, wayfinding and signage and lighting, using evidence-based design research and best practices as the guiding tool. .Prior to joining AHC, she spent 10 years at HDR Architects in Alexandria, VA as Director in Healthcare Interior Design, East Coast. She led the implementation of the DOD’s World Class/Evidence-based Design check list on several large military projects, including the Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital in Northern VA and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. She is on the Center's EDAC Advisory Board, and the Research Coalition. She recently participated in the development of a monograph/white paper for ASHE entitled "HCAHPS Scores, the Patient Experience and the Affordable Care Act from the Facility Perspective."
D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC
D. Kirk Hamilton is a professor of architecture and associate director of the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M University. The focus of his academic research is the relationship of evidence-based health facility design to measurable organizational performance. Mr. Hamilton is a board-certified healthcare architect and a founding principal emeritus of WHR Architects, with 30 years of active practice. He is a past president of the American College of Healthcare Architects and the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health. He served on the board of The Center for Health Design and is co-editor of the interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD).
Julie Kent, EDAC
Julie Kent is the Manager for Facilities Planning and Sourcing at Trinity Health, a catholic health system with 49 hospitals in 10 states. Over the last 15 years, Julie has evolved her education in architecture through a diverse collection of experiences in strategic planning, process mapping, and relocation management. Julia has worked with large and small hospitals throughout the US and Canada, delivering a passion for improving healthcare operations and the creation of high performance healing environments. Julie has been involved with the EDAC program from the very beginning and currently serves on the EDAC Advisory Council.
Greg Mare, AIA, EDAC
Greg Mare is the Director of AECOM’s healthcare practice for the Americas, Greg Mare has four decades of experience helping healthcare clients translate their business initiatives into long term strategies that address current concerns such as rising healthcare costs, consolidations, patient outcomes and the aging population.
An industry leader in patient experience development, evidence-based design process, and health and wellness environments, he is also a well-known and highly respected public speaker on healthcare design issues including patient quality and safety, operational efficiency, standardization, flexibility and pediatric environments. Greg is a member of the Center for Health Design’s EDAC Advisory Council and has was named one of ‘Twenty Who Are Making a Difference’, published in Healthcare Design Magazine.
Greg’s past experience includes major projects for Ohio-based healthcare systems such as Cleveland Clinic, OhioHealth and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, as well as national clients including SUNY Upstate Medical University, University of Wisconsin Health, Carolinas Medical Center and Oklahoma University Medical Center.
Alberto Salvatore, AIA, NCARB, EDAC
Alberto Salvatore is Co-founder and Principal of Salvatore Associates. He has over 30 years of experience in healthcare architectural master planning, programming, department planning, and design. He has successfully lead teams nationally and internationally on projects large and small. Over this time he has come to understand and define the Physical Environment as only one of the system of components that define the Environment of Care (EOC) that is required to be addressed in the design of Spaces and Places that support the wellbeing of our communities and caregivers. Alberto was a key participant in defining the base knowledge used to integrate EBD into practice. He also participated in the development of the EDAC examination and sits on the EDAC Advisory Council, as well as, the Environmental Standards Council for the Center for Health Design.
Peter Sharpe, EDAC
Peter Sharpe is Vice President of Irwin P. Sharpe & Associates—a research and market consulting firm specializing in new product development, technology transfer and market research. The firm has wide experience in the building and construction, materials and architectural and engineering services areas; and conducts research in energy efficiency applications for motors, generators and transformers, electrical distribution systems, lighting and HVAC systems. The firm is actively involved in research and clinical trials related to antibacterial materials for touch surface, potable water distribution and HVAC components. Peter is on the EDAC (Evidence Based Design Accreditation and Certification) Advisory Board, and is EDAC certified. Mr. Sharpe holds a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin in biology and chemistry; an MBA from Rutgers University; and has worked as a researcher at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.