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Becky Gill & Marzia Chowdhury Announced as 2022 Joseph G. Sprague New Investigator Award Recipients

Concord, CA – Becky Gill and Marzia Chowdhury have been selected as the 2022 Joseph G. Sprague New Investigator Award Recipients. Both PhD students, Becky Gill attends Arizona State University (Herberger Institute for Design and Arts) and Marzia Chowdhury is at the the University of Kansas (Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Design). Ms. Gill’s study: “Environmental Affordance Index: Evaluating Family Members’ Spatial Needs in Adult ICUs” will first attempt to determine the spatial needs of family members within adult ICUs and then develop tools by which to evaluate environmental congruence. Ms. Chowdhury’s study “Emergency Department (ED) Design for Pandemic Conditions: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic” will initially investigate how Emergency Departments (EDs) modified their physical environments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic phases, and then evaluate various design strategies to maximize ED operational metrics in preparation for future surge conditions.

As the 2022 award recipients, both Becky and Marzia will get a complimentary registration to the 2023 Healthcare Design Conference + Expo, where they will have the opportunity to present their completed research studies.

The Center and the jurors would also like to recognize the following candidates for making it to the top four finalists:

  • Haripriya Sathyanarayanan, PhD Candidate, Architecture and Building Science, Regent's Fellow, UC Berkeley: Neuroarchitecture and Affect Study of Pediatric Inpatient Rooms: Experiences of Child & Parent
  • Connie Lin, Student, Cornell University and Designer, HOLT Architects: Bluescapes: An Evaluation of Sensory Waterfall Characteristics on Physiological Stress

Yolanda Keys, Research Associate, with The Center who led the New Investigator Award (NIA) jury panel, stated, “Congratulations to these two NIA winners! We are excited and look forward to supporting them in their research.”

Becky Gill

Marzia Chowdhury

Congratulations again to Becky Gill, Marzia Chowdhury and all of the finalists!


The Center for Health Design is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education and advocacy. Learn more. For information about sponsor or partnership opportunties, contact Randy Carter, VP of Relationship Development.

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