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The Center for Health Design

Changemaker Award Recipient
a Strategic Global Leader in Healthcare Design Research

Concord, CARoger S. Ulrich, Ph.D., EDAC, has been named as a Changemaker award recipient by The Center for Health Design. Given annually at Healthcare Design Conference, the award honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional ability to change the way healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work has broad impact on the advancement of healthcare design. 

Roger is currently guest professor of Architecture at the Center for Healthcare Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, as well as professor emeritus of architecture at Texas A&M University. He is the most frequently cited researcher internationally in evidence-based healthcare design.

Roger was a co-founding director of the Center for Health Systems and Design at Texas A&M University, an interdisciplinary center housed jointly in the colleges of Architecture and Medicine. From 2005-2006 he served at the invitation of Britain’s National Health Service as senior adviser on patient care environments for the UK program to create scores of new hospitals. 

A founding member of The Center for Health Design’s board and currently a Board Director Emeritus, Roger’s work has directly impacted the design of billions of dollars of hospital construction, and improved the health outcomes and safety of patients around the world. His recent work has dealt with subjects as varied as how design can lessen aggressive behavior in psychiatric care facilities, to the negative impacts of hospital noise on patients and nurses, and how nature, gardens, and art can lessen pain, stress, and healthcare costs.

"Simply stated, the world has benefited from Roger’s research that aligns healthcare design's impact on human operational and economical outcomes”, stated Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC, Board Chair of The Center for Health Design. “Most notably, he was the first to document scientifically the stress-reducing and health-related benefits of viewing nature through a window or in artwork for hospital patients.” She went on to note, “Roger’s dedication to applying the standards of modern medical research with strict experimental controls has helped to quantify accurately certain design interventions' impact on health outcomes, specifically those that speed the healing process. He exceeds at communicating both key learnings and growing understandings that provide stress-reducing design inspiration – improving the lives of patients and lowering the cost of care. His creative approaches and international perspective continue to move this industry forward, changing it for the better."

Roger will officially accept the Changemaker Award at the 2015 Healthcare Design Conference, on Monday, November 16, 2014 in Washington DC. To learn more, click here.

About The Center for Health Design
The Center for Health Design (CHD) is a nonprofit organization that engages and supports professionals and organizations in the healthcare and design industry to improve the quality of healthcare facilities and create new environments for healthy aging. CHD’s mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education, and advocacy. For more information, visit

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