November 30, 2017
The Intersection of Art and Science
Each year, The Center for Health Design’s Board of Director’s selects a person or organization that has contributed to our field in a significant way and awards them the Changemaker Award in acknowledgement of their accomplishments. This year the Changemaker Award went to someone who is a strong advocate for incorporating research into projects - Mardelle Shepley, FAIA, EDAC, FACHA, LEED AP BD+C. Mardelle is currently an associate director of the Cornell Institute for Health Futures, and has previously served as a professor at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and was director of the TAMU Center for Health Systems & Design from 2004-2014. She is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects and the American College of Healthcare Architects and is LEED and EDAC certified.
Dr. Shepley's teachings and practice illustrate how to tie hypothesis to design goals with the end result demonstrating the relationship between an objective and an outcome. She advocates that research is equal parts art and science, demonstrating how study hypotheses are directly related to design goals by illustrating the relationship between an objective and an outcome. As a result, her research is characterized by its translational content, generating data that can be directly applied to built projects.
Although a full-time faculty member for the last 23 years, Dr. Shepley continues to be engaged in practice, and she encourages her students to participate in outside projects such as hands-on activities with Habitat for Humanity and conceptual design services for non-profit organizations.
During the Changemaker Award ceremony at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference this year, longtime friend and colleague, Kirk Hamilton, PhD, EDAC, FAIA, FACHA, interviewed Mardelle who shared how her career started, what the future holds, and how she would like to be remembered. “Like most of us, I hope to have a legacy,” Mardelle stated. “In my case, I’d like that legacy to be that I’ve shared in the creation of a culture that recognizes that design is a responsibility. We must be held accountable for its results.”
Providing all of us with a lifetime full of teaching and community service, congratulations again to Mardelle, our 2017 Changemaker!
Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO
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