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Clarity by Design

If there is one thing this year has taught us, it is that there are so many things over which we have no control. And, that can lead to feeling overwhelmed and stressed. But, we do have a great deal of control and influence in our projects where through design, we can achieve better outcomes.

As architects, designers, healthcare administrators and product manufacturers, an important thing to contribute to any project is clarity. Clarity in project goals and in what we can specifically contribute to the project; be it architectural renderings, systems specifications, material and product requirements,etc., all make the spaces we create for care and healing into places in which patients, family and staff can feel the most connected and comforted. 

But, where to start on your quest for direction and clarity? The Center has many different types of tools, resources and educational opportunities that will provide you and your team with clear direction to take your healthcare design work, projects and career to the next level. I invite you to explore our:

  • Research Services where if you need expert advice on a research project, need an expert to do research for you or you simply need to be pointed to the right resources, we can help.
  • The Evidence-Based Design and Certification (EDAC) program will expand your knowledge of how to base decisions on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes.
  • And, our Affiliate Member program provides members with tools, resources, research, training and community, all geared towards reducing healthcare costs and improving health outcomes through design.   

Project clarity allows us the ability to provide our teams with the reasons behind decisions and the ability to articulate how each team member can help to reach the desired goal. The Center is ready to help.

Wishing you clarity and success,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


LR-EX Series Ligature Resistant Exit Device Trim

One of the many challenges Accurate Lock & Hardware seeks to solve is bringing the existing hardware of behavioral healthcare facilities to compliance and beyond.

The LR-EX Series offers a safety upgrade for common panic device hardware found throughout various healthcare facilities. This solution represents the bigger picture in improving not only the patient experience, but also helping to relieve the stress of the staff associated with patient safety..

Read more here.




Free Tools & Resources

Tool: Interactive Design Diagrams 

Healthcare is provided in a variety of settings, from a person’s home to outpatient clinics, to the hospital. While the settings and specific design elements may differ across the continuum of care, the objectives of safety, efficiency, satisfaction, and high quality care remain constant. This set of interactive diagrams provides a link between the evidence base, design strategies, and desired outcomes – in a visually intuitive and actionable format.

Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

11/19,Webinar: Over and Under: Overlooked Projects from Unexpected Designers

11/19, Webinar: Can Greenspace Reduce Gun Violence? Wellness through Urban Design

12/17, Webinar: The Two Way Street: Integrated Care Design Interventions in the Evolution of the Community Health Center



Classic Resources

Knowledge Repository

The Knowledge Repository is a complete, user-friendly, free database of healthcare design resources that continues to grow with the latest research. The repository includes manuscripts, reports, key point summaries, 5-minute slidecast summaries, AIA AAH case studies, and research citations on healthcare design topics. Over the course of 8 years, the materials included in the Knowledge Repository have grown and now include over 5,000 research citations and over 800 key point summaries.

Aging and Dementia Design Strategies

Understanding the personal abilities and unique challenges faced by aging individuals, especially those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, better equips design teams to create supportive living spaces.

Industry News Briefs

Hospital Bacteria Source Highlights Need for Improved Infection Control


According to the study, published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, hospital room floors are contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria within hours of patient admission. The researchers highlight how this creates a route of transfer of potentially dangerous organisms to patients.

The researchers from the Northeast Ohio VA Healthcare System tracked contamination in hospital rooms of 17 newly admitted patients to identify the timing and route of transfer of bacteria within the rooms. The rooms were thoroughly cleaned and sanitised before testing, and all patients also screened negative for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other healthcare-associated bacteria.
Health Europa,

Virtual Networks — the Technology 



Emergency and Acute Care

The words "highly fragmented" often come to mind when one thinks of the current U.S. healthcare system. Providers, payers, stakeholder groups and different care settings are all siloed, creating barriers to efficient and effective care. Communication and collaboration throughout the continuum of care and the patient journey are far from seamless. Becker's Hospital Review recently spoke with Harry Reddy, CEO of Allm North America, about the role that cloud-based virtual networks can play in reshaping the patient and provider experience during healthcare emergencies, acute care episodes and community-based care after a hospitalization. New approaches to technology deployment have the potential to deliver compelling clinical, administrative and public health benefits.
Becker's Healthcare,

A Continuous Assessment:

Understanding Compliance During Construction

Just as healthcare professionals must remain nimble in light of new medical research, healthcare facilities, too, must keep pace with rapid changes in code compliance, neighborhood health, sustainability and energy management. Code compliance is particularly crucial during new construction. If a new facility doesn’t meet compliance on a foundational level, the steps to correct the issue could be detrimental to the timeline and budget of the project – not to mention the safety of the workers.
Healthcare Facilities Today,


Design and Operational Strategies for Post-Pandemic Senior Housing


Over the last several decades, independent living and assisted living communities have increasingly adopted a hospitality-like aesthetic with an emphasis on social and recreational design features. This has been a necessary response to competition within the industry as well as with the broader residential market. Concurrent with this change has been an increase in resident acuity as residents tend to be frailer than they were a decade ago. The need to protect them from infection has never been greater, as recent events have proven.
Environments for Aging,


The Center for Health Design would like to thank our thought leadership partner:



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 opportunities, contact our VP of Relationship Development, Randy Carter




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