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Blueprint for 2021

I think we can all agree that when we think out and make plans for our lives, it can bring not only a sense of accomplishment (who doesn't love checking things off a list?), but also a sense of calm.

The Center is here to help you plan out 2021, growing your knowledge and expertise through our expansive online learning platform. Our virtual events will address the latest challenges facing our industry and allow you to provide your team and clients with inspiration. 

We have many virtual cutting-edge learning opportunities planned this year, from Evidence-Based Design Journal Clubs, webinars and workshops to receptions and regional networking events. We are looking forward to hosting five informative and inspiring strategic design workshops this year. These unique collaborative workshops consistently deliver new strategies, solutions, resources and connections to help organizations address today's healthcare design challenges.

The first workshop in April will address the challenges and the increased opportunities of designing for aging populations. The other four workshops will provide two deep dives on behavioral health, a look at the growing market for prefab and modular design and the latest in pediatric design. Want to learn more and receive updates on workshop agendas, early bird discounts and event sponsorships? Simply click here to let us know you want to receive updates via email.

We also have an EBD Coaching Workshop coming up in two weeks. This workshop will not only cover what the evidence-based design process is but will offer you practical guidance on how to get started incorporating it into your projects. The best part is, you will be personally matched with an industry expert who will be your coach for the day! You can learn more and register here.

I wish you all a happy new year and hope you will join us at many of these upcoming events.


Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Only one week left to submit your presentation for the 2021 HCD Expo & Conference

Are you a content expert that would like to share your knowledge at the 2021 HCD Expo & Conference? We are currently accepting presentation proposals for educational sessions and roundtable discussions. Submit presentation ideas for consideration around:

  • patient safety and satisfaction
  • ambulatory care
  • remodeling/renovations
  • impact of technology
  • clinical perspectives
  • high performance hospitals
  • sustainable practices design for wellness
  • innovations in facility planning & management
  • design challenges & solutions
  • specialty facilities and/or departments
  • strategies for financing & operations
  • international trends & practices
  • healthcare at home
  • projects/initiatives that advance equity and social justice
  • other topics of relevance to the healthcare design industry

Presentation Proposal Submission Deadline is January 21, 2021

Learn more and submit




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Free Tools & Resources

Behavioral and Mental Health Toolbox

Behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions affect one of five adults in the U.S. each year, and are even more common among patients receiving care for medical conditions. Providing these patients with a healing, therapeutic environment should be an important goal for health design. Design interventions aimed at improving the psychological well-being of patients with BMH comorbidities may be more cost-effective than they initially appear, because they can be leveraged to support improved well-being for other populations as well, including other patients, staff, and visitors.

Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

1/14, EBD Journal Club: Backstage Staff Communications: The Effects of Different Levels of Visual Exposure to Patients

1/21,Webinar: Process, Design and People: Integrating Lean, Evidence-based Design and End-Use Engagement in an Inpatient Unit Expansion

1/21, HCD Expo & Conference Call for Presenations Deadline

1/28, Reception: Better Days Ahead Virtual Winter Bash

1/29, Coaching Workshop: Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design

1/31, Last Day to register for the EDAC Exam Risk Free Offer


Classic Resources

Knowledge Repository

The Knowledge Repository now has over 5,000 citations! Working on a project? Looking for research to support a plan, or new ideas to address a challenge? Visit The Center’s user-friendly, FREE library of healthcare design research citations and key point summaries.

Slidecast: Isolation or Interaction: Healthcare Provider Experience of Design Change

While the role of the built environment is often overlooked in sociology, van Heuvelen examined the role of the environment as a mediator of organizational culture. This ethnographic study draws on sociology and an "inhabited institutionalist" theoretical framework to assess the staff experience of adjusting to the move from an open-bay to a single family room NICU.

Industry News Briefs

UVA Hospital Expansion Emphasizes Well-being


The University of Virginia (UVA) Health System’s new emergency department and in-patient bed tower offer an enhanced and more dignified experience for patients and staff. Designed by global architecture firm Perkins and Will, the expansion of the state’s top-ranked hospital prioritizes well-being while maximizing the number of patients who can receive world-class care.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Embracing New Patient Technology in Planning and Design

Today’s buildings are often fancier versions of the 1960s tower-on-podium model with a lot of technology crammed inside. The patient is moved around from place to place — in an environment assembled by a collection of departments or individual silos — to receive care instead of bringing the care and technology to the patient.
Health Facilities Management,

Seizing Demand for Ambulatory Care

Convenience, immediacy, affordability and specialized services. These are all reasons outpatient centers appear to be filling a discerning consumer demand and proliferating across the country. Scheduling an appointment with a physician in a primary care office may involve weeks of waiting to be seen. And, unless one arrives in an ambulance, walk-ins for an acute-care hospital’s emergency department will likely experience several hours of wait time before being seen by medical personnel.
Medical Construction & Design,

Reaching Resiliency in Healthcare Design


It’s critical that healthcare leaders across the world implement resilient design into the planning of today’s healthcare facilities––particularly given the unprecedented challenges 2020 has brought about. Now more than ever it is a priority to integrate adaptable and long-lasting design solutions into these establishments to better influence patient outcomes.
HC+O News,

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