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Webinar: How Can a Design Firm Launch an EBD Initiative?  

When: September 14, 2017
Time: 11:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View


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1 unit AIA continuing education

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Over the last decade, design research for healthcare practice has become a valuable in-house commodity used to inform planning and design.  For most firms, it is no longer a question of whether to practice Evidence-based Design (EBD), but rather how to. Many firms with limited resources turn to outside research consultants and materials shared by large firm's research departments.  How can these firms more closely integrate EBD into their practice through internal initiatives? 

This webinar will share strategies for getting started, sustaining, and growing EBD within a firm. Design Researchers from a small and medium sized firm will share opportunities and challenges they encountered to describe lessons learned while launching an EBD initiative within their respective firms.  


Location Information

Event Venue:

online webinar

Learning Objectives

  • Explore how to integrate Evidence-based Design into firm culture. 
  • Leverage external tools and resources to support EBD initiatives. 
  • Strategize opportunities for communicating EBD efforts, internally and externally. 
  • Project potential opportunities for research growth and innovation within a firm.


Presenting Faculty

Sheila Elijah-Barnwell, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP, Director of Healthcare, Altus Architectural Studios

Sheila is a 24-year veteran of the healthcare design field, with extensive experience as a project designer, medical planner, project manager, and researcher. As the Director of Healthcare at Altus Architectural Studios, she leads the firm’s healthcare program, developing and nurturing relationships with clients and project teams while leading initiatives to improve the planning and design process. Prior to joining Altus, Sheila initiated and led the research program at HDR for 6 years focusing on the impacts of the built environment on human behavioral and health outcomes while building standardized tools for use in existing facility assessment and post occupancy evaluation.  She is an active contributor to the healthcare design industry through peer-reviewed articles, white papers, presentations, and serving on the Editorial Review Board for HERD Journal.  Sheila has also facilitated and taught graduate-level research design studios and seminars with a focus on Health and Healthcare at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Architecture since 2008. 


Meredith Banasiak, M.Arch., EDAC, Assoc. AIA, Design Researcher, Boulder Associates Architects 

Meredith cultivates multi-disciplinary research, knowledge sharing, and application to inform designs which optimize health, performance and access. Her experience in research, practice and pedagogy supports the transformational shift in design towards an evidence-based, person-centered culture. As design researcher for Boulder Associates Architects, she cultivates research partnerships with healthcare organizations, explores innovative methods for conducting research, and gathers and translates evidence with designers. Having been a faculty member in architecture and environmental design programs for more than ten years, Meredith brings experience in academic research and integrating EBD into curricula.  She is an advisory board member for the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA), and has published in education, psychology, medicine and architectural research journals and books.



Research Associate, The Center for Health Design

With a background in both architecture and social science, Melissa Piatkowski dedicates her career to one big research question: How can design improve health? Melissa’s passion as a Research Associate with The Center for Health Design is working with healthcare organizations and designers to inform design with evidence and measure outcomes with new research.

Prior to joining The Center for Health Design, Melissa led Evidence-Based Design efforts at Davis Partnership Architects and Huelat Davis Healing Design. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado and a Master’s in Environmental Psychology from Cornell University.