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Webinar: Three Case Studies: Excellence in Evidence-Based Design

When: May 7, 2020
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


Evidence-based design (EBD) is the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes and is integral to the successful design of a healthcare environment. This webinar highlights three prestigious, award-winning projects which used the EBD process in their pursuit of increasing value, improving health outcomes, and engaging stakeholders. Come hear the stories of how they did it and what they learned that can be applied to your projects!

  • The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University: used research to educate the project team, defined metrics, andn documented and communicated their findings and decisions along each step of their journey.
  • Froedtert and The Medical College of Wisconsin, 8 North Tower Med Surg Buildout: used a combination of evidence-based design, Lean and change management, as well as input from a broad-based interdisciplinary team, to reimagine the unit which has become the model for all new remodels. 
  • New Parkland Hospital: formed and chartered a unique NPH Research Coalition to conduct an integrated evaluation for several hypotheses derived from the original design concepts.


Learning Objectives

  • Review evidence-based design concepts and the EBD process.
  • Illustrate the application of the EBD process in multiple environments.
  • Learn how to translate, use, and conduct research for application in healthcare design.
  • Understand the relationship between design and healthcare outcomes.


Presenting Faculty

Kate Renner, AIA, EDAC, LSSGB, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Design Researcher, Architect, HKS, Inc

Kate Renner, AIA, EDAC, Lean-Six Sigma CE, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Vice President, HKS Architects, specializes in healthcare and design research with experience working with several top healthcare systems worldwide. She has worked to develop solutions to the many complex challenges encountered in the healthcare environment to create a healing space for patients, care teams, and the community. Passionate about continually improving projects, processes, and outcomes, Kate has worked extensively with the HKS research team, developing post-occupancy evaluation methodologies focused on overall impact. Most recently, Kate has developed a research fellowship program to expand research beyond the boundaries of the HKS research team to all project teams. Outside of work, she is active in the local and national design community, serving on a number of committees with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2016, Kate received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work on the 2015 USGBC Greenbuild Host Committee and the Greenbuild Legacy Project and is a member of the Building Design and Construction’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016. Kate is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Masters of Art and a Masters of Architecture.

Jeri Brittin, Ph.D., Director, Research, HDR

Jeri Brittin trained as a public health research scientist, and also has a background in interior design and business strategy. Jeri is passionate about leveraging design to achieve desirable human outcomes, and about measuring these outcomes in order to document impacts. Her research portfolio focuses on health and behavioral outcomes, and encompasses healthcare, education, workplace, and community environments. At HDR, Jeri’s team generates high-quality research to inform ongoing practice improvement. Dr. Brittin’s areas of expertise include research design and intervention evaluation, methods and measurement, translation of evidence to practice, and quantitative/statistical/qualitative analysis. Her work has also engaged methods from systems science. Jeri is compelled to bring science and design together, believing that each has much to offer the other.

Kara Freihoefer, PhD, NCIDQ, EDAC, LEED AP, Director of Research, HGA

Kara Freihoefer, PhD, is the Director of Research at HGA Architects and Engineers, where she focuses on utilizing evidence-based design principles to inform and educate healthcare clients and colleagues on design decisions. Freihoefer serves as the co-chair of the Research Council where she helps spearheads research initiatives across all disciplines firm-wide. Freihoefer recently research published “Making the Case for Practice-based Research and the Imperative Role of Design Practitioners” in Health Environments, Research and Design Journal. She was also awarded Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) for an in-depth investigation of clinic module design.


Did You Know?

The Center for Health Design’s Touchstone Award recognizes the use of an evidence-based design process in the pursuit of increasing value, improving outcomes, and engaging stakeholders and is given to projects that demonstrate exemplary achievement across the touchstones of the EBD process: collaboration, evaluation, and sharing.