D. Kirk Hamilton is a professor of architecture and associate director of the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M University. The focus of his academic research is the relationship of evidence-based health facility design to measurable organizational performance. Dr. Hamilton is a board-certified healthcare architect and a founding principal emeritus of WHR Architects, with 30 years of active practice. He is a past president of the American College of Healthcare Architects and the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health. He served on the board of The Center for Health Design and is co-editor of the interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD).