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Ellen Taylor, PhD,AIA, MBA, EDAC


Vice President for Research
The Center for Health Design

Ellen brings more than 25 years of experience in architecture, research and business to our research team. A registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, she has been influential in many of our research efforts ranging from guiding individual Pebble Project Partners to supporting grant-funded initiatives such as programs with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Kresge Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF). She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and speaker on EBD, patient safety, and development of the business case.

Experienced in both the owner's and consultant’s sides of the table, Ellen has been responsible for conducting design research for the built environment, as well as large-scale program management, capital planning, service standards planning, brand management, developing and extensive cross-departmental coordination. 

Ellen has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning and Global Executive MBA degrees from Columbia University and London Business School. She is pursuing her PhD in design, patient safety and human factors at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, under the supervision of Drs. Sue Hignett and Paula Griffiths.  Ellen serves on the Facility Guidelines Institute Health Guidelines Revisions Committee (leading the 2014 Safety Risk Assessment subgroup), coordinates special projects with other organizations, serves on our Environmental Standards Council (ESC), and facilitates direction for the CHD Research Coalition volunteers.