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Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, B.A., M.Arch., M.A., D.Arch., EDAC


Professor & Chair
Cornell University in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis

Mardelle McCuskey Shepley is chair of the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis and associate director of the Institute for Healthy Futures at Cornell University. She serves on the graduate faculty in the Cornell Department of Architecture. Dr. Shepley has authored/co-authored six books, including Healthcare Environments for Children and their Families (1998), Design for Critical Care (2009), Health Facility Evaluation for Design Practitioners (2010), Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care (2014) and Design for Mental and Behavioral Health (2017). Dr. Shepley has worked full-time and part-time in professional practice for 25 years. 

Dr. Shepley has authored/co-authored five books, including Healthcare Environments for Children and their Families(1998), A Practitioner’s Guide to Evidence-based Design (2008), Design for Critical Care (2009), Health Facility Evaluation for Design Practitioners (2010) and Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care (2014). Her papers have been published in Healthcare Management Review, Indoor and Built Environment, Journal of Perinatology, Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, Health Environments Design & Research, World Health Design, Children, Youth & Environments, Journal of Housing for the Elderly, Building Research Information, Evidence-based Medicine, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Journal of Interior Design, Child Health Care, Senor Housing & Care, Environment & Behavior, Perceptual & Motor Skills, among other peer-reviewed venues. To enhance the link between research and practice, Dr. Shepley worked 15 years in practice prior to joining TAMU, and has served as a consultant to architectural firms regularly since 2000. She is founder of ART+Science, design research consultants.