Evidence-Based Design for Multiple Building Types

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John Wiley & Sons, 2009 - Architecture - 272 pages
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"D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, and David H. Watkins, FAIA, have written this enlightening book showcasing the process and products of evidence-based design, a practice that should be in the top drawer of every architect's toolkit. Evidence-based design sounds a clarion call for more rigor in the knowledge-based practice of creating the built environment, as well as stronger collaboration and sharing of knowledge between client and designer. I can-t think of two people more qualified to have taken on this topic."
—From the Foreword by Christine McEntee, Executive Vice President/CEO, The American Institute of Architects

GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE FROM RESEARCH-BASED DESIGN

Evidence-based design enables architects and their clients to optimize design decisions via a process of gathering, evaluating, and applying current best evidence from research and practice. Written by leading experts in the field of evidence-based design, this book guides the reader through the complete process, culminating in the creation of high-performance environments, including:

  • Locating the best available evidence from a variety of fields and sources
  • Creating meaningful collaborations with clients and users for decision making
  • Recognizing and responding to the unique context of each project
  • Using critical thinking to interpret the implications of research
  • Establishing a strong chain of logic that links research findings to design

In addition to providing general guidelines for the evidence-based design process, the authors describe how the process is applied in the design of specific building types, including hospitals, schools, offices, retail stores, and performance spaces. Throughout the book, examples underscore the effectiveness of credible research to support evidence-based design decisions. Moreover, comprehensive case studies are presented for each building type, demonstrating, for example, how design impacts a worker's productivity and efficiency or a student's ability to learn and achieve.

Following the authors' advice, architects, interior designers, facility managers, and related professionals will learn to create better, more effective designs by moving from an approach based on intuition and anecdotal information to one solidly based on evidence and outcomes.

 

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D. KIRK HAMILTON, FAIA, FACHA, is associate director of the Center for Health Systems & Design and associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the relationship between evidence-based design of health facilities and measurable organizational performance. A founding principal emeritus of WHR Architects, Hamilton is a board-certified healthcare architect with thirty years' experience in hospital design. Currently on the board of The Center for Health Design, Hamilton has served as president of both the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects.

DAVID H. WATKINS, FAIA, is chairman and founding principal of WHR Architects in Houston, a nationally recognized firm specializing in high-performance buildings for healthcare, science, and higher education. A longtime advocate for advancing the knowledge resources available to the profession of architecture, Watkins served as a vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and inaugural chair of the AIA board's knowledge committee in 2004. He serves on the advisory boards for the architectural programs at Rice University and The University of Texas at Austin, and from 2005 to 2007, he was a director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

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