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Evidence-Based Design for Multiple Building Types

ISBN: 978-0-470-12934-0
288 pages
December 2008
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Evidence-based design, which bases design decisions on the best available current research evidence, is gaining traction among architects. Expanding the field from its origins in healthcare to other building types such as education, criminal justice, commercial, industrial, and places of worship, this book introduces design professionals to the concept of evidence-based design and its use in the creation of high performance environments. It focuses on the methods by which design professionals and their clients can create better buildings by critically interpreting the implications of credible research and careful observation of completed projects. Drawing a direct link between evidence and application, the authors provide examples of credible research that supports evidence-based design are presented, as well as specific applications and case study examples.
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Table of Contents

Foreward By Chris McEntee.




Chapter 1: What is Evidence-Based Design?.

Chapter 2: Precedent-Based Professions & Transforming Architecture.

Chapter 3: The New Practitioner.

Chapter 4: Sustainable Design is Founded on Evidence (Lia Johnson).


Chapter 5: Evidence-Based Medicine and Healthcare Design.

Chapter 6: Evidence in the Design of Learning Environments (Alejandro Iriarte Dent).

Chapter 7: Evidence and Data in the Design of Workplace Environments.

Chapter 8: Data Drives the Design of Retail Environments.

Chapter 9: Evidence-Based Environments for Science.

Chapter 10: Evidence in Places for Assembly and Performance.

Chapter 11: Evidence in Historic Preservation & Adaptive Reuse.

Chapter 12: Evidence in Urban Planning.


Chapter 13: Process & Methods for Evidence-Based Design.

Chapter 14: Evidence Sources & Limitations.

Chapter 15: The Practitioner as Researcher (A. Ray Pentecost III).

Chapter 16: The Challenges for Architectural Education.

Conclusion: Architecture will always be Knowledge-Based.



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Author Information

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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"Hamilton and Watkins have written a guide for architects and those in related professions that details how to create better, more effective designs by using an approach based on evidence and outcomes rather than intuition and anecdotal information." (Book News, May 2009)
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