Healthcare Design Research

Understanding how the built environment impacts the performance and well-being of healthcare professionals ultimately improves healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.

The Healthcare Workplace

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are highly specialized workplaces as well as healing environments.

Promoting Patient and Practitioner Health

Stamford Staff Lounge

Stamford Hospital

New Stamford Hospital

Our evidence-based design approach, including partnerships with organizations like Planetree, had led to a growing awareness of the link between design and well-being. In this article from Medical Construction & Design, Lead Designer Tushar Gupta and Research Director Laurie Waggener provide snapshots of some recent  projects and features that address these issues.

Healthcare Design Research Well-Being

Supplemental Task Lighting for Medication Administration Safety

The role of lighting on human performance, alertness, mood, and job satisfaction has been extensively researched in corporate, retail, educational, and manufacturing industries. Such research indicates the need for specific lighting fixtures and illuminance levels is pivotal to conducting tasks requiring critical accuracy and in meeting customer needs and satisfaction. Various tasks, especially precision work such as medication administration, require elevated illumination levels according to the ergonomics literature and by the Illumination Engineering Society of North America. Interior design considerations are needed in order to meet the USP and ergonomic recommendations. Research is needed to best inform design in order to ascertain if task lighting is a practical solution in facilitating clinician needs while not awakening the patient with a ceiling-mounted light source. This field study analyzes nursing perceptions of the use of ergonomic task lighting in the context of three room types within the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit.

New Model for Healing

Stamford Hospital

New Stamford Hospital

The new Stamford Hospital is the boldest healthcare initiative in Fairfield County's history. Stamford's new building is more than a state-of-the-art facility: it symbolizes their philosophy of patient- and family-centered care. Healing begins as soon as you arrive at the hospital. This is Healing Reimagined, as told by the Stamford leadership team.

Well-Being Community Impact Healthcare Design Research

Healthcare Design Research Partners

Houston Methodist Outpatient Tower at dusk

Houston Methodist

Outpatient Center

Houston, TX

Outpatient

This 26-story triangular tower, topped by a “tiara” building brow and spire, has transformed the Houston skyline, as well as the outpatient experience.

Exterior of Jersey Shore Ocean Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Neptune, NJ

Specialty Services

The region’s only academic university-level teaching center and clinical research facility has undergone a transformational modernization and expansion.

Healthcare International

Forward-thinking design combines best practices from both American and European healthcare. The consortium of WHR Architects, KHR Arkitekter, and Arup were awarded the Bispebjerg Somatic Hospital project after an international competition. 

As a former clinician, I am excited to conduct research that informs architectural design to benefit patients, families, and staff while providing value to our clients.

Laurie Waggener, RRT, IIDA, ACCN, CHID, EDAC Director, Research