Evidence-Based Design for Multiple Building Types: Applied Research-Based Knowledge for Multiple Building Types

by D. Kirk Hamilton, David H. Watkins

Wiley | December 31, 2008 | Hardcover |

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 7.87 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: December 31, 2008

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0470129344

ISBN - 13: 9780470129340

Found in: Art and Architecture

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Evidence-Based Design for Multiple Building Types: Applied Research-Based Knowledge for Multiple Building Types

Evidence-Based Design for Multiple Building Types: Applied Research-Based Knowledge for Multiple Building Types

by D. Kirk Hamilton, David H. Watkins

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 7.87 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: December 31, 2008

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0470129344

ISBN - 13: 9780470129340

Table of Contents

Foreward By Chris McEntee.

Acknowledgements.

ntroduction.

PART I: THE CASE FOR EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN.

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).

PART II: EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN FOR BUILDING TYPES.

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.

PART III: DESIGNING WITH EVIDENCE.

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.

Bibliography.

Index.

From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

"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.

About the Author

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 perform-ance. 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 chair-man 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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