"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
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,
Locating the best available evidence from a variety of fields
Creating meaningful collaborations with clients and users for
Recognizing and responding to the unique context of each
Using critical thinking to interpret the implications of
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.