Covid-19 Update

11/3/2019 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Track:Advancements in Evidence-Based Design Research


Mardelle Shepley


Cornell University, Department of Design & Environmental Analysis

Arsalan Gharaveis

Healthcare Planner


Kirk Hamilton

Founding Co-Editor of HERD, Julie & Craig Beale Endowed Professor of Health Facility Design

College of Architecture, Texas A&M University

Debajyoti Pati

Professor, Rockwell Endowment Chair

Texas Tech University

Session Description

This presentation clarifies how visibility as a design factor may enhance security in community hospital emergency departments (EDs). The ED is a high-risk workplace where staff are exposed to verbal and physical violence. The design layout in general, and visibility in particular, have been found to be important by previous explorations. In this session, presenters share the findings from a grant-funded qualitative research study focusing on the impact of visibility on security issues in five community hospital EDs. The presenters will also share the translation of the research conclusions into design solutions and share examples to inform future design decisions.