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The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing is one of the 55 South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence (SC CoEE) for a multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems in the health and design fields. The Health Facilities Design and Testing Center is using interdisciplinary design research to improve health care environments through better architecture and building design. Research at this Center focuses on two main areas: how the design of health care facilities affects the delivery of health care and how to create architectural settings that better serve the health and well-being of patients and staff. Researchers at this Center study the relationship between the physical healthcare environment and clinical outcomes; population health outcomes; patient, family and staff satisfaction; operational efficiency; and the ability to accommodate change. The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing supports two endowed chairs – the endowed chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research at Clemson University and the Endowed Chair in Healthcare Human Factors Research and Practice at the Medical University of South Carolina.

As the SmartState Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research, Dr. Anjali Joseph serves as the Director for the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Safe OR design workshop and OR prototype unveiling

The CHFDT is organizing a full day workshop and mock-up unveiling reception for Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Clemson Design Center in Charleston. We plan to share year 2 project findings with attendees, brainstorm concepts for structure and development of an OR safe design tool, discuss development of high fidelity surgical scenarios, and we plan to hold an unveiling reception for the new high fidelity prototype that evening.

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Healthcare Design Expo 2017

CU School of Architecture + Health recieved several awards and recognition at the HCD conference in Orlando, Florida

RIPCHD.OR was the solo winner in the conceptual design category for The Healthcare Environment Awards. RIPCHD.OR also received Gold Level EBD for the Touchstone Awards. 

Doctoral candidate, Deborah Wingler, was honored with The Center for Health Design's Research Coalition's New Investigator Award (NIA).

Recent Graduate, Austin Ferguson, was The Healthcare Environment Awards winner under the student category for his Long-Term Acute-Care Hospital.

Students from the Master of Architecture + Health program participated in the 2017 annual AIA-AAH STERIS Student Design Charette with David Allison as their project advisor. 

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