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Improving Maternal Health Outcomes: Role of the Built Environment
Posted on Tuesday June 22, 2021

By: Brooke A. Karlsen, MSN, BSN, RN, NEA-BC Maternal care was an early clinical interest for me and this interest […]


Why I am excited to co-chair the 2022 EDRA 53 conference in Greenville, SC
Posted on Wednesday May 19, 2021

By Anjali Joseph The Environmental Design Research Association came into being in the 1960s, led by a group of forward-thinking […]


Starting a Ph.D. Program in COVID Times
Posted on Friday April 16, 2021

  By Swati Goel Approximately 187,000 students enroll in a Ph.D. program each year in the United States. My journey […]


The Built Environment: A Critical Part of the Healthcare Work System
Posted on Thursday April 01, 2021

by Anjali Joseph I started my work in healthcare design research more than 16 years ago as a doctoral student […]


Communicating Design at a Distance
Posted on Friday March 12, 2021

Image by Sara Kennedy By Lisa Hoskins What has it really been like in architectural practice, education, and research during […]


The Impact of the Environment on Clinician Burnout
Posted on Thursday January 14, 2021

By Sahar Mihandoust I have seen so many heart-breaking stories recently about healthcare workers across the world stretched to the […]


Navigating the Doctoral Journey
Posted on Friday December 11, 2020

by Rutali Joshi My journey as a doctoral student began a little over three years ago. Having completed a master’s […]


Technology for Aging in Place
Posted on Tuesday December 01, 2020

By Lisa Hoskins Aging in Place Many of us have been concerned for the health and safety of our elderly parents […]


Thinking about a PhD in Built Environment and Health? Seven things to consider.
Posted on Friday November 20, 2020

If I were to turn back time to exactly 20 years ago, I see my younger self trying to make sense of what she wanted to do with her life. In November 2000, I was in my third semester of graduate school at Kansas State University and I had realized that I loved environment and behavior research. Nothing excited me more than studying how Architecture impacted people’s behavior, their interactions with each other and their environment. My master’s work had whetted my appetite for built environment research and I began to explore PhD programs.


Clemson Architecture + Health Graduate Program – Interview with the Director
Posted on Thursday November 19, 2020

The Clemson A+H graduate program was formed in 1968 officially with a 10-year grant from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. The director, George Means, came to academia after working in architectural practice creating buildings associated with the federal Hill-Burton Act. The early years of the program centered around the formation of South Carolina’s community mental health plan after passage of the federal Community Mental Health Act. The studio supported the design of three community mental health facilities which are still in operation today, one of which was published in Architectural Record.