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Byron Edwards, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP at Clemson University Clemson SC

Byron Edwards, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP

Professor of Practice
College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

Contact: byrone@clemson.edu


Who is Professor Edwards?

Byron has over 35 years of experience in Healthcare Facilities Planning and Design. He is a certified ACHA Healthcare Architect, and is actively involved in a number of committees for the American Institute of Architect’s Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA/AHA), including the South Atlantic Regional Healthcare Chautauqua and the Research Initiatives Committee, for both of which he is a founding member. He is an affiliate member of the Center for Health Design (CHD) and actively involved with the Knowledge Repository as a reviewer, and was recently appointed to the Research Coalition. In keeping with his interest in both sustainability and research-based practice, Byron is a LEED accredited professional and a Certified Evidence-Based Design professional (EDAC).

Since joining the Clemson University Architecture + Health Studio in the spring of 2014, he and his graduate students have been involved with several service projects related to healthcare, including an infirmary and nurse’s residence for Camp Hope, a GHS-sponsored housing and wellness community for Greenville’s frail and elderly, a comprehensive cancer center, conceptual planning for GHS’s Patewood campus, an orthopedic surgery center for MUSC in Charleston, and most recently “healthy community” plan for a proposed wellness district in Boone, NC.

How is Professor Edwards’ research is transforming health care

Byron’s interest in research has always been centered in design practice. His graduate thesis, entitled “Birthing Place,” focused on ways to makes environments for healthcare more healing and less frightening for the patients, families, and staff of delivery rooms. For the last 35 years he has continued to support this vision by advocating for research-based design and chairing the American Institute of Architects’ research initiatives committee to initiate the Case Studies Library. This library allocates funding for award-winning design projects that allow practitioners to learn from each other’s work and promote more timely application of research findings to real-world consulting for the improvement of healthcare systems.


Health Research Expertise Keywords

EDAC, Evidence-based design, Research-based design, Case studies, Healthy community planning, Healing environments, Healthcare facilities design, Patient-centered care, Family-centered care, Sustainable environments, Ergonomic design, Ergonomics