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The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) provides knowledge which supports the design of healthy environments by creating education and networking opportunities for members of – and those touched by – the health care architectural profession.

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Join us on 3/12/2024 for a live webinar on: Operating Room Design: Using an Evidence-Based Design Process

  • 1.  Join us on 3/12/2024 for a live webinar on: Operating Room Design: Using an Evidence-Based Design Process

    Posted 03-05-2024 03:41 PM
    Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW | Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 | 2-3 pm ET

    Operating Room Design: Using an Evidence-Based Design Process


    As health systems increasingly focus on leveraging the facility design process to improve patient outcomes and improve staff workflow, multidisciplinary design teams comprising architects, constructors, researchers, and operators are relying on current research to inform facility design decisions. Clemson University has engaged with health systems and architecture firms as part of a multi-year federally funded patient safety learning lab to design a safer and more ergonomic operating room. This work represents the most comprehensive evidence based on OR design and has resulted in an OR prototype that has been implemented in multiple health systems. This webinar shares how Clemson University has collaborated with health systems and design professionals to develop concepts for flexible and safe operating room layouts. This course will present an overview of the research process and how findings were implemented in real-world settings at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Emory Musculoskeletal Institute.

    Hosted by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health an AIA Knowledge Community.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Review the research that is influencing the design of the next generation of operating rooms and apply concepts to professional practice. 
    • Understand operating room configurations and their impact on patient safety and staff workflow. 
    • Understand how academic and professional practice can be integrated to drive research that influences healthcare design and promotes positive patient outcomes and staff wellbeing. 
    • Understand how the full cycle of the evidence-based design process can be implemented though two case studies. 


    Dr. Anjali Joseph, PHD, EDAC I Clemson University

    Professor of Architecture and Industrial Engineering

    Spartanburg Regional Health System Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design

    Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University

    Anjali Joseph

    David Allison, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB I Clemson University

    Alumni Distinguished Professor

    Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health

    School of Architecture, Clemson University 

    Faculty Fellow, Clemson University School of Health Research

    David Allison

    Dr. Scott T. Reeves, MD, MBA I Medical University of South Carolina

    Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

    Scott T. Reeves, MD
    Senior Design Researcher, Associate
    Rutali Joshi


    Thomas Bahr
    Project Architect
    Saint Louis, MO