Zimring lectures on evidence-based design

Craig Zimring, environmental psychologist and professor of architecture at Georgia Tech, will lecture on evidence-based design (EBD) as part of the Ellerbe Becket Optimal Healing Environments Lecture Series sponsored by the University's Center for Spirituality & Healing.

Zimring's lecture, entitled "Evidence-Based Design: What Do We Really Know?," (.pdf; 196Kb) takes place Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 4:00-5:30 p.m., at the Mayo Memorial Auditorium. A reception follows. The event is free, but registration is required online or by calling 612-624-9459.

The evidence-based design process uses research, previous project evaluations, and operational evidence from clients to plan, design, and construct commercial buildings. EBD is especially appropriate in healthcare environments because of the attendant high stakes, safety issues, a desire to improve patient outcomes, and a natural parallel to evidence-based medicine.

Prior to his lecture, Zimring will engage in dialog with students in the senior interior design class on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 10-11 a.m., in 274 McNeal Hall. Zimring will address collaborative work in healthcare practice and how EBD is integrated into the design process. Space permitting, the conversation is open to all members of the College of Design and Center for Spirituality & Healing communities.

Questions about the morning session should be directed to Caren Martin (Interior Design), cmartin@umn.edu or 612-624-5318.