Ulrich, Hamilton featured in magazine
article relating design to patient health


The Texas A&M College of Architecture was prominently featured in “A New Therapy for America’s Aging Hospitals,” an article posted on the Miller-McCune magazine website July 27, 2008.

In the article, author Barbara Hesselgrave cites a study by Roger Ulrich, professor of architecture at Texas A&M, and Craig Zimring, professor of architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, maintaining that health facility design can help reduce medical error, improve staff performance and make patients healthier.

The study was published in the Health Environments Research & Design Journal, edited by Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA, associate professor of architecture and fellow and associate director of the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M.

“We don’t pretend that the physical environment is more important than good surgeons (or) pharmaceuticals or even as important as the caring touch of a nurse,” Hamilton told Hesselgrave. “But, if the evidence is there, the facility design does function as a treatment modality.”

Hesseslgrave’s story is available at

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