Hamilton co-authors new book
detailing evidence-based design


A new book co-authored by D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, associate professor of architecture at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, introduces professional designers to the concept of evidence-based design, with case studies showing how such an approach can lead to successful outcomes with a variety of building projects.

Hamilton, associate director of the college’s Center for Health Systems & Design, co-wrote the book, “Evidence-Based Design for Multiple Building Types,” with David H. Watkins, FAIA.

The authors “have written this enlightening book showcasing the process and products of evidence-based design, a practice that should be in the top drawer of every architect's toolkit,” wrote Christine McEntee, executive vice president and chief executive officer of The American Institute of Architects.

After providing guidelines for the process of evidence-based design, Hamilton and Watkins detail how it can be applied in projects as varied as hospitals, schools, offices, retail stores, and performance spaces.

Examples of how design affects a workers’ productivity or a student’s ability to learn and achieve are also presented.

“Evidence-based design sounds a clarion call for more rigor in the knowledge-based practice of creating the built environment, as well as stronger collaboration and sharing of knowledge between client and designer. I can't think of two people more qualified to have taken on this topic," said McEntee.

The book is available on the amazon.com website.

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