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The faculty, as a composite, have professional practice experience (Carmel-Gilfilen; Bosch; Valipoor) and academic expertise in color theory (Portillo), design history and adaptive reuse (Cunningham), environmental-behavior (Bosch), healthcare (Bosch; Carmel-Gilfilen; Valipoor), lighting and environmental technology (Park), pedagogy (Carmel-Gilfilen; Meneely; Portillo), sustainability (Park; Valipoor), and technology (Meneely). Professor Carmel-Gilfilen and Park are LEED AP accredited; and Professor Bosch, Carmel-Gilfilen, Park and Valipoor are EDAC certified.
The faculty members have degrees in interior design, architecture, fine arts, historic preservation and psychology. All faculty remain current in their areas of expertise and are active in research, publication and presentations at national and international conferences. Several members of the faculty have been awarded teaching and mentoring accolades. Others have served as faculty advisors for students who garnered national design awards and scholarships
Improving Healthcare Quality and Safety through Design: Research has demonstrated that the physical environment is an important contributor to one’s experience in healthcare settings and can be an important tool for improving patient, family, and staff wellbeing. Working with diverse collaborators, we have investigated staff perceptions regarding the benefits of single-family neonatal intensive care unit design, family presence and family-to-patient interactions in an intensive care unit designed to support patient and family-engaged care, the influence of visibility on other health-related outcomes, and how design can improve the care experience for Veterans with mental health needs.
Enhancing the Quality of Life for Older Adults through Design: Globally, the population of persons 65 and older is on the rise. As we age, we often experience declining physical and cognitive performance, but improving the design of the physical environment may support our ability to live safely and with dignity. Our research has challenged the use of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements in situations where older adults need assistance transferring on and off of the toilet, and we have identified wayfinding strategies that can improve the travel experience for older adults.
Design to Improve Teaching and Learning Outcomes: Early research investigated the relationships between the design of K-12 educational settings on teaching and learning outcomes. Current research, funded by the American Society of Interior Designers, is investigating how mixed-use learning environments in higher education settings can best support individual and collaborative activities, as well as structured classes, with a particular focus on the millennial generation.
Candy Carmel-Gilfilen’s research is defined by interdisciplinary aspects that transverse design pedagogy, and holistic healthcare and applied security design.
Design Pedagogy and Student Development
Research in design pedagogy is guided by the Perry Scheme of Intellectual and Ethical Development which aims to identify patterns of thinking and learning that can be used to enhance classroom learning. Research to date has revealed a relationship between learner outcomes and student thought development suggesting that those with more advanced thinking generally had higher grades and greater educational experience in interior design. Future research is focused on determining strategies to propel students to the highest levels of development which encompass ethical dimensions and life choices with commitment. These studies provide rich data that can be used as case models to enhance teaching approaches thereby creating thought leaders in design.
Holistic Healthcare and Applied Security Design
Research in applied security design has emphasized the potential of the physical environment to create secure environments via a holistic approach.
Field research with two leading big-box retailers uncovered specific strategies that marry design and security techniques including natural surveillance, access control, and strategic placement of fixtures and cash wraps. These tenants of design security have been expanded to the healthcare environment to create secure, human-centered spaces for patients, family members, and staff. Ongoing research and creative scholarship continues in studios funded by Herman Miller. This model informs pedagogical strategies that enhance student learning experiences and promote empathetic design within education. Further, strategies to cultivate human-centered design steeped in research and collaboration can be promoted in design education to inform, educate, and influence invested leaders in healthcare.
The overarching mission of Dr. Park’s research is to optimize well-being, health, and human behavior through the design of the built environment. Under this umbrella, her research has developed into four content areas including lighting environments, environmental design for special needs populations, effect of culture on design, and sustainable design. These interlocking themes build upon each other to holistically understand the broader spectrum of human-environment relationships within the built environment. Theories of environment-behavior and social psychology thread together in her research program, which employs a mixed methods design. Building on a human-centered approach, her lighting research has extended to study on supportive and inclusive environments, through the lens of focusing on the needs of diverse populations including immigrants, the elderly, at-risk newborns, persons with ADHD, and children through adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Environmental design for special needs populations
Effect of culture on design
Environmental and social sustainability
info about research.
|Valipoor, S., Pati, D., Stock, M., & Bazuin, D. Safer Chairs for Elderly Patients: Design Evaluation Using Electromyography and Force Measurements. Manuscript submitted for publication.
|Pati, D., Valipoor, S., Cloutier, A., Yang, J., Freier, P., Harvey, T., & Lee, J. (2017). Physical Design Factors Contributing to Patient Falls. Journal of Patient Safety. doi:10.1097/PTS.0000000000000339.
|Pati, D., Gaines, K., & Valipoor, S. (2016). Delivering Rural Health in a Changing Health Model: A Qualitative Study Involving Four Hospitals. Health Environment Research & Design Journal (HERD), 10(1), 76-86.
|Cloutier, A., Yang, J., Pati, D., & Valipoor, S. (2016). Experimental Identification of Potential Falls in Older Adult Hospital Patients. Journal of Biomechanics, 49(7), 1016-1020.
|Valipoor, S., & Pati, D. (2016). Making Your Instruments Work for You. Health Environment Research & Design Journal (HERD), 9(3), 236-243.
|Pati, D., Freier, P., O’Boyle, M., Amor, C., & Valipoor, S. (2016). The Impact of Simulated Nature on Patient Outcomes: A Study of Photographic Sky Compositions. Health Environment Research & Design Journal (HERD), 9(2), 36-51.
|Pati, D., O’Boyle, M., Amor, C., Jiancheng, H., Valipoor, S., & Fang, D. (2014). Neural Correlates of Nature Stimuli: An fMRI Study. Health Environment Research & Design Journal (HERD), 7(2), 9-28.|