Architecture reflects and creates human experience. It operates at multiple scales (from object, to room, to building and site, to city) and impacts individual experience and behavior, organizational functioning, and cultural patterns. A growing multidisciplinary area of evidence-based design is applying rigorous quantitative and qualitative research methods to understanding these relationships, teaching and applying results to design in order to solve important social problems.
The PhD Concentration in Evidence-Based Design draws on the research programs of faculty inside and outside the College of Architecture to create the critical evidence base and to apply it to emerging problems from courthouses that are secure and reflect the transparency of United States justice, to buildings and sites that promote health and physical activity, to healthcare settings that are higher quality, safer, more efficient, and more patient-centered.
Students in the PhD Concentration in Evidence-Based Design develop a deep knowledge of research methods through multidisciplinary coursework and participation in important research projects. In addition, students become experts in a problem area such as health design. Graduates have gone on to senior positions in academia, design firms, and non-profits, including serving as directors of research in major multinational architectural firms.
The PhD Concentration in Evidence-Based Design is distinguished by a particularly wide range of educational and research opportunities, and the ability to link research with education, practice, and policy-making. Students draw on courses within the College of Architecture, as well as in Psychology, Mechanical Engineering, Health Systems Engineering, Applied Physiology, City and Regional Planning, and other disciplines. Faculty and students are actively engaged in research funded by the National Institute of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Military Health System, the Global Health and Safety Initiative, and other sponsors. Most students have the opportunity enrich their research agenda through teaching. Faculty and students work with designers, researchers, policy-makers, and clinicians in design firms, large healthcare systems, consulting firms, and collaborators in other departments at Georgia Tech and other top universities. These studies lead to publications, dissertations, design input, and significant policy impacts.