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Healthier, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods are goal of TAMU professors' walkability research

Research eyes neighborhood walkability

posted August 16, 2013
Two Texas A&M College of Architecture professors who are researching how urban design can encourage, rather than impede, physical activity and help combat sedentary lifestyles.
Ph.D. student’s new book offers healing garden design resource

Student writes healing garden design book

posted June 7, 2013
A new comprehensive evidence-based guide for designing healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes for healthcare facilities was co-authored by Naomi Sachs, a Ph.D. architecture student at Texas A&M.
Students create designs for children's healthcare facility

Students unveil children's health facility designs

posted April 22, 2013
Six design proposals for a 153,000 square-foot children’s outpatient health center in historic downtown Richmond, Va., will be unveiled by Texas A&M senior environmental design students at a 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 24.
Study yields tool for optimizing nursing workflow in hospitals

Study provides tool to help optimize nursing workflow

posted February 25, 2013
An design efficiency checklist for medical facilities developed by researchers provides solutions for flawed floor plans that can contribute to medical staff fatigue, cause distractions that hinder patient-care and potentially result in higher medical costs.
Multidisciplinary effort produces veteran treatment center designs

Treatment center designs aid PTSD, head-injured vets

posted February 20, 2013
Treatment centers that can be quickly constructed to treat veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder were designed last fall in a multidisciplinary studio at the Texas A&M College of Architecture.
CHSD faculty fellow leads effort to modernize Nigerian health care

Effort eyes upgrade for Nigerian state's health care service

posted February 12, 2013
A world-class system aimed at modernizing the delivery of health care in the Nigerian state of Akwa Ibon was developed with leadership from the Ustawi Research Institute, headed by Macharia Waruingi, a faculty fellow at the Center for Health Systems & Design.
CHSD faculty fellow promotes family vegetable gardening

Texas Grow! Eat! Go! initiative promotes vegetable gardening

posted February 5, 2013
The “Texas Grow! Eat! Go!” family gardening initiative is part of an obesity study headed by Judy Warren, a faculty fellow at the College of Architecture's Center for Health Systems & Design.
Ph.D. student tells design blogger about nature’s healing powers

Ph.D. student touts nature's healing power in interview

posted January 24, 2013
There’s an unmistakable link between nature and wellness for people everywhere, whether they’re at work, at home, or in a healthcare facility, said Naomi Sachs, a Ph.D. architecture student at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, in an architecture blog.
Architecture students collaborate on Chinese cancer center design

Collaboration yields Chinese cancer center designs

posted November 27, 2012
This fall, graduate Texas A&M architecture students collaborated with their counterparts at the University of Oklahoma and Southeast University in Nanjing, China to develop a campus master plan for a 27-acre, cancer center and 300-bed cancer rehabilitation hospital in Hainan Island, China.
Walkable community’s influence on physical activity investigated

Zhu heading physical activity study project

posted October 23, 2012
A research project examining the effect of pedestrian and activity-friendly communities on residents’ health led by Xuemei Zhu, assistant professor of architecture, is part of a new American Institute of Architects’ initiative to fund projects leading to design solutions addressing challenges in public health.
Scott & White selects student's garden design for new hospital

Hospital to build student's healing garden design

posted October 12, 2012
A contemplative space featuring a water fountain and aromatic flora designed by Yucheng Wang, a Master of Landscape Architecture student, was the winning proposal for a healing garden in the new Scott & White Hospital in College Station.
URS Ph.D program planning open house for prospective students

Urban science Ph.D program sets open house Oct. 21-23

posted September 26, 2012
Prospective students can learn more about Texas A&M’s Urban and Regional Science doctoral program during an Oct. 21-23 open house, to be held in conjunction with the 14th annual College of Architecture Research Symposium: Natural, Built, Virtual.
Speakers to discuss global  healthcare facility design

Arch-For-Health lecture series at Texas A&M

posted August 27, 2012
Designing healthcare facilities in today’s world of accelerating change, uncertain economies and a growing population is the subject of this fall’s Architecture-For-Health lecture series at Texas A&M.
Ph.D. student tapped to represent Jordan in global health care group

Jordanian doctoral student to serve on international group

posted August 8, 2012
Shireen Kanakri, a Ph.D. architecture student at Texas A&M, will represent her native country, Jordan, as member of the International Union of Architects’ Public Health Group, an organization that promotes building design that contributes to patient healing.
Acoustics’ impact on autistic children focus of Ph.D. study

Study eyes impact of acoustics on autistic

posted July 31, 2012
The impact of acoustics on autistic students’ learning is being studied by Shireen Kanakri, a Ph.D. architecture student at Texas A&M. Planning and designing a classroom to address the auditory sensitivity of autistic students is critical, she said, but there has been little architectural research in this area.