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The role of evidence-based design in informing health-care architects

Fouad Jalal Mahmood (Department of Architecture Engineering, University of Sulaimani, Sulaimani City, Iraq)

Journal of Facilities Management

ISSN: 1472-5967

Article publication date: 1 February 2021

Issue publication date: 7 May 2021




This study aims to trace the relationship between the evidence-based design (EBD) process and decision-making during the architectural design process, the barriers to informing health-care architects and possible methods to overcome these barriers.


This study aims to explore the barriers to the EBD process during the design process by reviewing the relevant literature and future steps to overcome these barriers and support design decisions.


The study shows that EBD is a relevant, useful tool for providing evidence that positively affects design decisions. This study divides EBD barriers into simple barriers and complex barriers, depending on the nature of the barrier. Additionally, methods to overcome these barriers are discussed to ensure the best use of EBD findings with a significant impact on health-care design decisions, as they are core elements in informing architects, especially when combined with the traditional design process. This study investigates how likely it is for the EBD to contribute optimally to design decisions depending on architects’ skills and cooperation with researchers.


This study can apprize health-care architects of the need to consider the role of EBD in improving the quality of design decisions, and the importance of combining EBD with the traditional design process to implement optimal design decisions.



Mahmood, F.J. (2021), "The role of evidence-based design in informing health-care architects", Journal of Facilities Management, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 249-262.



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