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Center for Health Systems & Design

The Center for Health Systems & Design is a pioneering healthcare design research organization based at the Texas A&M University College of Architecture. It strives to create a stimulating atmosphere focusing on the effects of facility design and planning on the healthcare experience. With the objective of producing environments that promote well-being, the Center coordinates with representatives of the healthcare design industry in the United States and throughout the world and reaches out to other programs who share the same goals. The Center’s research interests include the effects of stress on patients’ health and well-being, the design of indoor and outdoor healing environments, and the impact of design on infection control. 

Recognizing the endless opportunities in health facility design and research, the Center is committed to inspiring and supporting its students, faculty fellows and associated professionals. Its representatives support health-related research and design projects and conduct myriad professional and academic initiatives at Texas A&M University including curriculum development, a weekly lecture series, the annual First Look research colloquium, and the Health Industry Advisory Council. The successful collaboration with other University programs has led to broadening of the curriculum which now includes units of study from public health and preventive medicine, healthcare economics, and medical sociology. 

The Center’s efforts have engaged the active participation of the health design community in a common mission of providing better healthcare environments.

The Center for Health Systems & Design is currently housed in Scoates Hall, first floor, room 125.



A. Ray Pentecost III



Center for Health Systems & Design



Zhipeng Lu, PH.D, LEED AP BD+C

Associate Director

Center for Health Systems & Design