DSGW Architects increases staff of EDAC professionals


DSGW Architects is pleased to announce that Julie Spiering, Certified Interior Designer, Principal and Director of Interior Design, has earned her Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).

Evidence-Based Design is the process of basing healthcare facility planning and design decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible patient, staff and operational outcomes. Research evidence attests to the fact that the physical environment impacts patient stress, patient and staff safety, staff effectiveness and quality of care provided in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

“Using information based on research to make design decisions for space planning, furniture and other design features in healthcare facilities is important,” states Julie. “As the healthcare market continues to change, there’s an opportunity to re-evaluate hospital and clinic design. We need to consider how better design has the capability to improve patient and staff outcomes while achieving the client’s operational goals.”

In order to earn EDAC, Spiering passed a two-hour, 110-question multiple-choice exam. The exam’s five sections tested her on EBD in healthcare, the research process, the pre-design process, construction, and occupancy. The exam certifies a professional’s ability to practice the EBD process. Spiering is the second DSGW professional to achieve this certification.