Clemson architecture professor Anjali Joseph stands in Lee Hall on Clemson's campus.

Anjali Joseph
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CLEMSON — Healthcare Design magazine has named Anjali Joseph, Clemson University’s Spartanburg Regional Health System Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, a “HCD 10” award-winner for her research contributions to the health care field over the past year.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be recognized for my accomplishments as the 2018 researcher of the year,” said Joseph. “I am passionate about contributing to the physical, psychological and emotional health of all people through rigorous and meaningful research that leads to innovation in the design of the built environment. I am fortunate to work with amazing faculty and students at Clemson and our partner organizations to fulfill this mission. “

Healthcare Design’s “HCD 10” honors industry standouts in 10 categories for their contributions to the field annually. Others honored include premiere architects and designers from across the country.

“Clemson’s School of Architecture is so proud of Dr. Joseph’s accomplishments, and so pleased that she has been recognized with this well-deserved and prestigious honor,” said Kate Schwennsen, director of the School of Architecture. “She is an exceptional person, collaborator, teacher and research leader. Her innovative research on improving the design of health care environments is making a meaningful difference for us all.”

Joseph is the first Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research at Clemson. In 2015, Joseph and a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinical specialists received a research grant from the Agency for He­­althcare Research and Quality to create a learning lab focused on the design of a safer, more ergonomic hospital operating room.

Image of Scott Reeves and Anjali Joseph in the high-fidelty mockup.

MUSC’s Scott Reeves and Clemson’s Anjali Joseph view the high-fidelity mockup on display in the Clemson Design Center of Charleston
Image Credit: MUSC

Earlier this year, the joint research team unveiled a high-fidelity, mockup of the operating room based on their findings. The first-of-its-kind project covers three specific areas of research designed to improve patient care and efficiency in a future design: unmasking of anesthesia–related alarms and communications, traffic flow and door openings, and an integrated operating room suite design.

“Anjali’s work will establish guidelines for safer, more effective surgery environments that will be beneficial for the industry at large. And even though still in progress, there’s already been a huge dissemination of her work, even making it into The Wall Street Journal,” said Jennifer Silvis, Healthcare Design’s editor-in-chief.  “It’s a major accomplishment to have research like this featured so prominently, be part of such a major funding effort and be so meaningful overall. Plus, Anjali is mentoring the next generation of researchers along the way. We’re thrilled to recognize you for this work.”

The winners will be featured in Healthcare Design magazine’s September issue and will be celebrated during the HCD Forum taking place Sept. 5-7 in Park City, Utah. They will also be recognized during the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference Nov. 10-13 in Phoenix, Arizona.