Xiaobo Quan, PhD

Professor of Practice, Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; Director, Center for Health Research and Design, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

With more than ten years’ experience in health research and design, Dr. Quan leads multidisciplinary collaborative efforts in using rigorous empirical research methods to examine the impact of the built environment on human behaviors and health outcomes, evaluating design innovations, and creating tools and other resources for applying research-based knowledge in design optimization. He engages with health-care providers, design firms, and other organizations in the continuous improvement of the health environment through design and evaluation and in the education of current and future design practitioners. Dr. Quan publishes and presents widely at national and international venues as well as peer-reviewed journals in healthcare and design on research topics including healthcare-associated infection prevention, medication error, and patient fall reduction, staff safety, patient satisfaction, health care sustainability, work efficiency, population health, and cost effectiveness. He is also an experienced architect with years of professional work in the U.S. and China.