Laurie Waggener

Research and Evidence - Based Design Director, WHR Architects, Inc.

Laurie has merged two careers in order to play an integral part in health facility design.  Her background in clinical management, interior design and design research enables her to provide knowledge driven solutions and specifications for multiple department types and service lines within the acute care and ambulatory care hospital setting. Laurie leads the efforts in the implementation of research based design through all phases of the healthcare facility design process as well coordinates original research at WHR Architects. Current research initiatives include clinical efficiency and quality improvement strategies through design, patient and staff safety through third party Health Facility Evaluation processes.
Current volunteer efforts include membership on the Research Coalition Committee for the Center for Health Design (CHD) where she serves on the committee for the selection for the annual New Investigator Award .  Membership to the CHD Journal Club committee produces quarterly webinars of behalf of the CHD.   Laurie also serves on a specialty subgroup for the 2014 publication of the Facility Guidelines Institute’s Health Guidelines Revision Committee.

 Before entering the design industry, Laurie served as technical director for respiratory care in a 520 bed hospital.  As a clinician and interior designer, she speaks nationally regarding the integration of empirical evidence to inform the design of clinical workplace settings for improved caregiver performance and clients’ patient care quality improvement strategies.