The Center for Health Systems & Design (CHSD) is a pioneering healthcare design research organization. We focus on evidence-based design and planning of health facilities and healthy communities. 

CHSD has been identified as the model for the future of scholarship at Texas A&M. Our innovative interdisciplinary and industry collaborations have set us apart as leaders in the research space both within and beyond healthcare design.

Our Research

The Center’s research interests include the: 

  • Effects of stress on patients’ health and well-being
  • Design of indoor and outdoor healing environments
  • Impact of design on infection control

Learn about our research

Our People

Texas A&M University’s Center for Health Systems & Design is home to the world’s largest collection of interdisciplinary faculty, students, and affiliated professionals committed to research and education about environments for healthcare.

Meet our people

Our History

Established in 1984 as the Center for Health Systems & Technology, the center began as an interdisciplinary research center housed in the College of Medicine. It originally focused on transferring technology developed by other disciplines into healthcare design.

The center was renamed the Center for Health Systems & Design when its administrative home was transferred to the College of Architecture in 1994. 


How can I view past lectures?

At this time, we don’t have a library of previous lectures. We hope to add this in the future.

How can I get the latest news and information from the center?

We distribute an email newsletter each semester with the latest news from faculty, students and Health Industry Advisory Council (HIAC) member firms.

To subscribe to the CHSD newsletter, please send your email address to

How can I submit information for the CHSD newsletter?

CHSD faculty fellows, HIAC member firms, students in the certificate program, and SHEA members may all submit news for the newsletter.

Who funds the center?

CHSD receives an annual allocation from the School of Architecture for operating expenses. Other funding comes from membership dues from the Health Industry Advisory Council (HIAC) members.