The aims of this study are to assess architects' priorities and preferences when designing hospital wards and to explore how their priorities might differ as a consequence of their previous spatial experience as patients in hospital wards and their familiarity with relevant policies and guidance. It also examines the use of a relatively new method in architectural research: conjoint analysis. We used choice-based conjoint analysis, together with hierarchical Bayes estimation, to assess the utilities assigned to 10 ward design criteria, which were elicited from experts in hospital design. A sample of 119 chartered architects in the United Kingdom completed the web-based survey. The results suggest that the top priority of architects designing hospital wards is to create a view to a nature landscape, followed by good surveillance from nurses and easy access to sanitary facilities. We show that conjoint analysis is a valuable tool for understanding the architectural priorities of professional designers.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Journal of Architectural and Planning Research|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
- Urban Studies