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Dr. Xiaobo Quan


Texas A&M University
PhD, Architecture

Southeast University,
Master of Architecture

Southeast University
Bachelor of Architecture



Curriculum Vitae

C.V. (PDF)


Dr. Xiaobo Quan is a researcher, educator, and designer specialized in evidence-based design of health and healthcare environments, with more than twenty-five years of experience in both academy and industry. 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 healthcare providers, design firms, and other organizations in the continuous improvement of health environment through design and evaluation and in the education of current and future practitioners. He 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, healthcare worker safety, patient satisfaction, environments for aging, healthcare sustainability, work efficiency, population health, and cost-effectiveness. Previously, Dr. Quan was Professor of Practice and director of the Center for Health Research & Design at Washington University in St. Louis, and Senior Researcher at the Center for Health Design in Concord, California, and Karlsberger Companies in Columbus, OH.

Dr. Quan is also an experienced architect with years of professional design work. He holds a doctoral degree in architecture and a Certificate in Health Systems & Design from Texas A&M University. He earned a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Southeast University in Nanjing, China. He worked as an architect at East China Architectural Design & Research Institute and Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Group.

Dr. Quan received multiple research, design, and academic awards, including an Excellence in Scholarship Award from the Interior Design Educator’s Council in 2018.

Professional Credentials

Class One Registered Architect in China (2000-present).

Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (2008-present).


The Interior Design Educator’s Council Journal of Interior Design Excellence in Scholarship Award, 2018.

First Prize, Year 2000 Urban & Rural Affordable Housing International Competition, Beijing, China, 1996.

Selected Publications

Quan, X., Joseph, A., Nanda, U. (2017). Developing Evidence-based Tools for Designing and Evaluating
Hospital Inpatient Rooms. Journal of Interior Design, 42(1), 19–38.

Quan, X., Joseph, A., Nanda, U., Moyano-Smith, O., Kanakri, S., Ancheta, C., Loveless, E. A. (2016).
Improving pediatric radiography patient stress, mood, and parental satisfaction through positive
environmental distractions: A randomized control trial. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 31(1), e11-22.

Joseph, A., Choi, Y., Quan, X. (2015). Impact of the physical environment of residential health, care, and
support facilities (RHCSF) on staff and residents: A systematic review of the literature. Environment &
Behavior, 48(10), 1203-1241.

Joseph, A., Quan, X., Keller, A., Taylor, E., Nanda, U., & Hua, Y. (2014). Building a knowledge base for evidence-based healthcare facility design through a post-occupancy evaluation toolkit. Intelligent Buildings International, 6(3), 155-169.

Quan, X., Geboy, L., Ginsberg, R., & Bosch, S. (2009, 2010, 2014). Building the evidence base: Understanding research in healthcare design (1st, 2nd, 3rd ed.). Concord, CA: The Center for Health Design.

Quan, X., Joseph, A., & Ensign, J. C. (2012). The impact of radiology room environment: Staff job stress and satisfaction, patient satisfaction, and willingness to recommend. Healthcare Environments Research & Design Journal, 5(2), 61-79.