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Online Learning Opportunities

Please join us as we continue the 2019 Online Learning series with the following presentation:

Diagnostic Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Hospital Gardens: Recent Research - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
Thursday, May 30th, 2019
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

ASLA Member: $40
Associate ASLA Member: $30
Student ASLA: $20
Nonmember: $165


Diagnostic post-occupancy evaluation (DPOE) is the most comprehensive strategy that evaluates the utilization of a space as compared to the original design goals and how they were translated into physical form. This presentation will introduce the scientific procedures, methodology, and application of DPOE strategy in evaluating hospital gardens’ environmental, social, and economic performances. Hospital garden spaces at two general acute care hospitals and one outpatient clinic were evaluated regarding the environmental aspects of the landscape performances, including stormwater management and tree benefits. For the social aspects, mixed methods were adopted to evaluate the levels of restorativeness for various garden areas using the Garden Assessment Tool for Evaluators (GATE) and behavior mapping techniques. Focus groups were also conducted at each hospital to further explore users’ behaviors, preferences, and satisfaction about the design of the gardens. This presentation will also discuss the spatial relationship between hospital buildings and gardens, and design features that could attract the most usage through cross-case analysis and comparisons.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the definition and meaning of diagnostic post-occupancy evaluation as a comprehensive evaluation strategy in hospital garden evaluations.
  • Learn to apply various evaluation instruments such as EPA and USDA’s toolkits, as well as the Garden Assessment Tool for Evaluators (GATE) audit tool, to evaluate hospital gardens’ environmental and social performances.
  • Understand that the location of a garden(s) on a medical campus and its spatial relationship to hospital buildings impact people’s behaviors and the usage of the interior and exterior public spaces.
  • Learn instrumental design suggestions that maximize the environmental, social, and economic benefits of healing gardens in hospital environments.

Naomi A. Sachs, PhD, ASLA, EDAC, Co-Editor, Health Environments Research & Design, Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University Department of Design and Environmental Analysis

Shan Jiang, PhD, MLA, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, Program Coordinator, Human and Community Development Program, School of Design and Community Development, West Virginia University

Kirsten Staloch, AIA Associate, LEED Green Associate, EDAC, Associate, HGA Architects & Engineers



Siyi He, Associate ASLA
Melody Tapia, BrightView

Recorded Presentations:

Learn at your own pace through ASLA’s recordings of past presentations, including a selection of education sessions from recent ASLA annual meetings. More than 100 Recorded Presentations are available for on-demand viewing. Once on the registration page, sign in with your ASLA member ID and password to receive the member discount.

Note: the live presentation above will be available as a recorded presentation within 5-7 business days after the live event.

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