Call for Papers

Journal of Interior Design
Design for Healthcare: Nurturing a systems view of design process and product
Special Journal Issue
Sponsored by the

Journal of Interior Design
Under the auspices of
Interior Design Educators Council

Healthcare delivery and the environments that support it are changing. Driven by multiple social, technological and health service reforms, design opportunities for improving healthcare no longer reside exclusively in the hospital setting, but begin at the bedside and extend to outpatient care and to the community. Meaningful healthcare reform will require deep transformation of the healthcare delivery system to ensure a value-based delivery system that improves the patient and family experience, eliminates medical errors, protects and enhances caregiver well-being, and facilitates a value-added approach to the design of healthcare processes and places.

Input from health design research continues to be a critical factor in informing the design of appropriate healing environments. However, we have only begun to develop a knowledge base. We invite healthcare professionals from every perspective in the system – health administrators, designers, facilities managers, ergonomists, engineers – to explore the myriad of forces shaping reforms and to examine what these changes will mean for facilities and delivery systems in the future including:

  1. How might interior design foster new levels of integrative communication and service including cross-functional care teams to reduce errors and enhance quality of care?
  2. What new evidence-based design strategies and methods can be used to reveal critical links between human-centered design and quality of care—such as designing to reduce infections, reduce patient falls, and shorten length of stay?
  3. How can designers support staff and caregiver health through ergonomic design, space planning, and the behavioral and psychological considerations that impact high stress, clinical professionals?
  4. What are the new and evolving roles for design as patient care moves away from episodic care within hospitals to a broader spectrum of delivery systems and places within the community?
  5. How can design help reduce costs and add value to current systems and approaches of delivery?
  6. What is the role of interior design in health specialties, such as behavioral health and global health design?

Various paper types are welcome including structured literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative studies, and rigorous theory and methods papers. Studies that demonstrate the link to practice are of particular interest and collaborations between academics and practitioners are encouraged.


The submission portal for the Special Issue on Healthcare Design is March 1. However, this is a soft deadline and we will continue to review/accept papers on a rolling basis until the special issue slots are filled. We do encourage you to submit as soon as possible. Those papers not accepted for the special issue will be automatically forwarded to the Editor-in-Chief for consideration in subsequent regular issues.


March 2017- Publication of Special issue on Healthcare Design. (Depending on quality and quantity of submissions, JID may publish a second issue in June.)


For questions regarding the call for papers, submission deadlines, or anything related to the content of the Special Issue contact Mardelle Shepley at Please put “JID Healthcare Issue” in the subject line.



Authors should follow the author guidelines found on JID’s website at Wiley Blackwell. (

Technical questions regarding the submission of documents through the ScholarOne website should be addressed to Jeremy Bolton, Editorial Assistant, (

Contributions should be in the form of a 5-6,000-word scholarly paper with up to 8 images and a 250-word abstract formatted in APA or Chicago Manual of Style. The paper should be an original contribution that includes a purpose, objectives or issues to be explored, method of inquiry, context, discussion, and conclusions. Authors must submit papers via the ScholarOne Manuscripts system on the JID website (

Papers must be original work of the author or authors and are not being considered for publication in other journals. Submissions may be checked for originality using plagiarism-detection software.

The Journal of Interior Design is a scholarly, refereed publication dedicated to issues related to the design of the interior environment. Scholarly inquiry representing the entire spectrum of interior design theory, research, education and practice is invited. Submissions are encouraged from educators, designers, anthropologists, architects, historians, psychologists, sociologists, or others interested in interior design.

Mardelle  Shepley, Ph.D.
Dr. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, B.A., M.Arch., M.A., D.Arch., is a professor at Cornell University in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. She is currently an Associate Director of the Healthy Futures Institute at Cornell University. Mardelle is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects and the American College of Healthcare Architects. She is LEED accredited and EDAC certified.

Dr. Shepley has authored/co-authored five books, including Healthcare Environments for Children and their Families (1998), A Practitioner’s Guide to Evidence-based Design (2008), Design for Critical Care (2009), Health Facility Evaluation for Design Practitioners (2010) and Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care (2014). Her papers have been published in Healthcare Management Review, Indoor and Built Environment, Journal of Perinatology, Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, Health Environments Design & Research, World Health Design, Children, Youth & Environments, Journal of Housing for the Elderly, Building Research Information, Evidence-based Medicine, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Journal of Interior Design, Child Health Care, Senor Housing & Care, Environment & Behavior, Perceptual & Motor Skills, among other peer-reviewed venues. To enhance the link between research and practice, Dr. Shepley worked 15 years in practice and has served as a consultant to architectural firms regularly since 2000. She is founder of ART+Science, design research consultants. 

Sheila Danko, MID
Sheila Danko is professor and chair of the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University. Her multi-disciplinary design background includes formal training in architecture, industrial, graphic, and interior design. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of design and leadership. Her goal is to expand the everyday concept of design beyond material artifact to include an understanding of how design process and product can be a tool for transformational leadership and social change across a variety of disciplines. Her work blends creativity theory, strategic business planning, and socially responsible design to create a whole systems view of design leadership. Her most recent work uses narrative inquiry to link creative workplace design with emerging theories of authentic leadership. 

Professor Danko was named a J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship for her research entitled Values-led Entrepreneurship by Design. She has received many industry, academic and fellowship awards including best paper at the International Entrepreneurship and Training conference in the UK for her work reframing entrepreneurship as a social change agent; a Bronze Award in the IFI/Nagoya International Design Competition, Japan for her submission entitled Restorative Composites which proposed anew line of architectural finishes using recycled textile waste; and a Polsky Endowment for her study in creative design process and its linkages to design education. Before coming to Cornell she worked as a design consultant for major corporations including Herman Miller and Herman Miller Research, Dansk International Design and Corning Medical and Scientific.

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