Xiaobo Quan

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  • Associate Professor of Architecture

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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 engages with healthcare providers, design firms, and other organizations in the continuous improvement of health environments through design and evaluation and in the education of current and future design practitioners. He leads multidisciplinary collaborative efforts in using rigorous empirical research methods to improve built environment design for human health and experience, evaluating design innovations, and creating tools and other resources for applying research-based knowledge in design optimization.  

He publishes and presents widely at national and international venues as well as peer-reviewed journals on healthcare and design 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.  

Dr. Quan is also an experienced architect with years of professional design work. Previously, Dr. Quan worked at University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Center for Health Design in Concord, CA, as well as design firms in the U.S. and China. He holds a doctoral degree in architecture and a Certificate in Health Systems & Design from Texas A&M University. He earned his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Southeast University in Nanjing, China. 

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

Selected Publications

  • Quan, X. (2023). Improving ambulatory surgery environments: The effects on patient preoperative anxiety, perception, and noise. Healthcare Environments Research & Design Journal,16(2), 73-88 

  • Quan, X., & Gopukumar, D. (2023). Use of claims data to predict the inpatient length of stay among U.S. stroke patients. Informatics in Medicine Unlocked, 42, 101337.  

  • Alansari, A. E. & Quan, X. (2022). Designing high-performance emergency care facilities against COVID-19. International Journal of Design in Society, 16(2), 91-113. 

  • Alansari, A. E. & Quan, X. (2022). Designing a cardiac intensive care unit through employing an evidence-based design approach. International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, 17(2), 61-81.  

  • 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.