Evidence-Based Design

Evidence-Based Design (EBD) is the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes. As an EDAC-Advocate Firm, Skyline Art utilizes the Center for Health Design (CHD) as a tool and resource to promote EBD and to challenge our peers and colleagues to become EDAC-certified industry professionals.

A large and growing body of evidence demonstrates that the built environment influences our mental and physical well-being, as well as our cognition, behavior, communication, and social connection. Skyline Art makes informed decisions about artwork selection, placement, and integration based on the principle that the environment of care is a tool, not just a vessel, for integrated healthcare delivery.

Informed choices lead to better outcomes, including reduced stress, reduced perception of pain, and speedier recovery. Some outcomes are harder to measure but no less significant: greater resiliency, connection to self and others, and healing experiences like contemplation, curiosity, and remembrance. More practically, we understand the healthcare environment’s unique needs related to health, safety, and welfare, observing ADA requirements, and making sure works of art won’t compromise infection-control, among other considerations.

What makes us different

As part of the Skyline Signature Experience, we share this expertise with our clients.

Skyline Art draws on a critical and multi-disciplinary assessment of current research, first observing that the current body of evidence supporting the benefits of artworks and art programs in healthcare environments has a lot of room to grow, so far leaving many questions unanswered, and even more questions simply unasked.

Given that EBD is a process, not a set of guidelines or standards, Skyline Art is not limited to a set of predefined specifications for artwork. On the contrary, our clients have greater choices in medium, subject, and style.

Finally, Skyline Art has successfully translated its understanding of healing art into other building types, including corporate offices and public spaces, supporting workplace excellence and job satisfaction while safeguarding health and welfare.