Dr. Debajyoti Pati serves as associate professor in the Department of Design. He has more than 23 years' experience in research, practice and teaching in the United States, Canada and India. Professor Pati has spent most of his professional life examining the influences of the built environment on people and processes. His areas of interest include:
He has published widely on performance-based design in the health care and criminal justice sectors, writing for books, scientific articles, and industry publications. He served as the vice president and director of research for HKS Architects, an international health care design firm, before moving to Texas Tech.
Professor Pati was voted as one of the 25 most influential people in health care design in 2009 and 2010. He also received the Best International Research Project award by the International Academy for Design & Health, Stockholm, in 2009 and 2010. He has served as a juror/reviewer at the national level, including for the National Science Foundation, Center for Health Design, Design: Environment for Aging showcase, Healthcare Design Architectural Showcase, Healthcare Design Remodel Renovation Showcase, EDRA's Placemaker Accreditation Exploratory Committee, and ParticiPlace2011 at the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Pati is a fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects, executive director of the Center for Advanced Design Research & Evaluation (CADRE), member of the Research Coalition at the Center for Health Design, life member of the Indian Society for Technical Education, and chair of the Evidence-Based Design research group at the Health Environments Research Summit.
He holds a Ph.D. in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.