Texas Tech University

Debajyoti Pati, Ph.D.

Professor, Rockwell Endowment Chair
Interior Design

Email: d.pati@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-0850

Office: HS 103A


Dr. Debajyoti Pati has over 34 years of experience in research, practice, and teaching in the United States, Canada, and India. He earned his doctoral degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has published widely on performance based design in the healthcare and criminal justice sectors, in the form of book/book chapters, scientific articles, and industry publications. He served as the vice president and director of research of HKS Architects, a leading international healthcare design firm, before moving to Texas Tech in 2011.Dr. Pati was twice voted among the 25 most influential people in healthcare design. He has received numerous awards for research excellence, including from the Environmental Design Research Association; Interior Design Educators Council; International Interior Design Association; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; International Academy for Design and Health; NURTURE, Georgia Tech, and Texas Tech. He has served as a juror/reviewer at the national/international level including at the National Science Foundation; University of Michigan Precision Health; Center for Health Design; Environmental Design Research Association; Epidemic Urbanism Initiative; Design & Health World Congress; Health Design Product Innovation Award; Healthcare Design Architectural and Interior Design Showcase; American Society of Interior Designers; Environments for Aging showcase.Dr. Pati is currently serving as the Chair, Building Research Council, National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, DC.; Editorial Board, Health Environments Research & Design Journal; Director, North America Chapter, International Academy for Design and Health; International Advisory Board, Swiss Center for Design and Health, Switzerland; and on the Distinguished Experts Panel, Global Education Policy Network, Saudi Arabia. He is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects.

Debajyoti Pati

Research Focus

Dr. Pati's work examines the influences of the built environment on people and processes. His areas of interest include healthcare, judicial facilities, healthy environments, sustainability, public architecture, performance-based design, organizational learning, and developing indicators of facility performance.


Top 5 Most Cited Publications [Debajyoti Pati h-index 23]:Debajyoti Pati and Lesa Lorusso. (2018). How to write a systematic review of the literature. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 11(1), 15-30.Debajyoti Pati, Thomas Harvey and Paul Barach. (2008). Relationships between Exterior Views and Nurse Stress: An Exploratory Examination. Health Environments Research and Design Journal, 1(2), 27-38.Debajyoti Pati, Thomas Harvey and Carolyn Cason. (2008). Inpatient Unit Flexibility: Design Characteristics of a Successful Flexible Unit. Environment and Behavior, 40(2), 205-232.Debajyoti Pati and Upali Nanda. (2011). Influence of Positive Distractions on Children's in Two Clinic Waiting Areas. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 4(3), 116-132.Debajyoti Pati, Thomas Harvey, Douglas Willis, and Sipra Pati. (2015). Identifying Elements of the Healthcare Environment that Contribute to Wayfinding. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 8(3), 44-67.[Updated April 2023]

Department of Design