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Deborah Franqui

PhD, AIA Principal; Regional Vice President, Southeast


With both doctoral and master degrees in the built environment (health concentration), Deborah offers a deep command of implementing best practice methodologies around designing and constructing healthcare facilities for public, private and federal clients. By employing an Evidence-Based Design process, she captures clients’ needs and expectations, while simultaneously assisting in the industry’s development of research-informed best design practices. Deborah’s passion for enhancing operational efficiencies through post-occupancy evaluation studies brings knowledge to her next endeavor and provides data to inform her project team of novel ways to create healing environments.



PhD Built Environment + Health
Clemson University

MS Architecture + Health
Clemson University

Bachelor of Architecture
Cornell University

Knowledge Sharing

Changing Consumer Climate to Reinvigorate Palm Beach County Retail
Speaker, Commercial Real Estate Network Panel 2017

An Evidence-Based Design Checklist to Inform Clinic Design
Speaker, Healthcare Design Conference 2016

Making the Case for Case Studies – A New Data Base Reference for Practitioners and Researchers
Speaker, Healthcare Design Conference 2016

Ambulatory Care Facility Design for Underserved Populations – Results of a NCARB Sponsored
Evidence-Based Learning Initiative
Speaker, Healthcare Design Conference 2016

Comparative Ambulatory Care Clinics Post-Occupancy Evaluation Analysis
Speaker, AIA AAH Chautauqua Conference 2015

Evidence-Based Design Research: How to Collect Evidence and Generate New Architectural Knowledge
Speaker, CAAPPR Convention 2015

Post-Occupancy Evaluation of a Family Health Clinic
Speaker, IIE Annual Conference 2015

Defining Best Practices in Ambulatory Care
Facility Design for Medically Underserved Populations

Speaker, NCARB Grant 2015

Pathways Toward Assessing the Quality of Ambulatory Care Clinics
Speaker, Healthcare Design Conference 2014

A primary Care Clinic Case Study: Blending Planning, Design, and Post-Occupancy Evaluation
Speaker, Healthcare Design Conference 2013

Linking Programming, Design, and Post-Occupancy Evaluation
Speaker, Architectural Research Centers Consortium ARCC Conference 2013

Pre-Design Rules of Thumb – Planning Ambulatory Care Centers
Speaker, Healthcare Design Conference 2011