Kirk Hamilton

Professor of Architecture, Texas A&M University

D. Kirk Hamilton


Kirk Hamilton is a Professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University where he teaches healthcare design at the graduate level. His academic research is about the relationship of evidence-based health facility design to measurable organizational performance. He is currently completing a PhD in Nursing & Healthcare Innovation at Arizona State University, studying nurse movement patterns and interaction with objects in the ICU patient room. Kirk is board certified by the American College of Healthcare Architects with 30 years of active practice prior to joining Texas A&M. He is a founding principal emeritus of WHR Architects with healthcare projects in 20 states and eight other countries, and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ACHA. He is co-editor of the peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary HERD Journal. His most recent books include Rigor & Research-Informed Design: A Decade’s Advocacy (2013), Design for Critical Care: An Evidence-Based Approach with co-author Mardelle Shepley (2010), and Evidence-Based Design for Multiple Building Types with co-author David Watkins (2009). “Design of Operating Theatres for Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery,” authored with Bill Rostenberg, appears in Alston, Myles & Ranucci’s, Cardiac Anaesthesia from Oxford University Press (2015).