Reza Mabadi

Graduation Semester and Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

David Hopman


Despite these efforts and signs of progress, such design and planning efforts have failed to thoroughly integrate restorative design principles and sustainable strategies into the landscape architecture of healthcare facilities. The case studies presented in this research illustrate this phenomenon. Currently, sustainable approaches to evidence-based research on health and well-being necessitate a reexamination and reinvention of design methods and recommendations for hospital landscapes to improve their therapeutic properties. The main goal of this research is to investigate strategies to improve the livability and therapeutic values of the constructed landscape of Clements University Hospital through an evidence-based approach and to examine the generalizability of this method for other hospital campuses in North Texas. This study hypothesized that integrating sustainable strategies, such as heat island mitigation and artful rainwater design, as well as by improving views of hospital gardens by applying an evidence-based approach, can enhance the therapeutic properties and improve the livability of healthcare facilities. This empirical research examined the constructed landscape of four hospitals within the same geographical and functional contexts. The researcher used the results and scientific evidence to establish a foundation for research-informed design recommendations. The researcher collected data via both primary and secondary sources. To analyze the data, this the researcher employed content analysis, preoccupancy evaluation via a survey, and spatial-comparative analysis. To collect and analyze the data, this research aimed to establish a set of baseline performance measures. These baseline measures helped to develop a set of design and planning recommendations for hospital sites and metrics to evaluate the final landscape design of hospitals in future studies.The results indicate that heat island mitigation strategies and artful rain design improve the livability of hospital campuses by disconnecting spatial continuity, increasing human comfort and safety, and planning for public gatherings and human activities. The results also suggest that improving garden views in a hospital encourages livability and increases the healing value of the site. Finally, the results reveal the extent to which improving landscape performance can increase the therapeutic value of the site.


Therapeutic landscape, Heat island effects, Artful rain design, Livability, Dallas


Architecture | Landscape Architecture


Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington