Institute Faculty

Frank Zilm, D. Arch, FAIA, FACHA

​Chester Dean Director of the Institute 

Frank Zilm brings over 40 years of experience in health facilities programming and planning. He has published numerous articles and chapters on programming and planning, and is a frequent speaker at health care events. He has led well over 300 projects, most recently for Saint Louis University Hospital and Stanford University Hospital. He has served as President of the American Institute of Architects Academy on Architecture for Health, and was recently recognized by the American College of Healthcare Architects with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a fellow of that organization and the American Institute of Architects.



Kent Spreckelmeyer, D. Arch, FAIA

Associate Director

Kent Spreckelmeyer has consulted on more than 50 architectural projects in workplace and healthcare facilities. He has coauthored five books that advance architectural knowledge by integrating new theories and methods of design analysis into the design process. He directs the Health & Wellness graduate program at the University of Kansas Department of Architecture, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.




Hui Cai, Ph.D

Research Faculty

Hui Cai is the Assistant Professor of Health and Wellness Program at the School of Architecture Design, and Planning. Prior to joining the faculty, she served as the Health + Science research leader and designer at RTKL Associates. She has presented at several international conferences and published several papers in peer-reviewed journals on healthcare design and research. Her research was recognized by the International Academy of Design and Health with the prestigious International Academy Award in Research in 2011.




Mahbub Rashid, Ph.D, RA

Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Dr. Rashid is an expert in theories and methods of architectural research with a focus on the structures of form and space. He is also a nationally known expert on ICU and evidence-based healthcare design. With his colleagues at the University of Kansas, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Michigan, Dr. Rashid has worked on several research projects whose total worth is more than $3.5 million. He is a registered architect. 




Faculty Resources

Joe Colistra


Public Interest Design, Housing for Aging 


Shannon Criss


Public Interest Design, Community Health


Nikki Nollen

Preventative Medicine/Public Health

Smoking Cessation/Obesity Prevention, Community Health


Greg Thomas

Center for Design Research

Product Design/Branding, WellCar


Michael Dean Eckersley, Ph.D

Interaction Design & Design



Ruth Ann Atchley, Ph.D

Department of Psychology




Arc/D Calendar of Events

KU Design Camp 2018

Commencement 2018