Who We Are

Craig Zimring, Ph.D.

Craig Zimring is the director of SimTigrate Design Lab and a professor of architecture at Georgia Tech's College of Design. He is also an environmental psychologist. His research focuses on understanding the relationships between the physical environment and human satisfaction, performance and behavior and how this understanding can lead to change. He focuses on high-stakes settings, where design impacts people at the most important times of their lives and where technical and social change provides opportunities for innovation. He is a developer of the field of evidence-based design of healthcare with more than 100 scholarly and professional publications. He has served on the board of several organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Building Bridges program, the Environmental Design Research Association, and currently serves on the board of the Center for Health Design. He has won 10 awards for his research.

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Jennifer DuBose, M.S., EDAC

Jennifer R. DuBose is the associate director of the SimTigrate Design Lab and a senior research associate with the College of Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is responsible for the operations of the Lab as well project development and research. Her research focuses on evidence-based and sustainable design for healthcare facilities projects. Current projects include a rigorous literature review on the impacts of and solutions to sleep disruption in hospitals. She is also conducting original research on the design of integrated care team spaces for outpatient clinics and is leading a large project on this topic for the U.S. Army. She recently completed an analysis of nurses’ perceptions and needs regarding lighting on the inpatient unit. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, several book chapters, and has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings.

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Rachel Dekom

Rachel Dekom is an undergraduate student assistant in the SimTigrate Design Lab and a candidate for a B.S. in History, Technology, and Society with a minor in Environmental Science. As an Ivan Allen College student, Rachel believes she brings a much-needed liberal arts perspective to SimTigrate. She focuses on improving the lab’s communication strategies so that deliverables reflect the hard work and passion of the people who produce them. On campus, she serves as the assistant financial chair of Alpha Xi Delta, a GT 1000 Teaching Assistant, and a first-year student mentor with the KNIT mentorship program.

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Lisa Lim, M.S.

Lisa Lim is a graduate research assistant at the SimTigrate Design Lab with academic and practical backgrounds in architecture. She received a B.A. and an M.S. in architecture from Seoul National University in South Korea and worked as a junior architect and architectural researcher. Lisa is interested in providing healthy and favorable environments to people with regard to the relationship between physical environments and people’s behaviors or feelings. Her current research interests are workspace design for organizational outcomes, cross-cultural design considerations, and visual environment/relationship analyses. She is deeply engaged in the healthcare field by participating in various research projects such as Patient Centered Medical Home, team-room design for interdisciplinary healthcare members, improving sleep in healthcare setting, and ICU and patient room analyses for design considerations. She anticipates receiving her Ph.D. in architecture from Georgia Tech in 2017.

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Zorana Matic, M.Arch

Zorana Matić is graduate research assistant at the SimTigrate Design Lab and a Ph.D. candidate with a concentration in Urban Design. Her research focuses on links between characteristics of the built environment and public health, and how designing urban places that promote physical activity affects behavioral choices and health outcomes. Her ongoing research is looking closely at retrofit opportunities for vacant healthcare facilities and evidence-based approach to urban design and health districts planning. She gained extensive teaching experience, working on number of courses in both architecture and urban design studios. Zorana holds a B.Arch and M.Arch in Urbanism from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She received several awards in design competitions and was awarded several fellowships, including the 2013 School of Architecture Ph.D. fellowship; 2008 Eurobank EFG Scholarship for the top 100 students in Serbia; Scholarship of the Republic Fund for Scientific and Artistic Youth of Serbia (2007-2012).

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Bushra Obeidat, M.S., Ph.D.

Bushra Obeidat is a research assistant and a research collaborator at the SimTigrate Design Lab with academic and practical backgrounds in architecture. She received a Ph.D. and an M.S. in architecture from the University of Kansas. She also received an M.S. in architecture from Jordan University of Science and technology, Jordan. Her research focuses on using space syntax theory, design methodologies, and evidence-based design approach to link the physical environment with human behavior in educational and healthcare settings. She recently joined the program of health and design at the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech, and now she is deeply engaged in the healthcare field by participating in research projects that focus on the design of team rooms for interdisciplinary healthcare members. Her goal is to work more with Professor Craig Zimring and learn from his research experiences. In the future she would like to work in the design and planning of medical facilities in the Middle East.

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Maria Wong, B.S. in Industrial Design

Maria Wong is a graduate research assistant at the SimTigrate Design Lab and a candidate for M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), with a focus on industrial design. Maria received a B.S. in Industrial Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2017. Working as an undergraduate assistant at the Wearable Computing Center sparked her curiosity in interactive products and user experience research and design. She is interested in finding new ways to apply her studies in HCI to health and well-being.

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