Kara Freihoefer, PhD, is the Director of Research at HGA Architects and Engineers, where she focuses on utilizing evidence-based design principles to inform and educate healthcare clients and colleagues on design decisions. Furthermore, Freihoefer serves as the co-chair of the Research Council where she helps spearhead research initiatives across all disciplines firm-wide. Freihoefer has most recently published, "Making the Case for Practice-based Research and the Imperative Role of Design Practitioners" in Health Environments, Research and Design Journal. She was also awarded Environmental Design Research Association Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) in 2017 and 2019 and The Center for Health Design, Evidence-based Design Touchstone Award in 2017 and 2018. These awards recognize exemplary advancements and application of research in practice.
Ph.D. in Interior Design |, MSD (Master of Science in Design), Interior Design |, B.S. in Interior Architecture and Design, CIDA-accredited program