Faculty Profile

Upali  Nanda, PhD

Upali Nanda, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
  • 2300 Adare Rd
  • Ann Arbor MI 48104

Dr. Upali Nanda is an Adjunct Professor of Health Management and Policy and Associate Professor of Practice at the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning, She is also the Director of Research at HKS Inc, a global architectural firm. She received her Bachelor's degree in Architecture from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, M.A. from National University of Singapore, and PhD in Architecture from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Nanda's doctoral work on "Sensthetics" has been published as a book available on Amazon.com, and she has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and main stream media. Her award-winning research has been widely published and quoted. In 2015, Dr. Nanda was recognized as one of the top 10 most influential people in Healthcare Design by the Healthcare Design Magazine. Most recently, she was honored by Architectural Record with the 2018 Women in Architecture Innovator Award.

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  • Ph.D (Certificate in Health Systems and Design), Texas A&M University, 2005
  • M.A (Arch), National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2001
  • B.Arch, School of Planning and Architecture, India, 1999

  • Human Health & Wellbeing
  • Sensory Design
  • Power of Place

  • Nanda, U. (2017). A Sensthetic Approach to Designing for Health. Journal of Interior Design, 42(2), 7-12. [Invited Paper]
  • Nanda, U., K. Rybkowski, Z., Pati, S., & Nejati, A. (2017). A Value Analysis of Lean Processes in Target Value Design and Integrated Project Delivery: Stakeholder Perception. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 10(3), 99-115.
  • Bosch, S. J., Apple, M., Hiltonen, B., Worden, E., Lu, Y., Nanda, U., & Kim, D. (2016). To see or not to see: Investigating the links between patient visibility and potential moderators affecting the patient experience. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 47, 33-43.
  • Nanda, U., Pati, S., & Nejati, A. (2015). Field Research and Parametric Analysis in a Medical–Surgical Unit. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 1937586715577370
  • Nanda U., Taylor, E., Joseph, A., Quan, X.(2013). Flooring, Falls and Injury: An evidence-based approach. Pebble Issue Paper. Center for Health Design
  • Nanda, U.; Bajema, R., Hessam, Pati, D.(2013) Emotion follows Form, Form follows Function. Intelligent Buildings International, DOI:10.1080/17508975.2013.807767 (Invited Paper).
  • Nanda, U., Zhu, X., & Jansen, B. H. (2012). Image and emotion: From outcomes to brain behavior. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 5(4), 40-59.
  • Nanda, U., Ortega-Andeane, P., Solovyova, I., Bozovic-Stamenovic, R., Bajema, R., & Baladandayuthapani, V. (in press). Investigating the impact of culture and education on art preferences in students. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research.
  • Nanda, U., Chanaud, C., Nelson, M., Zhu, X., Bajema, R., & Jansen, B. (In press). Impact of visual art on patient behavior in the emergency department. Journal of Emergency Medicine.
  • Nanda, U. Eisen, S., Zadeh, R., & Owen, D. (2011). Effect of visual art on patient anxiety and agitation in a mental health facility and implications for the business case. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
  • Nanda, U, Gaydos, L.H., Hathorn, Kathy and Watkins, N. (2010) Art and Posttraumatic Stress: A Review of the Empirical Literature on the Therapeutic Implications of Artwork for War Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Environment and Behavior Journal. 42(3), 376-390.
  • Nanda, U, Chanaud, Cheryl, Brown, Linda, Hart, Robyn and Hathorn, Kathy (2009). Pediatric Art Preferences in Healthcare: Countering the "one-size fits all" approach. Health Environment Research and Design Journal. Summer; 2(4): 44-48.
  • Nanda, U, Pati, Debajyoti and McCurry, Katie (2009). Neuroesthetics and Healthcare Design. Health Environment Research and Design Journal. Winter;2(2):116-133
  • Nanda, U. (2008). Sensthetics: A Crossmodal Approach to Sensory Design. VDM-Verlag.

  • Association of Collegiate of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • Assoc. Member, American Institute of Architects
  • Member, Society of Arts for Healthcare
  • Member, Council of Architecture, India 
  • Board of Directors, Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture