Evidence-Based Design

D/P/S brings a robust team of Evidence-Based Design (EBD) certified professionals to our projects. As an added value to our clients, these thought leaders use their education, resources, and experience to provide a positive impact on all designs.

EBD is an outcome-driven approach to designing the built environment based on credible research and empirical data. Working closely with our clients, we ensure that project goals are met while delivering designs that benefit the people who live, work, and interact in these spaces.

Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) is an internationally recognized certification that ensures your design professionals have a method for developing design solutions that are based on research to help achieve your goals.

As of 2021, D/P/S has more employees who have studied and earned the EDAC credential than any other firm in New Mexico and a portfolio of work that embodies many of the EBD processes that have led to our client’s continued success with their own projects.

  • Articulate the project's objectives
  • Identify user + client-specific design challenges
Infection ControlIncreased FocusIncrease in User Experience + Satisfaction
Staff Retention Increase Mitigate Health + Safety RiskIncrease Staff Productivity + Efficiencies

EBD looks to enhance the experience of all users in a space by creating a tailored design on a case-by-case basis. EBD design approach aims to bolster efficiencies to operational flow, maximize plan organization, and promote staff satisfaction which ultimately enhances the client experience.

  • Review relevant Evidence-Based design research
  • Identify research tools applicable to project-specific requirements
  • Develop design strategies that target improving outcomes based on the client's vision + goals
  • Monitor the project throughout design + construction
Baseline SurveyInterviewsMock-UpObservational Research

Through a research-driven approach, many tools are available that allow our team to collaboratively work with and engage in the design process so that essential insight can be garnered and developed into an operational process that meets the project’s goals.

  • Validate that vision + goals were achieved using reliable metrics
  • Determine how the research will impact future projects
  • Add to data repository to grow the body of Evidence-Based knowledge
Post Occupancy EvaluationReturn on InvestmentStaff / User Surveys

Utilizing tools such as existing research, post-occupancy evaluations, and interviews all help to hone in on an ideal, personalized design. These tools influence the overarching design concept and lead to positive outcomes such as reduction of stress and anxiety and improved efficiency of staff.

History of EBD at D/P/S

Before the EDAC program was formally launched in 2005, D/P/S was pursuing research-driven outcomes by way of rapid prototyping which engaged providers in the creation of safer, healthier, more efficient facilities.

In 2007, D/P/S invited Roger Ulrich (author of the 1984 groundbreaking study that shows the beneficial effects of natural scenery on patients’ healing process) to participate in a stakeholder’s discovery session for a major healthcare client. Laying the basis of Evidence-Based design, Ulrich’s participation at this meeting inspired the incorporation of several design features that led to a reduction in length of stay and patient cost at Rust Medical Center:

  • Removal of cubicle curtains and split headwalls to increase safety
  • Wall-mounted sinks to avoid contamination
  • Adaptable rooms to increase ease of coordination and decrease medication errors
  • Zero thresholds to ensure patient safety and increase the efficiency of care
  • Large windows and mid-board restrooms (access to light and nature) to improve the patient recovery process
  • Decentralized nurse stations to increase care availability to patient
  • Zoned rooms to increase the efficiency of staff

Looking Toward the Future

Anchoring decisions on credible research builds assurance and helps clients justify design choices to project stakeholders. As technology evolves, codes become more stringent, and construction costs rise - utilizing proven, successful strategies validate these design decisions.

In an effort to remain competitive and relevant in an ever-changing industry, more professionals are choosing to become EDAC certified. As a result, there is an increase in clients requesting and utilizing the evidence-based process for their projects.

Not only does Evidence-Based design cultivate a safer, more efficient, and healthier space for all, it also has a lasting impact globally as it builds the body of knowledge that will inform future endeavors.

What We Create

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients for 60 years. Our staff includes architects, interior designers, planners, structural engineers, landscape architects, and experts in sustainable design in offices in Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; Las Cruces, NM; and Amarillo, TX. As a regional leader in design excellence and sustainability, we have successfully completed thousands of projects by collaborating directly with owners and communities.


Our professionals are experienced in primary, secondary, and post-secondary facility design to provide specialty design services for a variety of educational facilities. This diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the Southwest. A well-designed building not only provides an aesthetically pleasing and functional environment for the people who work and learn in them, but also centers on a balanced response to changing ideas in teaching with recognition of our client’s reputation and traditions.


We are an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients  for more than 55 years. To better respond to our clients’ needs, we have concentrated our design and technical resources into “Practice Areas,” where our personnel specialize in building types such as housing, commercial, healthcare, government and education. Through the Practice Area concept, designers work on the projects they are passionate about, honing their skills specific to that type, keeping abreast of the latest trends, and training the next generation of designers.


We provide specialty design services for a variety of commercial projects, including workplaces, mixed-use developments, retail, and restaurants. We have experience with commercial projects in markets throughout the Southwest, as well as major markets elsewhere in the United States. Our diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the nation. A well-designed building provides an “edge” to our clients, whether the task at hand is to reach out to customers or to recruit and retain tenants and employees.

Landscape Architecture

We provide landscape architecture services to all of the specialized design groups within our offices as well as to external clients. The Landscape Architecture team focuses on the planning and design of exterior places  – with a thorough understanding of real estate development and the interrelatedness of structures, land, and people. From project inception to the close of construction, our landscape team makes important contributions to a collaborative, multidisciplinary design process with their expertise in concept development, site planning & design, and landscape design.

MultiFamily Housing

Building a sense of home into housing.

Building housing means more than designing spaces—it means creating a place that feels like home. As our communities grow in size and diversity, technology advances and the very definition of “home” changes from family to family, how do we help our clients create housing that meets the eclectic needs of its residents while also meeting the objectives of the client?

We do our homework. We take into consideration a multitude of factors: rents, vacancy rates, demand and construction costs, to name a few. We also research the building’s future tenants. Who are they, what do they need and how can we create an optimal environment based on their unique circumstances? With our combined knowledge of project financing and the latest trends and metrics, we can provide our clients with flexible solutions while providing our communities with a stronger foundation from which to grow.


Master planned communities
Assisted care and independent living facilities
Multi family housing communities
Affordable housing
Student housing complexes
Luxury apartments
Building assessments
Tax credit packages
Environmental and human sustainability integration

Structural Engineering

The building must stand.

Buildings that can adapt to whatever tomorrow brings must first stand the test of time. Our structural engineers work interdependently with each of our disciplines to ensure every building is safe and resilient far into the future, while staying true to the objectives of each project. Together, we help create lasting structures that protect your vision, your investment, and most importantly, your people.


We provide specialty design and planning services for a variety of public clients. Our professionals have “hands on” experience with civic projects throughout the southwest, including personnel who have project experience while serving in the public sector. Their talent enables us to develop innovative planning and design solutions that draw upon “lessons learned” from the various public agencies served. 


As a leader in the field, we have over 20 years’ experience in the design of healthcare facilities. With more than 20 multi-disciplined personnel, our Healthcare Group has collectively worked on more than 250 healthcare projects. Our group has created master plans for medical centers, planned new hospitals and hospital additions, orchestrated major renovations to outdated hospitals and created spaces for highly specialized equipment.


What’s at stake?

Protecting the environments we live and work in has always been a priority for our company. Long before sustainability became a popular topic of conversation, we felt a deep responsibility to take every step possible in order to make the lightest footprint on our planet. Our energy efficient projects are designed for the unique climates they exist in. In the Southwest, we carefully consider siting, solar orientation, appropriate fenestration, building mass, appropriate mechanical systems and the use of building materials readily available in our region to create LEED Certified buildings.


We provide a wide range of planning and design services, from conceptual land use plans to design guidelines to municipal submittals and approvals. We excel at providing integrated design and planning solutions that are market-driven and sustainable. Projects range from large-scale master planned communities to small in-fill tracts. Our group utilizes the design expertise of the firm and a collaborative approach to maximize development opportunities for the client. With our integrated team of planners, landscape architects, and architects, we can generate initial design concepts and take projects through to construction documents.

Senior Living

Interior Design

Spaces that work harder.

We design buildings to do more for people, not the other way around. Without interior spaces that help accomplish the objectives of those who use the building, what’s the point? Our interior designers specialize in creating spaces that help recruit and retain, elevate learning, facilitate healing, enrich the consumer experience, and improve quality of life. Working closely with our clients and consultants, together we design places that extend the life of a building by enhancing the lives of those within it.


Custom interior design
Space planning
Finish selection/specification
Workplace performance evaluations
Space needs assessments
Corporate standards programs
ADA, ergonomics evaluation, and product recommendations
Post-occupancy evaluations
LEED consulting

In Progress

Our passion is to help our clients realize their dreams by partnering with them through a collaborative, multidisciplined process that recognizes new trends and utilizes technologies to create functional, comfortable, and stimulating places. Browse some of our newest projects that are currently in construction.