Texas A&M University Institute of Advanced Studies

Naomi Sachs

Naomi Sachs

I am extremely grateful for the funding and experience provided by the TIAS HEEP Fellowship Award. Working with TIAS Faculty Fellow Harold Adams, FAIA, in the College of Architecture has been very rewarding. Mr. Adams has had a long and distinguished career as an architect—the president (and then CEO, then chairman) of the multinational firm, RTKL. His focus on healthcare design is also my PhD focus, and our conversations on that topic have been enriching. There is a great deal of talk in the design and academic professions about “interdisciplinary collaboration,” yet we see little evidence of it in practice. Mr. Adams has devoted much of his time as a TIAS Fellow to building relationships with practitioners on and off campus, and within and outside of the College of Architecture, to foster a culture of and strategy for true interdisciplinary work. As a TAMU Distinguished Alumni and a strong supporter of the College of Architecture, Mr. Adams’ ongoing commitment to A&M is inspiring. This coming semester, I will be conducting research in California, Connecticut, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Funds from the TIAS HEEP Fellowship will enable my travel, a critical part the dissertation. I also look forward to continuing my work with Mr. Adams this fall and in the future. 



Graduation Year

May 2017

Degree Type


Fellowship Year(s)

'14 - '15

Previous Education

B.A. in Women's Studies - Brown University - '92
M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture - University of California - '99


J. Vanegas

Journal Articles

1. Africa, J. K., & Sachs, N. A. (2016). Book Review: Biophilic Design. Health Environments Research & Design, 9(2), 176-178.

2. Sachs, N. A., & Cooper Marcus, C., (2015). Labyrinths for Healthcare: Approach with Caution. American Society of Landscape Architects, The Dirt, July 20. https://dirt.asla.org/2015/07/20/labyrinths-for-healthcare-approach-with-caution.

3. Cooper Marcus, C., & Sachs, N. A. (2014). The salutogenic city. World Health Design, 7(4): 18-25.

4. Sachs, N. A., & Shepley, M. M. (2014). Book Review: Australian Healthcare Design 2000-2015: A Critical Review of the Design and Build of Healthcare Infrastructure in Australia. Health Environments Research & Design, 7(3), 152-153.

5. Cooper Marcus, C., & Sachs, N. A. (2014). The business case and funding for therapeutic gardens. CITYGREEN, 9, 78-83. 

6. Cooper Marcus, C., & Sachs, N. A. (2014). The perfect setting: Specific patient populations can benefit from tailored approaches to landscape design to facilitate healing and keep them safe. Healthcare Design, 14(4), 66-72.


1. Sachs, N. A. (2015). Central Park. In Green, J., Designed for the future: 80 practical ideas for a sustainable world (pp. 44-45). New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press.

2. Cooper Marcus, C. & Sachs, N. A. (2014). Therapeutic landscapes: An evidence-based approach to designing healing gardens and restorative outdoor spaces. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.


1. Sachs, N. A., (2015). Access to nature for healthy aging: Healthcare with design in mind. Healthy Aging Research Interest Group, College Station, TX, December. 

2. Sachs, N. A., (2015). The Healthcare Garden Evaluation Toolkit (HGET). American Horticultural Therapy Association Annual Meeting. Portland, OR. October, 9.

3. Sachs, N. A., & Cooper Marcus, C. (2014). Therapeutic landscapes: Exemplary case studies and what they can teach us. American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference. Denver, CO. 21 November.

4. Sachs, N. A., & Cooper Marcus, C. (2014). Therapeutic landscapes for specific patient groups. HEALTHCARE DESIGN 14. San Diego, CA. 18 November.

5. Sachs, N. A., (2015). After the ribbon cutting: The care of gardens that care for us. Horticultural Society of New York Healing Nature Forum. New York, NY. 27 March. Keynote Address.

6. Sachs, N. A. (2015). Landscapes for healthcare environments. North Dakota State University Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Lecture Series. Fargo, ND. 11 March.

7. Borys, H., Montgomery, C., Sachs, N. A., & Sloan Wilson, D. (2014). C’mon get happy: Creating happier and healthier communities. 22nd Congress for New Urbanism. Buffalo, NY. 5 June.

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