Naomi's primary areas of interest are restorative and therapeutic landscapes, evidence-based design, healthcare design, and salutogenic (health-promoting) design. Other interests include environmental justice, environmental psychology, translational research, environments for specific populations, cultural geography, and intersectionality.
Naomi is Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network, a non-profit knowledge base and online interactive space for information about landscapes that promote health and well-being. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on the positive role of nature in human health. Amongh other publications, Naomi is co-author with Clare Cooper Marcus of the book Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces. Naomi is Co-Editor with Jan Stichler and Kirk Hamilton of the peer-reviewed journal, Health Environments Research & Design.
Ph.D., Architecture, Texas A&M University
Master of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Women's Studies, Brown University
Graduate Certificate in Health Systems & Design, Texas A&M University
Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation and Regionalism, University of New Mexico
At the University of Maryland, Naomi serves on the Nature Rx@UMD Steering Committee. She serves on the Center for Health Design‘s Research Coalition and is an Advisory Board member of Gardens for Heroes; an Industry Scholar at the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures; and a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Health Systems & Design, Texas A&M University. Naomi has served on the Editorial Review Board of the American Horticultural Therapy Association‘s Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture since 2007. She has been an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the ASLA Healthcare and Therapeutic Design Professional Practice Network since 1999, and served as HTD PPN Co-Chair and Chair in ’05-‘06 and ’06-‘07, respectively.
2014 Center for Teaching Excellence Teacher Assistant Training, Texas A&M University
2014 Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Research Curriculum
2013 NIH Protecting Human Research Participants Training
2012 Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC)
Restorative and therapeutic landscapes
mental and behavioral health
Application of the Healthcare Garden Evalution Toolkit (H-GET) in healthcare and beyond
Design for Mental and Behavioral Health Environments
Correlations between Urban Greenspace and Violent Crime
Positive Nature Theory
|2018||ARCC/ King Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Research||Architectural Research Centers Consortium|
|2016-2017||Tuttle Research Fellowship ($10,000)||AIA/Academy for Architecture and Health|
|2014-2015||The Center for Health Design New Investigator Research Award ($10,000)||Center for Health Design Research Coalition|
|2012-2014||William W. Caudill Research Fellowship ($26,000)||texas A&M University Department of Architecture|
LARC 640 - Graduate Studio I
LARC 240 - Sophomore Studio II
LARC 671 - Research Methods
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. 978-1118231913.
Shepley, M. M. & Sachs, N. A. (2019). Design Attributes for Improved Mental and Behavioral Health (Chapter 5). In D. Battisto & J. Wilhelm (Eds.), Architecture and health: Guiding principles for practice (pp. 75-97). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
Sachs, N. A. (2018). Healing gardens. In D. Kopec (Ed.), Environmental psychology for design(3rd ed.) (pp. 250-251). New York, NY: Fairchild Books.
Sachs, N. A. (2015). Central Park. In Jared Green (Ed.), Designed for the future: 80 practical ideas for a sustainable world (pp. 44–45). New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press.
Wilson, C., & Sachs, N. (2011). Communities, plazas, squares (Chapter 3). In C. Wilson & S. Polyzoides (Eds.), The plazas of New Mexico (pp. 123–299). San Antonio, TX: Trinity University Press.
Sachs, N. (1999). Psychiatric hospitals (Chapter 6). In C. Cooper Marcus & M. Barnes (Eds.), Healing gardens: Therapeutic benefits and design recommendations (pp. 235–322). New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons.
Sachs, N. A., Shepley, M. M., Peditto, K., Hankinson, M. T., Smith, K., Giebink, B., & Thompson, T. (2019). Evaluation of a Mental and Behavioral Health Patient Room Mockup at a VA Facility. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 1937586719856349.
Sachs, N. A. (2019). Salutogenic landscapes are a blueprint for health-promoting design. Topos, 106, 074-075.
Sachs, N. A. (2019). A breath of fresh air: Access to nature in healthcare facilities. Editorial, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 12(4), 226-230.
Gregory, D., Hamilton, K., & Sachs, N. A. (2019). Jaynelle Stichler: A modern day Florence Nightingale. Editorial, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 12(3), 8-10.
Sachs, N. A. (2019). Research on nature and healthcare: What do we still need?. Editorial, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 12(2), 162-167.
Sachs, N. A. (2019). EBD at the macro level: How research informs policy. Editorial, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 11(4), 108-110.
Sachs, N. A. (2018). Designing for public health with healthcare design, Part II: Design. Editorial, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 11(3), 17-21.
Sachs, N. A. (2018, in press). Designing for public health with healthcare design, Part I: Research. Editorial, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 11(2), 13-15.
Sachs, N. A. (2018). Here’s some great research! Now what? Translating research into practice. Editorial, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 11(1), 40-42.
Sachs, N. A. (2017). The case for nature or nature-ish. Editorial, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 10(5), 157–161.
Sachs, N. A. (2017). The next chapter: Co-Editor #3. Editorial, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 10(4), 7–9.