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Apoorva Rane


Dr. Apoorva Rane’s areas of interest include evidence-based design for healthcare, neurodiversity, and sustainability. She completed a Ph.D. in Interior and Environmental Design in 2022 and a Master of Science in Environmental Design in 2017 from Texas Tech University. Dr. Rane’s work includes several academic and industry-based collaborative research projects in real and virtual healthcare settings, including emergency departments, peri-operative units, medical-surgical units, and nursing work areas. Her doctoral dissertation unfolds the impacts of prolonged exposure to biophilic components on nurses’ cognitive and physiological outcomes. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Patient Safety, Health Environments Research and Design (HERD), and Sustainability. Dr. Rane is a journal reviewer, including the Journal of Interior Design and Health Environments Research & Design (HERD) journal. She is involved in various design projects, such as residential, healthcare, kitchen, and furniture designs, and has more than six years of experience in practice, research, and teaching.

Selected Publications

  • Hamilton, E.M., Rane, A. (2022). Speaking their language: Does environmental signage align to personal dimensions of environmentally responsible behavior in undergraduate residence halls? Sustainability, 14(4), 2025. Published online February 10, 2022.
  • Waggener, L., Pati, D., Rane A., Montenegro, E., & Angelo, E. (2021) Lessons Learned from Decentralization of an Elective Surgery Medical-Surgical Unit. Health Environments Research & Design Journal.
  • Pati, D., Valipoor, S., Lorusso, L., Mihandoust, S., Jamshidi, S., Rane, A., & Kazem-Zadeh, M. (2019). The Impact of the Built Environment on Patient Falls in Hospital Rooms: An Integrative Review. Journal of patient safety.

Professional Interests

Human-centered design, evidence-based solutions for healthcare spaces, neurodiversity, and sustainability

 Professional Memberships

  • Interior Designers Educators Council (IDEC)
  • Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
Apoorva Rane
Assistant Professor - Interior Architecture

329 Communication Arts Center


Ph.D. - Interior and Environmental Design
Texas Tech University

MS - Environmental Design
Texas Tech University

Diploma - Interior Design
Rachana Sansad, Mumbai

M.Com - Business Management
University of Mumbai

BS - Management Studies
University of Mumbai


Foundation Studio - Drawing and Visualization
Human Behavior and Built Environments
Advanced History and Theory of Architectural Design and Decorative Arts