Ashley’s work centers around amplifying the healing quality of care environments to influence health and wellness. As an experienced registered architect specializing in healthcare environments, she brings together evidence-based design approaches with an understanding of strategy, operations, and facility planning to create and transform care environments. She guides clients in making informed decisions about how their facilities and operations can best address the needs of patients and staff, now and in the future. With an appreciation for the impact these environments have on patients’ experiences at pivotal times in their lives, Ashley is particularly in tune with the current relevant evidence in the fields of healthcare design and environments for aging. She has served as the lead on several complex projects for academic medical centers, children’s, and community hospitals focused on operational planning, simulation, programming, master planning, schematic design, design development, and business development. Before joining Blue Cottage, Ashley was an Associate at HKS, Inc. She earned a Master of Architecture degree and Bachelor of Environmental Design degree, both from Texas A&M University. She is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from the University of Michigan, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and received Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) from the Center for Health Design.

Ashley's Latest Entries

Julia Fetzer will present with Parkland Health & Hospital System and Judy Smith on Tuesday, November 15 – “The Parkland Women and Infants Ambulatory Clinic: Lessons Learned from Operational Planning and Design.” Also attending from Blue Cottage – Learn More –


Acting as a Guest Lecturer, Ashley Dias presented to students at University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Blog Entry

Another great Healthcare Design Conference has come and gone, and one of my favorite moments was watching the keynote conversation between Dr. Roger Ulrich and Kirk Hamilton. Both Roger and Kirk have made lasting impacts on the world of healthcare architecture design and research. Listening to them recount the evolution of the healthcare architecture industry over the last three decades was fascinating and also made me smile at the memory and privilege of sitting in their respective classrooms at Texas A&M University. These two guys are definitely changemakers – and they once again underscored their future-focused, changemaking vision by discussing ... - Read More -

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