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					                                   insight                                                                                                                        Fall 2008

                                    A publication of the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M University



Ulrich, actor promote evidence-based design
    Dr. Roger Ulrich, professor of architecture
at Texas A&M University and holder of
the Julie and Craig Beale ’71 Endowed
Professorship in Health Facilities Design at
the Texas A&M College of Architecture, joined
famous Irish actor Gabriel Byrne in an effort
to raise public awareness of the benefits of
evidence-based design as part of the Irish
government’s multibillion-dollar effort to
modernize its healthcare infrastructure.
    “Despite becoming a wealthy country
in recent decades,” said Ulrich, “Ireland’s
hospitals and other healthcare buildings
remain among the most obsolete in Europe.”
    A mainstay on the silver screen for nearly
30 years, Byrne has appeared in “The Usual
Suspects,” “Little Women,” and “Excalibur.”
Currently, he portrays Paul, a therapist in the
critically acclaimed HBO series “In Treatment.”        “I conveyed the science, data, and design recommendations and Byrne brought the emotion and framed key issues in
    “Gabriel’s participation ensured much              personal, human terms,” said Ulrich, at right, of their tour promoting evidence-based health facility design in Ireland.
greater public interest and attendance,
and helped to increase awareness of the                research findings,” said Ulrich. “I conveyed the                to an audience of upwards 1,000 people,”
importance of using evidence-based design              science, data, and design recommendations,                      said Ulrich. “It was a novel departure from
to create better healthcare buildings,” said           and Byrne brought the emotion and framed                        C-105 (a classroom in Texas A&M’s Langford
Ulrich, who has been advising government               key issues in personal, human terms.”                           Architecture Center).”
entities and foundations in Ireland about                  At one of their public appearances, the                         An article on evidence-based hospital
the benefits of evidence-based design in               crowd was so large that organizers had to                       design published in the Irish Times
healthcare architecture for the past few years.        move the event to St. Ann’s, a cavernous old                    newspaper, includes a description of
    “Gabriel’s presence, eloquence, and his            church that has stood in the heart of Dublin                    Ulrich’s appearance with Byrne at St.
ability to bring humanity to the topic of              for more than 300 years.                                        Ann’s. The story can be accessed online at:
healthcare environments empowered the                      “I spoke for an hour on evidence-based                      http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/
public and political impact of my barrage of           design from an elaborately carved pulpit                        health/2008/0610/1213005981471.html.


                              CHSD Faculty
 HEALTHCARE DESIGN.08 New examines high ratesFellow quoted in Time magazine
                      Article                 of childhood obesity in low-income families
                                                          Xuemei Zhu, a new member of the Texas                                         refused to allow kids to walk to
                                                       A&M College of Architecture faculty and Fac-                                     school, fearing they would be-
                                                       ulty Fellow for the Center for Health Systems                                    come victims of crime or traffic
                                                       & Design, was quoted in the June 12 issue of                                     accidents,” said Zhu, quoting
                                                       Time magazine in an article about childhood                                      her research findings.
 The Center for Health Systems & Design’s second an-   obesity.                                                                            The research was conduct-
 nual “First Look” Research Colloquium was held Nov.      The article discusses how children from                      Xuemei Zhu      ed as part of her dissertation
 8-11 at the Gaylord National in Washington, D.C. in   low-income families have higher obesity                                         study at Texas A&M’s College
 conjunction with the AIA/AHA Healthcare Design.08     rates, and quotes Zhu’s research in Austin                      of Architecture. For Bryan Walsh’s story in
 conference.                                           neighborhoods.                                                  Time, visit http://www.time.com/time/maga-
                                                          “Even in dense communities, parents often                    zine/article/0,9171,1813984-1,00.html




                                          C OLLE G E OF A R C H I T E C T U R E
                                          TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
                                                        research eyes factors encouraging,                                                                             Shepley honored for                             Rodiek earns ‘best paper’ accolade
                                                        impeding children’s walks to school                                                                            relevant research on                            from Senior Housing & Care Journal
                                                            Two CHSD Faculty Fellows earned a portion examine the personal, social, and physical en-
                                                                                                                                                                       pediatric facilities                                 The description of a new tool for deter-
                                                        of the $3.3 million in grant funds presented in vironmental correlates of active commuting                         For research that has significantly         mining the effects of the built environment
                                                        2007 by the Robert Wood Johnson Founda- (walking) to school. The project team includes                         influenced medical practices, Dr. Mardelle      of residential care facilities on their residents,
                                                        tion to support research on active living in the Lee, co-P.I., James Varni, a professor with co-               Shepley will receive                            developed by Dr. Susan Rodiek, won an award
                                                        United States.                                        appointments to Texas A&M’s departments of               the 2009 Stan                                   for best research paper from Seniors Housing
                                                            Xuemei Zhu, an assistant professor of ar- Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning                        and Mavis Graven                                & Care Journal.
                                                        chitecture and Chanam Lee, an assistant                  and Pediatrics, and Oi-Man Kwok, assistant            Award for Leader-                                    Rodiek, assistant professor of architecture
                                                        professor in landscape architecture and                     professor of educational psychology.               ship in Enhancing                               at Texas A&M and holder of the Ronald L.
                                                        urban planning, received funding to                                Additionally, Lee was awarded a             the Physical and                                Skaggs Endowed Professorship in Health Fa-
                                                        study environmental impacts on                                  $252,000 grant for her proposal, “The          Developmental                                   cilities Design, responded to a need for tools
                            Issue 9: Fall 2008          the physical activity of elementary                                ‘Why’s’ and ‘Why Not’s’ of Active           Environments for                                to objectively capture detail about the built
                                                        school children, especially those                                    Living: Barriers and Motivators           the High Risk Infant.                           environment’s effect on residents at residen-
                 Newsletter for the                     at high risk of physical inactivity
                                                        and obesity.
                                                                                                                               among High Risk Children.” This
                                                                                                                                 three-year study is evaluating
                                                                                                                                                                           Shepley has fo-
                                                                                                                                                                       cused on pediatric      Dr. Mardelle Shepley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tial care facilities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The National Investment Center for the
Center for Health Systems & Design                          Their research focuses                                                 various interventions re-           facilities design                               Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC), an-                 Dr. Susan Rodiek, received best paper award from Darren
                                                        on children in the Austin                                                    lated to children’s physical      since initiating research on neonatal           nually publishes the peer-reviewed Journal                 Alcus, left, president of Commercial Finance for GE Health-
College of Architecture • Texas A&M University          Independent School Dis-                                                        activity. For instance, it      intensive care units in 1991 while serv-        that contains applied research papers for                  care Financial Services, and Robert Kramer, president of
Texas A&M Health Science Center • College of Medicine   trict, the same location                                                         examines environmen-          ing as a project architect for The Design       providers, financiers and developers involved              the NIC for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry.
                                                        as Zhu’s dissertation                                                             tal factors such as          Partnership for the San Francisco General       in the industry. Rodiek was recognized at the
HealTH INDUSTry aDvISory CoUNCIl                        study, “Community                                                                    the quality of side-      Hospital NICU. She has published exten-         Annual NIC Conference where she received a                      “The quality of the physical environment
                                                        Environments and                                                                       walks,    distance      sively and coauthored “Healthcare Envi-         plaque and $5,000 cash award, which is spon-               has a major impact on residents’ quality of
                     ProFeSSIoNal MeMberS
                                                        Walking-to-                                                                             of schools from        ronments for Children and their Families”       sored by GE Healthcare Financial Services.                 life, staff satisfaction and market appeal,” she
                               BSA Life Structures
                                            Jacobs      School Behav-                                                                             homes, street-       (1998). A member of the Committee for                Rodiek donated the award for the paper, “A            said about her winning paper. “Yet in spite of
                   Earl Swensson Associates, Inc.       iors: Multi-Lev-                                                                          crossing safe-       Recommended Design Standards for                New Tool for Evaluating Senior Living Environ-             its importance, few instruments have been
                               FKP Architects, Inc.     el Correlates                                                                             ty and the de-       Newborn ICUs, she served on the board           ments,” to the Design for Aging Scholarship                developed to sensitively and objectively
                            HDR Architecture, Inc.      and Underly-                                                                              sign of streets,     of the Association for the Care of Chil-        Fund founded by Rodiek and offered through                 evaluate environmental conditions in assisted
                              HKS Architects, Inc.      ing Disparities.”        Aided by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds, CHSD              playgrounds,         dren’s Health.                                  the College of Architecture’s Center for Health            living settings. That became our motiva-
                       Haynes Whaley Associates
                                                        The research,            researchers could help combat obesity in schoolchildren.         and parks. The           The award will be presented January         Systems & Design.                                          tion: to see if such an instrument could be
                                              HOK
                              The INNOVA Group          Zhu said, aims                                                                            research is also     2009 in Florida during the 22nd Annual               The instrument Rodiek developed focused               developed and could also be adapted for use
                                  KMD Architects        to “identify the most effective environmental identifying barriers and motivators of active                    Gravens Conference on the Physical and          on the psychosocial needs of older adults and              by operators.”
                          Karlsberger Companies         interventions that will encourage physically living and comparing different sub-groups of                      Developmental Environments for the              “the extent to which the physical environ-                      This is the second time Rodiek has
            Erdman, A Cogdell Spencer Company           active lifestyles among children, specifically, children.                                                      High Risk Infant.                               ment supports their specific behaviors and                 received an award for best paper from the
                           PageSoutherlandPage          walking to school.”                                      Lee’s team includes Zhu, Varni and Daniel                                                             activities,” she wrote in her paper.                       journal, an exceptional accomplishment.
                                     Perkins + Will         Zhu received $186,000 for her proposal, Sui, professor of geography.
                             RTKL Associates, Inc.
                                                        “Safety, Health, and Equity for Active School            Both studies will employ objective and

                                                                                                                                                                     Student healthcare architecture group begins 4th year
           Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott
                             Stantec Architecture       Transportation: Interactions among Multi-Lev- subjective measurement tools together with
                           Syska Hennessy Group         el Factors and Specific Needs of Low-Income the use of geographic information systems,
                    Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Inc.       Hispanic Children.” The two-year study will surveys and field audits.
                                  WHR Architects                                                                                                                         Architecture-for-health students at Texas

                                                        Mann earns teaching excellence award
       Wingler & Sharp, Architects & Planners, Inc.                                                                                                                  A&M University are increasingly active in the
                                 Wilmot/Sanz, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                     Student Health Environments Association
            Zimmer Gunsel Frasca Architects, LLP
                                                                                                                                                                     (SHEA), which is now in its fourth year. The
                         CorPoraTe ParTNerS
                                                            CHSD Faculty Fellow George J. Mann                                          proudly helped present       grassroots student organization promotes
                The Mohawk Group/Lees Carpets
                    Herman Miller for Healthcare        was honored this year for excellence in the                                     for the last 24 years,”      interest and knowledge in the field of health
                             Nurture by Steelcase       classroom by the Texas A&M Association                                          said Thadd Hargett ’99,      design and provides a place for students of all
                              STERIS Corporation        of Former Students. Mann, holder of the                                         the association’s direc-     levels of education to interact.
                                                        Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA & Joseph G. Sprague,                                     tor of annual giving.            At SHEA’s first meeting of the academic
                   CHSD FaCUlTy FellowS
                                                        FAIA, Endowed Chair in Health Design and a                                          Mann, who began          year, CHSD faculty provided academic and
       Mardelle Shepley            George J. Mann       registered architect, received the association’s                                teaching Architecture-       career advice to students from several depart-
          Susan Rodiek             Joseph McGraw        Distinguished Achievement Award during the                                      for-Health studios at the    ments within the College of Architecture.
           Elton Abbott               Marlynn May       College of Architecture’s fall 2008 faculty and                                 Texas A&M in 1966, has       Additionally, students with an interest in        SHEA members gathered to tour the Stone Oak Hospital in San Antonio.
           Sherry Bame                 Jody Naderi      staff meeting. Debra Ellis, a senior lecturer in      George J. Mann            48 years experience in       evidenced-based design formed a group
         Leonard Berry                  Marcia Ory
            John Bryant             Andrew Seidel
                                                        the Department of Construction Science, was                                     the field and an interna-    to read and discuss current architecture-         benefitted from portfolio critiques from ar-               in Washington, D.C. with the support of the
           Charles Culp                Joe Sharkey      also honored.                                         tional reputation as a leader in health facility       for-health publications with oversight from       chitects with HOK, Shepley Bulfinch Richard-               Herman Miller for Healthcare Travelling Fel-
         Michael Duffy               Don Sweeney            Thadd Hargett ’99, the association’s direc-       design education.                                      SHEA’s academic advisor, Kirk Hamilton, as-       son and Abbott, and Tsoi Kobus & Associates.               lowships, several students toured the offices
               Pliny Fisk           Louis Tassinary     tor of annual giving, presented Ellis and Mann            “It is our distinct pleasure to recognize          sociate professor of architecture and editor of      In November, the students toured the                    of Tama Duffy of Perkins+Will.
             Jeff Haberl              Roger Ulrich      with the awards.                                      excellence among faculty members and offer             the Health Environments Research & Design         almost completed Stone Oak Hospital in San                     This spring SHEA members are traveling to
          Kirk Hamilton                James Varni          “Today we join in honoring two of Texas           a token of our appreciation of their profound          Journal, or HERD.                                 Antonio, with Michael Thoma and Thomas                     Waco where they’ll join architects from HDR
     Chang-Shan Huang                   Ward Wells
                                                        A&M’s finest professionals with an award              impact among the Aggie network,” Hargett                   At the center’s October Health Industry       Quigley of HOK. Later that month, while at-                to tour the Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center
              Sarel Lavy              Xuemei Zhu
                                                        that the association of former students has           said.                                                  Advisory Council meeting, SHEA members            tending the Healthcare Design ’08 conference               campus.
           Chanam Lee

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AWARDS • Recipient Profiles                                                                                                                   Member Firm Update                                                                                                                                                         HEALTH INDUSTRY ADVISORY COUNCIL

    Herman Miller for                                                                            Nicole Hoffman
                                                                                                 Masters - 1st Year
                                                                                                                                              Heath Industry Advisory Council
                                                                                                                                              firms are cutting-edge companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “We are tremendously pleased to be named one the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Best Companies to Work for in Texas for the past two years,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sf in-patient facility addition in 2010. The focus includes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               patient safety and nursing efficiency measures with an in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  codified goals and tactics: the Sustainable Design Initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (SDI) Strategic Plan and the Green Operations Plan.
    Healthcare presents                                                                          Nicole Hoffman, from Mansfield,
                                                                                                 Texas, is interested in the healing and
                                                                                                                                              in the design, construction and                                 said John Crane, President and CEO of FKP Architects. “We
                                                                                                                                                                                                              are committed to providing our employees with a positive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               depth analysis of both the current as well as the proposed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               hospital addition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perkins+Will has been named one of 2007’s “Best
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AEC Firms to Work For” by Building Design+Construction
    12 travel fellowships                                                                        sustainable aspects of health facilities
                                                                                                                                              manufacturing fields that support
                                                                                                                                              the activities of the Center for Health
                                                                                                                                                                                                              work environment in which they can excel and grow while               Our team is looking at the links between nursing unit         magazine. This award program recognizes firms in the
                                                                                                 design. She aims to focus on evidence                                                                        at the same time transforming their careers. It is gratifying    configurations and their impact on key safety metrics.             worldwide AEC industry that excel in practices including
       The Center for Health Systems & Design                                                    based design and sustainability              Systems & Design and students with an                           to receive this recognition.”                                    Rigorous time/motion studies and questionnaires are be-            professional development, social responsibility, workplace
    awarded 12 traveling fellowships at the                              as it applies to the methodology behind designing better             interest in health design and research                               The actual rankings will be published in a special          ing used to observe the behavior of and collect responses          environment, compensation/benefits, innovative recruit-
    third annual awards ceremony, Saturday,                              healthcare facilities.                                                                                                               advertorial section in the February 2009 issue of TEXAS          from staff and patients.                                           ment and retention policies, and business practices.
    during the 7th Annual HIAC meeting on                                                                                                     who attend the College of Architecture                          MONTHLY and the ranked companies will be recognized at                                                                                  Perkins+Will has also been named a winner of the
    Oct 17, 2008. The traveling fellowships are                                                  Nupur Gupta                                  at Texas A&M University.                                        the 2009 Texas Association of Business annual conference                                                                            11th annual “Good Design is Good Business” award for the
    made possible by the generous donations                                                      Masters - 2nd Year                                                                                           in Austin, Texas on January 28.                                                                                                     design of the recently completed One Haworth Center.
    of Herman Miller for Healthcare.                                                             Nupur Gupta, from India, is interested                                                                            For more information on the Best Companies to Work            The Innova Group                                                 The “Good Design is Good Business” awards, sponsored by
       Roger Call, director of architecture and                                                  in the best possible healthcare                eSa                                                           for in Texas program, visit www.BestCompaniesTX.com or              www.theinnovagroup.com                                          BusinessWeek and Architectural Record, is an international
    design for Herman Miller for Healthcare,                                                     environments from the street level to          www.esarch.com                                                contact Jackie Miller at 877-455-2159                                                                                               competition honoring innovative architecture that both
    and Mardelle Shepley, CHSD director, pre-                                                    the intricate details of chairs in patient                                                                                                                                                                                                       demonstrates exemplary design and helps clients achieve
    sented the awards.                                                                           rooms.                                                                                                                                                                             Since 1995, The Innova Group has provided innovative          business goals.
                                                                                                                                                   Aspiring young architects at Earl Swensson Associ-                                                                          and cost effective solutions to meet the healthcare plan-

                            Adam Panter
                                                                                                 Sihyun Sung
                                                                                                 Masters - 2nd Year
                                                                                                                                              ates in Nashville, Tenn. recently participated in charrette       HKS, Inc.                                                      ning needs of its clients through integration of population-
                                                                                                                                              sessions to design the patient room of the future on the           www.hksinc.com                                                based markets, operations and facilities.
                            Masters - 2nd Year                                                   Sihyun Sung, from Seoul, Korea,              premise “What if there were no boundaries?”. Safety,                                                                                  The Innova Group is comprised of architects, healthcare         ZGF architects, llP
                          Adam Panter from Sulphur Springs,                                      focuses on the future of healthcare          efficiency and patient-focused initiatives were established                                                                      administrators, nurses, operational consultants, and                  www.zgf.com
                          Texas, is interested in creating                                       facilities design. He is concerned with      as goals.                                                            Ashley Dias has joined HKS as its first Healthcare          data analysts who utilize their knowledge and expertise
                          environments that will enhance the                                     both hospital infrastructure (Bar coding          Excited about the challenge, the team members tested       Fellow. Dias graduated from Texas A&M University                 to successfully implement capital investment planning
                          healing process through positive                                       system, etc) and hospital human              the reaches of their imaginations and creativity as they        with a master of architecture degree and a bachelor of           initiatives.                                                            The Center for Health Systems & Design and Zimmer
                          design. He considers the buildings’            resources re-allocation (RN ratio, etc) in terms of evidence.        set about to create the ideal patient room. Futuristic ap-      environmental design degree. In addition to receiving                 Services offered by The Innova Group include strategic        Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF) continued their longstand-
    impact on the individual and the natural environment.                                                                                     proaches to improvement of safety for patients and clinical     her master’s degree, she also earned a health systems and        planning, facility programming, medical planning, master           ing collaboration, with Professor Roger Ulrich contributing
                                                                                                 Tan Zheng                                    staff included an ergonomically designed nurse work zone,       design certificate.                                              planning, and program management. The Innova Group                 to the design of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s
                            Avery Kennedy                                                        Masters - 2nd Year                           double doors into the room for quick access, a purified              Dias joined HKS as a summer intern in 2006, working         routinely collaborates with national and regional health-          Hospital of Chicago and The Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
                            Ph.D. - 1st Year                                                    Tan Zheng, from Shandong, China,              laminar air curtain above the patient bed, programmable         on C.S Mott Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Ann Arbor,        care architectural firms, including many HIAC members, to               College of Architecture graduate (’06), Alison Cozby,
                           Avery Kennedy, from Portland, Oregon,                                is interested in applying evidence-           LCD wall finish panels, added grab bars and patient lifts for   Mich., and joined the firm full-time in June 2008. Cur-          affect the client’s program requirements.                          has also had a hand in ZGF’s work, contributing most
                           is a nurse practitioner interested                                   based design to create better healing         every patient room.                                             rently, she is serving as- an intern architect on Birmingham          In support of the Department of Defense Base Realign-         recently to the Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital and the
                           in studying how the environment                                      environments. He is also interested                Voice activation was explored as a method to allow         Children’s Hospital in Alabama.                                  ment And Closure initiatives, The Innova Group recently            Providence Everett Medical Tower. Alison is also an active
                           contributes to perception of quality of                              in combining the merits of oriental           the patient control over his or her environment in regard to         The HKS Healthcare Fellowship is a one-year program         completed planning and programming of more than 5                  member of ZGF’s group of Young Design Professionals
                           care for inpatient psychiatric hospitals      culture and western culture to create better architectural form      temperature, lighting, privacy, etc.                            developed to recognize and encourage aspiring and tal-           million square feet of space for medical facilities at various     (YDP) – a group of individuals in the office that can work
    for improved patient experience and emergency department             for health facilities.                                                    Squared-off and sharp corners were totally eliminated      ented recent graduates committed to improving the built          military installations, including two replacement hospitals.       together on issues that face the young professional includ-
    work environment.                                                                                                                         and replaced with rounded and softened corners. For flex-       healthcare environment.                                               The firm also supports capital investment planning            ing but not limited to IDP.
                                                                                                 Xiaodong Xuan                                ibility and space conservation, a family sleeping compart-           As an HKS Healthcare Fellow, in addition to her project     activities for other federal and private sector clients, includ-        ZGF has a commitment to IDP and the principles
                            Brian Briscoe                                                        Masters - 2nd Year                           ment and patient bathroom were designed for retraction          work, Dias has also selected a topic of interest for a special   ing a comprehensive Phoenix Market Area Facility Study as          behind it. Providing in-house seminars on core learning ar-
                            Masters - 1st Year                                               Xiaodong Xuan, from Hefei, China,                when not in use.                                                study. She will investigate and document the differences         well as selection for the University of New Mexico Health          eas; supporting a coordinator to guide interns through the
                            Brian Briscoe, from Kingwood, Texas,                             is interested in sustainable health                                                                              in undertaking the design process working with private           Science Center Master Plan and Hospital Addition.                  IDP process and directly participate in project assignment
                            is interested in sustainable health                              facilities design. He particularly focuses                                                                       (not-for-profit and profit) versus public healthcare orga-            Recently, The Innova Group sponsored a company-wide           and goal setting; reviewing on a regular basis the areas of
                            facilities design. He takes the position                         on encouraging the use of daylighting                                                                            nizations. Following her research, she will write a thesis       retreat in Chicago to improve collaboration, service capa-         needed exposure and taking steps to find opportunities to
                            that sustainability is a necessity for the                       by reducing the discomfort caused by               FKP architects, Inc.                                          paper providing recommendations as well as a checklist for       bilities, and client value. The Innova Group is a 35-person        efficiently gain experience are just some of the ways that
                            future and to the creation of healthy        window typology and placement.                                          www.fkp.com                                                  architects.                                                      healthcare planning firm with offices in Austin, Tucson,           ZGF supports young architects.
    healing environments.                                                                                                                                                                                          “I am excited and honored to be the first HKS               and Boston.                                                             With offices in New York; Washington, DC; Los
                                                                                                 Yanqing You                                                                                                  Healthcare Fellow,” said Dias. “This program will give                                                                              Angeles; Seattle; and Portland, ZGF is one of the nation’s
                            Garam Cha                                                            Masters - 2nd Year                               FKP Architects was recently named one of the Best           recent college graduates, like me, an opportunity to work                                                                           largest architecture firms, with commissions for clients in
                            Masters - 2nd Year                                                  Yanqing “Erin” You, from Guangzhou,           Companies to Work for in Texas, the second consecutive          with leaders in the firm (and the industry) providing an                                                                            government, business, health, research, education, culture,
                          Garam Cha, from South Korea, is                                       China, is interested in evidence based        year the company has received the distinction. Created in       unsurpassed introduction into all aspects of the healthcare        Perkins+will                                                     transportation and urban design.
                          interested in the relationship between                                design’s application and influence            2006, the award program is a project of Texas Monthly,          design process.”                                                    www.perkinswill.com
                          design and health care facilities.                                    to healthcare facility design. She is         the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the Texas State                                                                                                                                            HIAC member firms urged
                          Her final study concentrates on a                                     interested in its potential to define a       Council of the Society of Human Resource Management                                                                                                                                                 to share news with CHSD
                          community mental health center                 better, advanced healing environment and promote the care            (TSC_SHRM) and Best Companies Group. The list is made                                                                                Perkins+Will was the recipient of the CoreNet Global,              Health Industry Advisory Council member
    connected with an existing health care facility.                     delivery system.                                                     up of 100 Texas companies.                                         HoK                                                           AIA and IIDA 6th Annual Sustainable Leadership Award for           firms are encouraged to submit news items to
                                                                                                                                                  With more than 150 employees in its architectural              www.hok.com                                                   Design & Development. When Perkins+Will began apply-               the Center for Health Systems & Design’s Insight
                            Jialiang Wang                                                        Yuxiang Chen                                 practice officing in Houston and Dallas, FKP received its                                                                        ing LEED to projects, we realized it wasn’t enough to make         Newsletter. Relevant news includes research
                            Ph.D. - 1st Year                                                     Masters - 2nd Year                           honor in the medium size company category of 75 to 249                                                                           the significant positive impact that we wanted. Combining          updates, practice innovations, new employee
                            Jialiang “Julian” Wang, from Shandong,                               Yuxiang “Shawn” Chen, from Hangzhou,         employees. FKP has designed projects in 42 states and              HOK and The Methodist Hospital System in Houston              the knowledge from the firm’s thought leaders with the             or internship programs, and news of young
                            China, is interested in bioclimate design                            Zhejiang, China, is interested in the        four foreign countries, and today focuses on Transforming       have teamed up for a significant research project at the         passion of our 1600-person staff, sustainable design has           architects’ involved in their firms. HIAC member
                            aiming for healthy environments,                                     design of healthcare environments to         Business by Design™ throughout the healthcare, research         Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. The project began in mid         become part of the corporate culture. This cultural shift has      firm profiles or news items should be e-mailed
                            especially in variable climate                                       create positive impacts on humans.           and education industries.                                       2008 and will conclude with the opening of a new 500,000         been accomplished by crafting two living documents that            to Judy Pruitt at jpruitt@tamu.edu.
                            conditions.



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bame serves on national
     aSHrae certifies Culp                            oregon paper seeks Hamilton’s input after                                                                                                                                                                                                 health advisory board
     for high-performance                             some complain about ‘extravagant’ hospital                                                                                                                                                                                                Dr. Sherry Bame, asso-
     building design                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ciate professor in the
                                                          Kirk Hamilton, associate                                 been spent in other ways, as in lowering the                                                                                                                                 Department of Landscape
         Dr. Charles Culp,                            professor in the Depart-                                     cost of healthcare,” said Hamilton.                                                                                                                                          Architecture and Urban
     associate professor                              ment of Architecture,                                            “This is an erroneous assumption,” he con-                                                                                                                               Planning, was invited to
     in the Department                                recently weighed in on                                       tinued, “because capital spending comes from                                                                                                                                 serve on the Academy for
     of Architecture, has                             a debate that erupted in                                     other sources.. it may be funded by philan-                                                                                                                                  Health Services Research
     been certified a                                 Springfield, Oregon about                                    thropy…and the quality of facilities are vital to                                                                                                                            and Policy Advisory Board
     High-Performance                                 the design of the new Sa-                                    recruiting and retaining the best staff.”                                                                                                                                    for developing the 2009        Dr. Sherry Bame
     Building Design                                  cred Heart Medical Center.         Kirk Hamilton                 “In fact,” Hamilton said, “capital and debt                                                                                                                              National Health Policy
     Professional by the                                  According to an Aug. 10                                  for facilities and equipment is usually only six                                                                                                                             Conference in Washington, D.C. The annual
     American Society of                              article published in the Eugene Register Guard,              percent of a hospital’s annual budget.”                                                                                                                                      event facilitates exchange between health
     Heating, Refrigerat-                             the hospital complex has a lodge-like lobby                      Almost a quarter-century ago, a landmark                                                                                                                                 services researchers whose work is used to set
     ing and Air-Condi-      Dr. Charles Culp         with art and a three-story river rock fireplace,             study by Roger Ulrich, professor of architecture                                                                                                                             national health policy by legislators.
     tioning Engineers.                               sweeping views of the McKenzie River and                     at Texas A&M, showed that hospital patients
         ASHRAE’s certification program identi-       Coburg Hills from patient rooms, and a stand                 whose rooms overlooked a nature scene, such
     fies individuals who have demonstrated           of towering fir trees on the grounds.                        as at the facility in Oregon, had shorter hospi-           The 7th annual Health Industry Advisory Council meeting at Texas A&M University included 26 member firms.            Visiting Japanese
     the necessary training and tools for the             A retired teacher told the newspaper the                 tal stays and requested less pain medication
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   scholar researching
     design of high-performance buildings that
     live up to their performance capability.
         The content of the exam includes:
                                                      facility is an “opulent monument to medicine
                                                      that could only have been built on huge
                                                      profits and the promise of more … it’s like
                                                                                                                   than patients whose rooms looked out onto
                                                                                                                   the wall of a building.
                                                                                                                       Ulrich and others have continued to show
                                                                                                                                                                              HIaC 2008 meeting is largest yet                                                                                     evidence-based design
     sustainability concepts; heating, ventilat-      building a palace in the middle of suffering                 through research that evidence-based health                    Twenty-six member firms attended the                    study to establish a foundation for future                   Dr. Kazuhiko Okamoto, a visiting
     ing and air conditioning and sustainable         and poverty.”                                                facility design can benefit staff and patients             seventh annual Health Industry Advisory                     research;” and Arsenio Rodrigues on “The case            scholar from Japan, is researching
     processes and environmental improve-                 Hamilton, associate director for the Center              by reducing medical errors, improving staff                Council (HIAC) meeting held Oct. 16-18 at the               for sacred architecture as healing environ-              evidence based design at Texas A&M
     ment programs and rating systems; energy         for Health Systems & Design, said the teacher’s              performance, and reducing stress.                          Texas A&M University College of Architecture.               ments: Findings from focus group discussions             University’s College of Architecture dur-
     analysis; indoor environment; controls           view is a common misconception of the intent                     Despite these findings, patient- and staff-                The meeting began Friday morning with                   conducted at a sacred and secular building.”             ing an 18-month
     and monitoring; benchmarking with                of evidence-based design at healthcare facili-               centered design at medical centers can be                  an update on the Architecture-for-Health                        HIAC members spent the afternoon                     fellowship from the
     performance metrics; water conservation;         ties.                                                        confused with extravagance, as is the case in              program by Dr. Mardelle Shepley, director of                visiting with students andreviewing current              University of Tokyo
     commissioning in sustainable construc-               “Whenever a hospital design is attractive                Oregon.                                                    the Center for Health Systems & Design. Dr.                 studio projects.                                         and the Kajima
     tion, and operation and maintenance of           it runs the risk of being criticized for excess or               On the other hand, health care buildings               Larry Gamm, professor and head of the De-                       The meeting concluded Saturday morning               Corporation.
     high-performance buildings.                      opulence because the presumption is that if                  can reflect research by Ulrich and his contem-             partment of Health Policy and Management,                   with the third annual SHEA-HIAC portfolio                    Okamoto is an
                                                      it had been less expensive, more could have                  poraries with little room for protest.                     followed with the keynote address, “Organi-                 review, in which students met with architects            assistant professor
                                                                                                                                                                              zational Transformation in Health Systems.”                 from HOK, Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and                at the University
                                                                                                                                                                              Dr. Glen Mills, newly appointed head of the                 Abbott, and Tsoi Kobus & Associates.                     of Tokyo’s Depart-
    Prof, student attend architecture conferences in Florence, Turin                                                                                                          Texas A&M Department of Architecture, was                       With 26 professional members and four                ment of Architec-
                                                                                                                                                                              present to share his vision for the future of               corporate members, HIAC keeps growing as                 ture and has been
        Texas A&M student healthcare architec-                                                                                                                                the department.                                             new firms join annually. The latest member is            involved in the          Dr. Kazuhiko Okamoto
    ture projects where showcased last June at                                                                                                                                    The member firms were updated on                        KMD Architects.                                          design of a number
    the 2008 International Union of Architects’                                                                                                                               activities of the Student Health Environments                   HIAC was founded in 2002 to support the              of hospital facilities. He began teaching
    Public Health Group (UIA/PHG) conference in                                                                                                                               Association (SHEA) by Brian Briscoe, current                activities of the Center for Health Systems              at the University of Tokyo after working
    Florence, Italy.                                                                                                                                                          president of the group, and Adam Panter,                    & Design and students in the College of                  for Okada and Associates in Tokyo.
        George J. Mann, AIA, professor of archi-                                                                                                                              past-president.                                             Architecture with an interest in health design               Okamoto supervises theses of Ph.D.,
    tecture and holder of the Ronald Skaggs,                                                                                                                                      Doctoral students presenting their re-                  and research.                                            masters and undergraduate students,
    FAIA and Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA Endowed                                                                                                                                  search included Samira Pasha, on “Usability                     To become a HIAC member firm, contact                especially those studying medical and
    Chair in Health Facilities Design, and Brian D.                                                                                                                           of outdoor spaces in children’s hospitals;”                 Mardelle Shepley, director of the Center                 welfare facility design, and he teaches
    Briscoe, a Master of Architecture student from                                                                                                                            Laura Prestwood on “Design factors for the                  for Health Systems & Design via e-mail at                architectural design to undergraduates.
    Texas A&M, presented “Recent Healthcare                                                                                                                                   built environment affecting shelter outcomes                mardelle@archone.tamu.edu or call 979-845-                   As a student at the University of To-
    Projects undertaken at Texas A&M University’s                                                                                                                             for female domestic violence victims: A case                7009.                                                    kyo, he earned his Bachelor of Architec-
    ‘Architecture for Health Program’ and Selected                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ture, Master of Architecture, and Ph.D.
    Projects from HKS –Advisory Teaching Firm
    since 1973.” More than 150 representatives
                                                                                                                                                                              Doctoral student presents at national conference                                                                         He has also been a consultant to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   World Health Organization since 2005.
    from countries and universities worldwide                                                                                                                                     Zhipeng Lu, an architecture Ph.D. student at Texas A&M, presented his                                                Okamoto’s visit will also include lay-
    heard the presentation at the P. Spadolini                                                                                                                                research on walkable corridors in assisted living residents at the HEALTH-                                           ing a joint foundation with Texas A&M
    Meyer Children’s Hospital.                                                                                                                                                CARE DESIGN.08 Conference in Washington, D.C. He was one of two                                                      University for the future of GUPHA -
        Mann, the American Institute of Architects                                                                                                                            students who received an AIA/AAH STERIS- Arthur N. Tuttle Jr. Graduate                                               Global University Programs in Healthcare
    liaison to the UIA/PHG, has been a member of      Professor and student, George J. Mann and Brian D. Briscoe, spoke to the more than 150 representatives from countries   Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design.                                                                   Architecture. He was in charge of orga-
    the organization since 1974.                      and universities worldwide who attended the 2008 International Union of Architects’ Public Health Group conference.          His presentation was based on his dissertation research.                                                        nizing GUPHA’s 2007 meeting in Tokyo.
        The conference was cosponsored by the                                                                                                                                     Lu also received the Souder Award for professional achievement in                                                    Okamoto will be joined in mid-No-
    World Health Organization and other Italian       Briscoe traveled to Turin, Italy to attend the                  “This was a tremendous opportunity for                  health facility planning and design research as an AIA/AAH graduate                                                  vember by his wife Ruka, also an archi-
    health-related groups.                            International Union of Architects’ World                     me to connect with the global community of                 fellow.                                                                                                              tect who plans to undertake advanced
        After the Florence gathering, Mann and        Congress.                                                    health facility design,” said Briscoe.                         Information for the fellowship and a listing of fellows can be accessed                                          research in health facility design.
                                                                                                                                                                              on the fellowship’s website: http://www.aia.org/aah_fellowship_overview.                    Zhipeng Lu


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McLeroy           Oelrich     Mah             Parker        Diaz           Diaz          Dias           Iriarte        Ulrich


 Fall 2008 CHSD Architecture-for-Health Lecture Series
 featured diverse variety of healthcare design experts
   Every Wednesday at noon during             “research & Design for Health”              STERIS and the company’s corporate
the fall semester, Texas A&M College          featuring Derek Parker, FAIA, RIBA,         liaison to the AIA- Academy of
of Architecture students had an               FACHA, director of Anshen+Allen             Architecture for Health.
opportunity to hear leading professionals     Architects.
from the allied healthcare professions                                                    “research Informing Design: Can
discuss issues related to health care and     “Maximum Flexibility Through                evidence-based Design Strategies
healthcare facilities design as part of the   Standardization” featuring James R.         Influence Non-Hospital Spaces?”
Architecture-for-Health Lecture Series.       Diaz, FAIA, FACHA, principal and Lari       featuring Tama Duffy Day, FASID, IIDA,
   The public lectures, held in the Wright    Diaz, AIA, both with Kaplan McLaughlin      LEED, AP, principal with Perkins + Will
Gallery of the Langford Architecture          Diaz, Architects.                           Architects.
Center, were sponsored by the Center
for Health Systems & Design, the Health       “a Tale of Two Graduates: a week in         “building Information Modeling”
Industry Advisory Council, Student            the life of ashley and alejandro after      featuring Ron Meyer, AIA, NCARB, vice
Health Environments Association, and          Graduating from Texas a&M” featuring        president of HKS, Inc. and Christopher
Global University Programs in Healthcare      Ashley N. Dias of HKS Inc. and Alejandro    Peck, J.D., AICP, vice president of
Architecture.                                 Iriarte, associate medical planner with     McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Texas
   Topics and featured speakers               WHR Architects, Inc.                        Division.
included:
                                              “Master Planning and Design of the          “Healthy Cities and the Design
“The epidemiologic Transition”                Jersey Shore University and Medical         Institutes in China” featuring Chang-
featuring Ken McLeroy, professor with         Center, Neptune, New Jersey” featuring      Shan Huang, PhD., AICP, ASLA, RLA,
the Department of Social and Behavioral       LaTonya Whitfield-Horhn, AIA, LEED AP,      the Harold L. Adams’ 61 Endowed
Health in the Texas A&M Health Science        project manager with PBK Architects         Interdisciplinary Professor in Landscape
Center’s School of Rural Public Health.       and Tushar Gupta, AIA, NCARB and Marie      Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas
                                              Hoke, AIA, both principals with WHR         A&M University.
“It’s not Just about Hospitals” featuring     Architects, Inc.
Jean Mah, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP,                                                           “Critical Issues in the ‘How’ of
principal of national healthcare practice     “The value and role of STerIS               Healthcare Facilities Design and
leader Perkins + Will Architects.             Corporation, a Healthcare Capital           Construction: our experience with
                                              equipment Provider, brings to the           ‘lean’ and Integrated Project Delivery”
“a Nurse’s Perspective on Hospital            world of Healthcare education and           featuring Phillip Sun, AIA, NCARB, ACHA,
Design” featuring Teri Oelrich, MBA, BSN,     architecture” featuring Robert J.           institutional consulting practice leader
RN, principal with NBBJ.                      Spampani, AIA, project manager with         with Jacobs Carter Burgess.




Whitfield-Horhn   Gupta       Hoke            Spampani      Duffy          Meyer         Huang          Peck           Sun




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