Event: Symposium on Sustainability in Healthcare
Title: Architectural Design as a Determinant of Heath
Date: May 25, 2021
KEYNOTE LUNCH – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Keynote Presentation: “Architectural Design as a Determinant of Health”
Presenter: Diana Anderson, MD, M.Arch
Our understanding of the role the environment plays in shaping health has expanded immensely over the last few decades. A growing body of empirical data and evidence-based design research demonstrates that architecture impacts care delivery as well as health outcomes.
This talk explores built space as an important determinant of health and questions whether the built environment itself should be considered alongside other parameters of care, analogous to our medical interventions. Historical examples of the convergence of hospital architecture and medical practice exist. The design of the tuberculosis sanatorium during the early 20th century illustrates this infrequent intersection; the healthy building emphasizing contact with nature, developed to prevent the spread of contagions.
In the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we can revisit past models and consider new and sustainable innovations to emphasize infection prevention and control. A current focus on design equity, ensuring overall accessibility to healthcare-built space, is explored through universal design principles. It is imperative that we consider a convergence of the healthcare and design disciplines in order to promote novel solutions to augment-built environment resilience and subsequently support equitable, safe and efficient care delivery.
More information about the event is available HERE.