Jan 14, 2021 at 12pm

Architectural Design as a Determinant of Health


Hi Everyone,


I’d like to invite you all to a unique opportunity this week! Dr. Diana C. Anderson, MD, M.Arch will be presenting on Architectural Design as a Determinant of Health! Please see the below information for more details on the talk and Dr. Anderson!




Presentation Overview:


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 by isolating patients and preparing them for a return to normal life. In the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we can revisit the sanatorium model to de-medicalize architecture, and emphasize infection prevention and control. It is imperative that we consider a convergence of the healthcare and design disciplines in order to promote innovative solutions to augment built environment resilience and subsequently support equitable, safe and efficient care delivery.



About Dr. Anderson:


Dr. Anderson is a healthcare architect, a board-certified internist and a geriatrician. As a “dochitect”, she combines educational and professional experience in both medicine and architecture. Dr. Anderson has worked on hospital design projects globally and is widely published in both architectural and medical journals, books and the popular press. She is a frequent speaker about the impacts of healthcare design on patient outcomes and care delivery. A Co-Founder of Clinicians for Design, this international network of leaders seeks to inspire and accelerate the design of environments and systems. A past Fellow of the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, she explores the ethics of built space. As a Principal at Jacobs, Dr. Anderson provides thought leadership at the intersection of design and health. She is a current research fellow in geriatric neurology at the VA Boston Healthcare System.


Learn more about evidence based-design and its role in healthcare @:  https://www.dochitect.com/





Architectural Design as a Determinant of Health-Diana Anderson, MD, ACHA
Time: Jan 14, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)





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Andy Rivera & Jeremy Fagan


Andrew Rivera, M.S.

MD Class of 2023

Tulane School of Medicine