The Architect’s Argument

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Behind the Design
The Architect’s Argument

Architects have always argued that a building’s structure can affect our thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  Now, behavioral scientists have facts to back up those claims. The Beginning Formal investigations into how humans interact with the built environment began in the 1950s, when several research groups analyzed how the design of hospitals, particularly psychiatric facilities, influenced […]

5 Characteristics of a Flexible Hospital Room

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Behind the Design
5 Characteristics of a Flexible Hospital Room

Building flexible hospital rooms that can accommodate multiple functions has become a top priority in healthcare design. If a room/space can serve as the environment for several different things, then the level of hospital efficiency goes up and costs to patients go down. To understand just how much, Joseph Johnston Jr., principal at FreemanWhite (San Diego), […]

A New Kind of Clinic

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Behind the Design
A New Kind of Clinic

The information below is an excerpt of an article posted on healthcaredesignmagazine.com. It discusses the newest trends in healthcare design. The article focuses on patient centered design and creating spa-like treatment centers to improve patient experience. In today’s healthcare model, flexibility and adaptability are essential to delivering quality care, responding to today’s needs as well […]

Improve Overcrowded Emergency Departments with Design

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Behind the Design
Improve Overcrowded Emergency Departments with Design

We have seen an increase in recent years of Emergency Department (ED) demand. With that demand comes new challenges that the healthcare administration and the staff must overcome in order to provide the utmost care. Below is a summary of an article written by Lisa Ellis, a Boston-based freelance writer for The Center for Health […]

The Use of Color in Healthcare Settings Can Impact Mental Health

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Behind the Design
The Use of Color in Healthcare Settings Can Impact Mental Health

  Color is a fundamental element of design. Interior Designers are well schooled in the psychological effects of each color and combinations of color. Colors can put people in a certain state of mind. Some colors make us feel calm and relaxed while others cheer and excite. When we think about what colors are to […]

This Interactive Design Tool Provides a Deeper Understanding of How to Make Healthcare Facilities Safer and More Efficient for All

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Behind the Design
This Interactive Design Tool Provides a Deeper Understanding of How to Make Healthcare Facilities Safer and More Efficient for All

Last year, Marie Wikoff of Wikoff Design Studio in Reno, Nevada, acquired the Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC). The accreditation is highly sought after because individuals with this level of expertise can improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs through design. The Center for Health Design provides industry tools that EDAC healthcare design professionals can […]

Three Design Tips to Create a First Impression That Lasts

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 in Behind the Design

The condition of a healthcare facility speaks volumes to patients, their friends and family and to the staff providing service. The old adage is: You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Below are some quick tips to ensure that healthcare designers can make a first impression that lasts.  Define the First […]