Sunday, November 4, 2012
P01: Outsights for Healthcare Design
Chris Downey, AIA
Chris Downey, AIA is an architect that has found new strength, inspiration and passion for architecture through his unexpected, sudden and total sight loss. As one of the few architects in the world practicing without sight, Chris speaks regularly about insights of life and architecture through the apparent paradox of a blind architect.
Realizing that blindness is less about the sight that you don't have and more about the senses and capacity that remain, Chris revels in the discovery of new ways and means to understand, interact with and appreciate the world and architecture around him. The resulting insights, or "outsights" as he calls them, are at times humorous, surprising and instructive. Far more than a study in accessibility or wayfinding for the visually impaired, Chris shares an alternative experience where architectural space, design and delight are sensed in non-visual ways and how those revelations can lead toward better and richer environments for all to enjoy.
About the Speaker
Chris Downey, AIA, is an architect, planner and consultant who lost his sight in 2008. Today, he is dedicated to creating more effective and enriching environments for the blind and visually impaired. Whether working as a planning and programming team member or as a client representative, he draws on his unique perspective as an experienced architect without sight. His approach is rooted in the idea that designing better environments for the visually impaired enhances the experience for all people.
Chris specializes in projects serving the blind and visually impaired in particular, and helping to make buildings and environments of all types more accessible for all. He has consulted on the design of the new Polytrauma-Blind Rehabilitation Center for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in California; a proposed clinic for the Duke University Eye Center in Durham, NC; renovations to Associated Blind Housing in New York City; and the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco. He helps design teams achieve greater access—not only access to space and information but also a "delight" in architecture beyond sight.
Monday, November 5, 2012
P02: If You Truly Want to Understand Something, Try To Change It
Derek Parker, FAIA, RIBA, FACHA, Vice Chair, Laguna Honda Hospital Foundation; Director, Marin General Hospital; Advisor to Aditazz
This mantra has been the working philosophy of the 2012 Center for Health Design Change Maker award recipient, Derek Parker, who is arguably at the top of the list of architects who have significantly impacted healthcare building design. Throughout his five-decade career, Derek’s lists of accomplishments has provided visionary leadership that inspires healthcare designers to innovate, elevate, and revolutionize. And he is not done! Derek’s message is that the healthcare segment, compared to other industries, has been sorely lacking in “true innovation”. Now is the time to re-think, fully understand the systems that are holding us back, and change it for the future through real and courageous innovation and process optimization. In an in-depth interview conducted by long-time colleague and friend, Dr. Leonard L. Berry, hear what are the next steps that are critical for healthcare design and delivery.
About the Speaker:
Derek Parker, FAIA, RIBA, FACHA is an internationally recognized expert in the design of healthcare and medical research facilities. Parker has designed and planned over 50 major hospitals, diagnostic care centers, hospices, and medical research institutes in his 55 years in practice.
A registered architect in the United Kingdom, The Peoples Republic of China, and in many States in the U.S., Derek has designed projects in the U.S., Canada, Australia, China, Japan, Philippines, England, Italy, and Turkey. He has speaking engagements worldwide. Derek has received Life Time Achievement Awards from The American College of Healthcare Architects and from The International Academy for Design and Health in Stockholm.
He is Vice Chair of the Laguna Honda Hospital Foundation, a Director of Marin General Hospital and Senior Advisor to Aditazz.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
P03: What Will You Build In the Next Health Care?
Joe Flower, Healthcare Futurist
Healthcare is changing rapidly in fundamental ways. During the remainder of this decade, healthcare providers will be building thousands of structures — building, re-building, re-purposing, infilling, for new and rapidly shifting purposes. Every building must meet its purpose. What are you going to build in the Next Health Care? How are you going to build it? What’s the process that works through this complexity? You’re building for highly complex purposes in a rapidly changing demographic, clinical and business environment — and you want those environments to continue to be useful for decades into the future. Answering those questions, and instantiating the answers in real buildings, is complicated and tough to do, and most health care executives really don’t know how to do it. Frankly, many architects don’t know how to do it.
Joe Flower will lead you through the nature of the deep changes happening now and soon in healthcare, will detail how healthcare design must respond to this extraordinary challenge, illustrated with leading examples from around the industry, outside the industry, and from HEALTHCARE DESIGN 2012.
About the Speaker:
With over 30 years’ experience, Joe Flower has emerged as the premier observer and thought leader on the deep forces changing healthcare in the United States and around the world.
A member of the board of the Center for Health Design and the speaking faculty of the American Hospital Association, Flower has explored the future of healthcare with clients ranging from the World Health Organization, the Global Business Network, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Perkins + Will, and the U.K. National Health Service, to the majority of state hospital associations in the U.S. as well as many of the provincial associations and ministries in Canada, and an extraordinary variety of other players across healthcare — professional associations, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, health plans, physician groups, and numerous hospitals.
Flower is the author of hundreds of articles. He is a regular columnist for the American Hospital Association’s H&HN Daily, as well as author of the new book, Healthcare Beyond Reform: Doing It Right For Half The Cost.