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They Are the Future

Most of the awards bestowed in our industry recognize past accomplishments. We sometimes overlook the fact that there are thousands of young architects, building and product designers, researchers and others who are just starting out, envisioning what can and will be, and dedicating their professional lives in this endeavor.

Our annual Joseph G. Sprague New Investigator Award reminds me of the importance and promise of this next generation, and our shared responsibility to encourage, support and celebrate them at every opportunity.

Last month we announced this year’s award recipients – Devi A. Soman, M.Arch, PGDHHM, EDAC, who attends Clemson University; and Dr. Alessandro Morganti who attends the Politecnico di Milano and is also a Visiting Research Scholar at the Stanford Autism Center.

For Devi’s work on maternal health outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse women, and Dr. Morganti’s work on applying evidence-based design in autism-friendly healthcare spaces, they will each receive $10,000 in funding from The Center to support their ongoing research.

If you missed the announcement of their awards, as well the names and work by other top finalists, you can read it here.

I also want to make sure and extend our deepest appreciation to Joe Sprague, without whose personal commitment this award would not be possible. Asked in a 2013 interview for his advice to students and young professionals, he encouraged them to focus first on “making a difference in peoples’ lives.

The Center’s commitment to young professionals extends beyond this award, from the thousands of open-access healthcare design resources on our website, to many other programs and offerings – EDAC certification, webinars and workshops, Affiliate membership and more – all offered at substantial “student-friendly” discounts.

Please join me in giving a warm and enthusiastic round of virtual applause to this year’s New Investigators!

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO



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This sustainable solution caters to the needs of environmentally conscious consumers and businesses in healthcare facilities, food processing areas, laboratories, or any space that requires a hygienic and easy-to-maintain surface.

Learn more here.


Get 25% Off EDAC Study Guides & Exam Prep

There’s still time left in 2023 to get your EDAC certification – and this month you can get ready for less. Purchase EDAC Study Guides between now and August 31st to get them for 25% off. Plus, get 25% off registration for our September Online Exam Prep Sessions!

Learn more here.


Free Tools & Resources

Behavioral & Mental Health Design
August 17, 2023

CEUs Available

First Look: A New Prototype Model for Mental Health Care
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET

In January 2023, the first build of a prototype for a new behavioral and mental health care model opened in Centralia, Washington. Focused on human-centered design, the model provides space for patients to rehabilitate and leave them better equipped before re-entering the community. Hear the design team share their strategies, the latest developments, and an early look at how the model is working.

Learn more and register.

Choice and Dignity in Behavioral Health Design for Children
12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET

The first of its kind in the state, Children’s Minnesota sits at the intersection of patient choice, comfort and comprehensive care to promote a healing environment. Attend this webinar to hear the design team’s “behind the scenes” interior design considerations and subsequent design decisions.

Learn more and register.

Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

8/17 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Webinar: First Look: A New Prototype Model for Mental Health Care

8/17 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET, Webinar: Choice and Dignity in Behavioral Health Design for Children

8/24 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Voices of the Industry Webinar: The State of the Healthcare Design Industry: Perspectives on Health Equity and Wellness

9/22 8:30 AM PT / 11:30 AM ET, EDAC Virtual Exam Prep Series; Session 1 of 3 (Session 2, 9/29; Session 3, 10/6)

9/28 9:00 AM CT, In-Person Workshop: Behavioral and Mental Health Design: Design Innovations that Improve the Lives of Patients and Staff; Minneapolis, MN. EARLY BIRD SAVINGS END TOMORROW, FRIDAY, AUGUST 11. SAVINGS UP TO 50% FOR GROUPS OF 3+.

Learn, share, connect, and advance your understanding and skills with new research, strategies and case studies delivered by our dynamic, forward-looking and expert faculty.

11/4 8:00 AM CT, Healthcare Design Conference + Expo Coaching Workshop: Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design

Classic Resources

Interactive Design Diagram: Dementia-Friendly Waiting Room

Healthcare is provided in a variety of settings, from a person's home to outpatient clinics, to the hospital. While the settings and specific design elements may differ across the continuum of care, the objectives of safety, efficiency, satisfaction, and high-quality care remain constant.

Our Dementia-Friendly Waiting Room interactive design diagram provides a link between the evidence base, design strategies and desired outcomes. By translating person-centered design strategies drawn from dementia-focused design interventions in residential settings, a dementia-supportive waiting room can support equitable access for the broadest range of patients in any healthcare setting.

Access the diagram.


The Center for Health Design Job Board

The Center's Job Board is a resource for those seeking positions or prospective employees in healthcare architecture, design, facility planning or other related fields.

Purchase a job posting – either 30, 60, or 90 days – or browse what is currently needed by companies or organizations that support our mission of improving the quality of healthcare.

Browse current listings.

Industry News Briefs

Health Care Design for the Waiting Experience

A major part of health care is waiting, and prior research shows that the experience is often stressful and can impact the perception of overall quality of care. However, there is a great design opportunity to reduce anxiety through positive distractions, to facilitate education and to prime patients for the best possible health care experience.
Health Facilities Management Magazine,

How Art is Transforming Healthcare Facilities

Art continuously enriches our lives. It can evoke the deepest emotions that we keep hidden within ourselves, often bringing someone to tears. But there’s more to art than just entertainment. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have utilized art to guide patients and visitors to new areas of the building and incorporate local elements to make people feel more at home.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

What Misconceptions Does Healthcare Have About Home-Based Care?

The at-home care field holds significant market potential. As the subsector continues to grow, some leaders of home healthcare startups are challenging misconceptions that some other industry stakeholders may still have, including the misbelief that at-home care is only for senior citizens and that this care model lacks scalability.
MedCity News,

Covid Sparked Adoption Of Technology — Here’s How It’s Influencing Design

The Covid-19 pandemic ushered in a mass adoption of technology, with platforms like Zoom being embraced overnight, and social media and streaming services experiencing a boom in users. Telemedicine peaked as a means to reduce the spread of disease and allow people to receive non-emergency care, with 37% of adults reporting the use of telehealth services in 2021. Though this spike has lowered due to the reopening of facilities, the convenience of telehealth for both patients and providers means it’s here to stay.
Forbes,

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Contact our VP Relationship Development Randy Carter, rcarter@healthdesign.org, (541) 965-1922.


The Center for Health Design is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education and advocacy. Learn more. For information about sponsor or partnership opportuniteis, contact our VP of Relationship Development, Randy Carter.

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