× You are not currently logged in. To receive all the benefits our site has to offer, we encourage you to log in now.

Webinar: Bridging the Gap: Bringing Therapeutic Design into the Home

When: September 20, 2018
Time: 11:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


We all know that the family unit paradigm has changed and healthcare delivery services have changed. People are living longer while experiencing wide ranges of health issues. Caring for aging parents or family members with degenerative diseases is commonplace. The demands placed on the home to provide a safe haven that promotes wellness and independence is a growing and very under-answered need. Home healthcare is one of the rapidly growing industries helping with daily living, but within the design community, there remains a gap.

Design specialization has played a part in creating this design gap, separating residential design from commercial healthcare design. Join this healthcare designer who will share her own voyage to bridge this gap in an attempt to bring healthcare design best practices into the home. Using real life (and award winning) case study examples, she will share the challenges and solutions for not only making the home safe, but a therapeutic and healing environment. This webinar is a must for any designer who has said, “I don’t do residential”.


Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the “design gap” and changed paradigms affecting development of healing environments at home.

  • Explore the question of “if not you, then who?” and an overview of what facilities, non-profits, designers and therapists can do to address the healthcare home environment.

  • Obtain an overview of the “The Meet Knox Project” which outlines strategies for designing for Down Syndrome in the home.

  • Obtain on overview of “Butch’s Sanctuary” project which addresses designing for healing the spirit and bringing joy at the end of life through biophilic design.


Presenting Faculty

Diane Alexander, ASID, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC, Professor, Designer, Making Sensory Design

Diane specialized in Healthcare and Environmental Interior Design, both as a practitioner and educator for many years, but her work was always centered around institutional settings. The Aging Population and Special Needs Community were her focus and she was passionate about her work, felt genuinely rewarded, and was on a meaningful career path.  However, personal family issues opened her eyes to a real design gap that has taken her down a different path for the past 8 years. Diane’s grandchild was born with Down syndrome, her younger brother was discharged from the cancer hospital to return home on hospice care, and then her aging Mom moved in to live with her for her last years. With her healthcare design background, it was so obvious that all three homes were totally unfit for what really could be done, beyond typical modifications, to bring healing home from the institution to personal daily living.  With the help of a paid Sabbatical, Diane had the opportunity to educate herself and has about 80 seminars and presentations under her belt, has created some meaningful pilot studies, and has developed collage classes to further this research and introduce fresh design possibilities. She now feels ready to share her thoughts so others interested can build upon this research and think creatively about how residential designers, healthcare designers, therapists, and institutions can bridge this “Design Gap” as the Tsunami of people needing functional and caring design is growing daily.


Did You Know?

* Many attendees of The Center for Health Design webinars have inquired about IDCEC approval so they can earn ASID, IIDA, and IDS CEU’s. We have looked into this and unfortunately, the cost to upload courses to IDCEC is simply too high for The Center at this time.

You can still earn credit for attending our webinars by requesting an attendance verification certificate. To obtain a certificate, please contact Natalie Gonzalez, Project Manager, ngonzalez@healthdesign.org.

For further details about how to self-report CEUs to IDCEC, please CLICK HERE.