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Toronto Health Design Insights Networking Event

When: May 22, 2019
Time: 5:00pm Eastern
Where: Toronto, ON Canada
Price: Free for Affiliate Members (log in to website)

These networking events feature an educational session worth 1 EDAC CEU/AIA + plenty of social time to meet the local healthcare design community.

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What’s new in healthcare design? What’s changing? Who’s doing what and where? And what do your local colleagues think about it all?

Join us to catch up on the latest industry buzz and connect with colleagues in a casual setting over wine and hors d’oeuvres. 

4:30 PM Doors Open
5:00 PM Wine & Hors D’oeuvres
6:00 PM Presentation
7:00 PM Networking
8:00 PM Doors Close

This event is FREE to CHD Affiliate Members, Partners, and Guests. Non-members can attend for a $65 donation which can later be applied towards membership.  Contact Lynn Kenney for details,  lkenney@healthdesign.org.


"Designing for Safety in Health Facilities. More than Meets the Eye"

As architects and designers who create spaces where healthcare services are delivered, what can we do to design the safest environment? At a minimum we need to build spaces where occupants are not in danger of becoming physically harmed as they interact with their surroundings. We rely on local building codes, standards such as the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) and guidelines like the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities. As designers there is so much more we can do. Please join Michele as she highlights some design elements that can add value and increase safety in the healthcare environment.


Event Venue:

55 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5J 2H7

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain an understanding of how designers enhance the health and welfare of the users and staff through an exploration of built projects.
  2. Explore the elements of ‘safe design’ for diverse patient populations.
  3. Identify opportunities to add value by integrating durable and sustainable finishes in the healthcare environment.
  4. Discuss possible safety hazards and how to help mitigate risk.


Presenting Faculty

Michele Cohen, OAA, MARCH, MRAIC, LEED AP, Principal, Health Sciences, NORR Architects and Engineers Ltd, Toronto Canada

Michele is a principle at NORR Architects and Engineers and leads the Health Science Studio. She is an innovative and resourceful licenced architect and planner with 25 years of professional experience. Michele has a Master of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc and practiced architecture in Los Angles for 10 years before moving to Toronto, Ontario. Michele’s first major healthcare project was the LAC+USC Medical Centre in Los Angeles. She moved to Canada and continued working in the alternative finance and procurement P3 market on both compliance and design teams. She has been involved in 10 healthcare P3 projects across Canada since 2006. Michele led the successful pursuit of the 18 storey St. Michael’s Hospital Peter Gilgam Patient Tower and is currently working with NORR to complete the project.