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Webinar: Healthcare Environments and Color: An Evidence-based Approach to the Influence of Color

When: July 15, 2021
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


Literature review updates and results have been completed on the use of color in the built environment utilizing research completed in 2004 as the baseline. The goal of the research was to evaluate color and its relationship to indoor environmental quality (IEQ). Color utilized in context is a consideration when specifying color and its impact of use, such as the location of a color (as in wayfinding), the shape of a surface used with specific colors for correlation (as in stop sign shape and red), cultural interpretations of color (as in enduser cultural meaning of color), and other related factors that influence the use of color. The webinar will include the literature review results, additional design survey results across various design verticals in relationship to the use of color, best practices and resources that evaluate color in conjunction with lighting, contrast, and low vision, and conclusion based upon the research outcomes.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the current research on color in relation to building users and the built environment.
  • Evaluate the impacts of color, contrast, and light on building users.
  • Identify the potential benefit of tunable LEDS on building users.
  • Apply the appropriate use of color and contrast for low vision population and benefits to all building users.


Presenting Faculty

Dr. Debra Harris, Associate Professor in the College of Health and Human Science at Baylor University and a Fellow of the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M University

Dr. Debra Harris is a researcher, product developer, and designer. Her Environmental Forensics and Material Science Laboratory is a resource for environmental material testing and specimen preparation for product life-span, durability, simulation, and performance tests. Current and recent research, applied and bench science, involves biological contamination of materials and surface material influence on the spread of healthcare and community associated infections; and chemical contamination of turnouts, apparatus, and facilities increasing risk of cancer in firefighters. Her body of work is focused on factors affecting user experience and outcomes, especially related to health, productivity, safety, and cost implications of the physical environment.

Jane Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ASID, CHID, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, GGA-EB, Principal, JSR Associates Inc.

Jane Rohde believes in a global cultural shift toward person-centered solutions for inclusive design of senior living settings and sits on various eldercare, healthcare, and sustainability committees supporting research, advocacy, and humanistic approaches to care for elders.

In 2015, she received the first Changemaker Award for Environments for Aging from The Center for Health Design and in 2018, she received the ASID Design for Humanity Award, was recognized as an Honorary Alumni of Clemson University’s Architecture + Health program and was honored as one of the top ten Women in Design demonstrating leadership in healthcare and senior living design by Healthcare Design and Environments for Aging Magazines. In 2020, she received the Pioneer Award from the Facility Guidelines Institute for her work on development of licensing codes that support person-centered care with the hope of removing regulatory barriers to advance the long-term care industry for evidence based improved outcomes.