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Webinar: Healthcare Environments: 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.


Research suggests a relationship between color and indoor environmental quality. A color's context is important when specifying tones and their impact on design applications, such as spatial location (e.g., wayfinding), surface shape (e.g., stop sign), cultural interpretation (e.g., cultural significance), and other circumstances that may influence color use in the built environment. this webinar will share literature review results, design survey outcomes, best practices and resources for lighting, contrast, and low vision, and research conclutions.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand current color research and the relationship between building users and the built environment.
  • Evaluate the impact of color, contrast, and light on building users.
  • Identify the potential benefit of tunable LEDS on building users.
  • Apply appropriate color use and contrast for those with low vision and its 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. She is an Associate Professor at Baylor University's College of Health and Human Science and a Fellow at Texas A&M University's Center for Health Systems & Design. 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 material contamination 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 elder care.

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. She was also recognized as an Honorary Alumni of Clemson University’s Architecture + Health program and 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.