Irvin E. Richter
Ronald L. Skaggs
Joseph G. Sprague
The challenge of designing healthcare facilities in today’s world of accelerating change, uncertain economies and a growing population is the subject of this fall’s Architecture-For-Health lecture series at Texas A&M.
Most of the lectures are scheduled on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Wright Gallery on the second floor of Langford Architecture Center building A. See the series brochure for a complete lecture schedule and locations.
Internationally recognized leaders in several disciplines, including public health professionals, architects, landscape architects, and health and hospital building contractors with considerable experience in designing and building health and hospital facilities all over the world will share their international expertise and experience in the lectures, all of which are open to the public.
Many architectural, landscape architecture, and construction firms are rapidly evolving their practices, said George J. Mann, professor of architecture, who organized the series, “Pitfalls, Problems and Opportunities in an International Architecture for Health Practice.”
“The world’s healthcare needs go far beyond just the design of health facilities to include planning, design and construction of healthy cities and healthy living, recreational, transportation and working environments,” said Mann, who developed the series as the holder of the Skaggs-Sprague Endowed Chair in Health Facilities Design.
Some firms, said Mann, have established offices around the world, while others have combined interdisciplinary clinical research medical groups with their practices.
“Still others have combined their interdisciplinary design capabilities with construction management, facility management and operation,” said Mann, “and others have integrated financial services for design construction and operation of facilities. Servicing the projects with experienced professionals is also a challenge for these firms’ human resource departments.”
Competing for and effectively undertaking international projects is very difficult and fraught with problems, pitfalls and opportunities, said Mann.
The series’ keynote address will be presented by Chuck McDaniel, managing principal of the SWA Group in Dallas at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 5 in the Wright Gallery. McDaniel, a landscape architect and an outstanding alumnus of the Texas A&M College of Architecture, has designed projects built on five continents and 22 states.
“I see project development as a series of independent tasks,” said McDaniel. “Architecture creates the structures, civil engineering brings in infrastructure, interior design shapes the architecture from the inside out, and, in the key stroke, landscape architecture unifies the disparate interests of each function.”
One of the highlights of this fall’s series is a roundtable discussion of international healthcare design by members of the Center for Health Systems & Design’s Health Industry Advisory Council at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 in the Langford B exhibit hall.
Other speakers this fall include:
For more information, contact Judy Pruitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979.845.7009.