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Health care architecture students unveil Nigerian hospital designs

Students to unveil design concepts for Nigerian hospitals

posted April 24, 2014
Texas A&M environmental design students developed design concepts for two hospitals proposed as part of a medical complex to be located in Nigeria. Their designs were presented to Nigerian dignitaries at an April 28 event at the Jon L. Hagler Center.
Nigerians receive plan created by LAND students for medical city

Nigerians receive LAND students’ plan for medical city

posted January 29, 2014
In an effort to raise Nigeria's health care standards, a Nigerian company is preparing to build a world-class medical service and research city based on a master plan created by graduate landscape architecture students at Texas A&M.
Architecture-for-health lectures eye leadership role in healthcare

CHSD's healthcare architecture lectures focus on leadership

posted January 16, 2014
A distinguished group of healthcare administrators and facility designers will discuss how leadership can elevate the level of care provided by the United States’ healthcare system at the Spring 2014 Architecture for Health Lecture Series at Texas A&M.
Italians embrace Rodiek’s survey for evaluating outdoor spaces

Italians using Rodiek’s 2007 outdoor survey

posted December 4, 2013
Graduate students in Italy, using a survey developed at Texas A&M’s Center for Health Systems & Design, found that many outdoor spaces in Milan nursing homes could benefit from improvements that increase residents' outdoor access.
Architecture-for-health lectures eyed integrated project delivery

Fall lecture series eyed integrated project delivery

posted August 23, 2013
The Fall 2013 Architecture-for-Health Lecture Series featured 13 presentations by luminaries from the design and construction industries focused on integrated project delivery — a collaborative design and construction process.
Healthier, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods are goal of TAMU professors' walkability research

Research eyes neighborhood walkability

posted August 16, 2013
Two Texas A&M College of Architecture professors who are researching how urban design can encourage, rather than impede, physical activity and help combat sedentary lifestyles.
Ph.D. student’s new book offers healing garden design resource

Student writes healing garden design book

posted June 7, 2013
A new comprehensive evidence-based guide for designing healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes for healthcare facilities was co-authored by Naomi Sachs, a Ph.D. architecture student at Texas A&M.
Students create designs for children's healthcare facility

Students unveil children's health facility designs

posted April 22, 2013
Six design proposals for a 153,000 square-foot children’s outpatient health center in historic downtown Richmond, Va., will be unveiled by Texas A&M senior environmental design students at a 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 24.
Study yields tool for optimizing nursing workflow in hospitals

Study provides tool to help optimize nursing workflow

posted February 25, 2013
An design efficiency checklist for medical facilities developed by researchers provides solutions for flawed floor plans that can contribute to medical staff fatigue, cause distractions that hinder patient-care and potentially result in higher medical costs.
Multidisciplinary effort produces veteran treatment center designs

Treatment center designs aid PTSD, head-injured vets

posted February 20, 2013
Treatment centers that can be quickly constructed to treat veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder were designed last fall in a multidisciplinary studio at the Texas A&M College of Architecture.
CHSD faculty fellow leads effort to modernize Nigerian health care

Effort eyes upgrade for Nigerian state's health care service

posted February 12, 2013
A world-class system aimed at modernizing the delivery of health care in the Nigerian state of Akwa Ibon was developed with leadership from the Ustawi Research Institute, headed by Macharia Waruingi, a faculty fellow at the Center for Health Systems & Design.
CHSD faculty fellow promotes family vegetable gardening

Texas Grow! Eat! Go! initiative promotes vegetable gardening

posted February 5, 2013
The “Texas Grow! Eat! Go!” family gardening initiative is part of an obesity study headed by Judy Warren, a faculty fellow at the College of Architecture's Center for Health Systems & Design.
Ph.D. student tells design blogger about nature’s healing powers

Ph.D. student touts nature's healing power in interview

posted January 24, 2013
There’s an unmistakable link between nature and wellness for people everywhere, whether they’re at work, at home, or in a healthcare facility, said Naomi Sachs, a Ph.D. architecture student at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, in an architecture blog.
Architecture students collaborate on Chinese cancer center design

Collaboration yields Chinese cancer center designs

posted November 27, 2012
This fall, graduate Texas A&M architecture students collaborated with their counterparts at the University of Oklahoma and Southeast University in Nanjing, China to develop a campus master plan for a 27-acre, cancer center and 300-bed cancer rehabilitation hospital in Hainan Island, China.
Walkable community’s influence on physical activity investigated

Zhu heading physical activity study project

posted October 23, 2012
A research project examining the effect of pedestrian and activity-friendly communities on residents’ health led by Xuemei Zhu, assistant professor of architecture, is part of a new American Institute of Architects’ initiative to fund projects leading to design solutions addressing challenges in public health.