Henry Chao

Designing Hospitals in Asia With Cultural Sensitivity

Three Western projects in Asia reveal how even subtle cultural differences can significantly impact the design of hospitals.

  How can architects expand Western science and medicine into parts of the world with different cultural and traditional values? Western designers have been designing healthcare facilities across the world since colonial times. For centuries, the flow of medical knowledge — as with the flow of military and financial power — was one-sided. But over the past two decades, as…