Healthcare Interiors

Designing Hospitals in Asia With Cultural Sensitivity

  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…

Bill Thomas: The Nursing Home Abolitionist

For decades the popular image of the typical nursing home has been one of confinement—a sort of hybrid hospital/prison. It features zonked-out old people tied to wheelchairs nodding off in long, featureless corridors or crying out for help from steel-framed…

Places that Work: A Generative Space

Wilson Hospice House, designed by Perkins + Will, won the 2011 Caritas Project’s Generative Space Award. It is definitely a space that works. The recognition the hospice has received is appropriate because its design has a special psychological effect on…

Bedside Manner 101

Stanford University’s new medical school, designed by NBBJ, places a premium on hands-on learning and the cultivation of “people skills” often sadly lacking in doctors everywhere.