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Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series Underway

September 15, 2017

Architecture for health

By Richard Nira, Texas A&M University College of Agriculture

Leading U.S. healthcare experts will discuss how technology can improve healthcare delivery and contain costs in a nation with shifting healthcare demographics and economics in the Fall 2017 Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series at the Texas A&M College of Architecture.

This fall’s lectures, “Improving Health & Health Facilities Design for the People of the United States: Merging Technology with Architecture for Health Toward
the Prevention, Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease,” are open to the public and will take place most Fridays at 12:40 p.m. in Scoates Hall Room 208.

The series is also offered to students as a 1-hour credit course: ARCH 681 for graduate students and ARCH 481 for undergraduates.

Licensed architects attending the lectures are eligible to earn continuing education credits in health, safety and welfare topic areas.

The speakers, experts in healthcare design, administration and insurance, will also discuss providers’ opportunities and challenges that arise from serving millions of insured and uninsured patients of all ages through a multitude of healthcare networks, and how technology can help mitigate effects of the physical distance between healthcare facilities and patients in remote areas, said George J. Mann, professor of architecture and the lecture series coordinator.

“These distances present special challenges for emergency providers and create opportunities to supply care through videoconferencing equipment, mobile devices, and other digital means,” said Mann, holder of the Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA Endowed Professorship in Health Facilities Design.

The series is also coordinated by Zhipeng Lu, senior architecture lecturer and associate director of the Texas A&M Center for Health Systems and Design, Bita Kash, director of the university’s Center for Health Organization Transformation, and Victoria Villarreal, president of the Student Health Environments Association.

The lectures are sponsored by Ronald L. Skaggs ‘65, chairman emeritus, HKS Inc., and Joseph G. Sprague ‘70, principal, senior vice president and healthcare director, HKS Inc., through the Skaggs – Sprague Endowed Chair of Health Facilities Design.

Visit ArchOne for the full lineup of speakers and dates.


This story by Richard Nira originally appeared in ArchOne.

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