Sustainability in Health Design

Born and educated in Broken Hill, I moved to Sydney to study and qualify as an Architectural Technician at almost exactly the time of the Mainline Constructions collapse. This collapse left the city with many new, empty multi-storey buildings to be tenanted by a large number of American business organisations seeking to set up inContinue reading “Sustainability in Health Design”

Climate – what must we do?

Professor Donaldson’s background as an Architect has led him to become a global sensation in the world of Health Design and sustainability. From Asia to USA, UK and Australia Ross has lectured around the world on the importance of climate change and how design can help reduce our carbon footprint. Currently the Chairperson of Bridge 42, RossContinue reading “Climate – what must we do?”

Mass Engineered Timber (MET) Construction: its feasibility in hot & humid SE Asian cities”

To meet the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit the global temperature increase below 1.5oC, the global economy is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2050.  We know that the building sector contributes a major part of carbon emissions of up to 37% in 2020.  So, the building industry worldwide is seekingContinue reading Mass Engineered Timber (MET) Construction: its feasibility in hot & humid SE Asian cities”

Innovation in Hospital Building Design

Evidence for the impact of place Correlational evidence suggests that place can significantly impact a person’s health, well-being, emotions, self-esteem, security and identity. The impact of the built environment on health and well-being is particularly important when considering the design of healthcare facilities. This is especially true for the most complex form of healthcare buildingContinue reading “Innovation in Hospital Building Design”

Announcing the winner of the 2022 Inaugural Health Research Scholarhip

The Australian Health Design Council is proud to announce the winner of the 2022 Health Design Scholarship as Katharina Nieberler-Walker who is undertaking a PhD at Griffith University, QLD, investigating Therapeutic Hospital Gardens. Katharina has previously published a well received article in this blog – see it here. Designing Therapeutic Hospital Gardens (THG) Globally TheContinue reading “Announcing the winner of the 2022 Inaugural Health Research Scholarhip”

Designing Therapeutic Hospital Gardens (THG) Globally

This research will enable practitioners, designers and hospital administrators to create purposefully designed and well-integrated hospital gardens globally, to further human, environmental and organisational health.

Design for Staff Wellbeing

As designers we often highlight the importance of positive spatial experiences for patients, and the need to create environments which reduce stress and improve patient satisfaction. Meanwhile, staff spaces are often designed for efficiency, travel distances, infection control and logistics. Clearly, we need to go beyond physical safety in occupational environments to support holistic staff wellbeing.