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.
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.
How can health designers respond to the challenge of the COVID-19 challenge while ensuring that patients and staff are supported by a healing and salutogenic environment. Is id possible?
I recently peer-reviewed an academic paper that explored how well architects and other designers understand and value ‘research’. The author also looked at the degree to which architects engage in or initiate research studies, and then apply original findings to their projects. Reading this paper led me to reflect on how architects define research, andContinue reading “Healthcare Designers and Research”