By Katherine Ankerson
Professor and Department Head, Interior Architecture & Product Design
Kansas State University
  • Category: Commercial
  • Level of Project: 3rd Year
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Cost: $35
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Course Description

The design of healthcare facilities presents an opportunity to affect people in what is often a very stressful time of their lives. Some questions include how do we design for our children, some who come into the world the size of a pound of butter? Or, for those elderly people whose poorly functioning hearts turn their skin the color of the night sky? How do we make a difference?

This studio project helps students explore how their work fits within the global view of health and design with the goal of positive patient and staff experience. The project package offers thoughtful descriptions of the programming, concept and design development phase activities, with helpful guidance for instructors that prompts their further customization of the project’s objectives. The package also provides multiple teaching and learning aids including an introductory student reference list for programming activities, peer review exercises, and performance rubrics that make assessment meaningful for students.
Interior Design Teaching Resources categories addressed by this project:
  • Commercial Design
  • Communication: Digital
  • Communication: Non-Digital
  • Design Process
  • Human Factors
  • Interior Construction, Codes and Regulations
  • Lighting
  • Products & Materials
Project also includes:
  • Project description with goals and objectives 
  • Required student materials to complete the project
  • Preparation resources
  • Category of content identified
  • Deliverables list
  • Grading tools and/or rubrics
  • Research/Programming Phase Assignment
  • Peer Review Assessment Sheets
  • Bibliography of relevant sources
Student project by Lisa Collingsworth accomplished under professor Tom Allisma during the Fall semester 2010.
*Rarely does our work reflect the singular voice of an educator, rather, it is informed and massaged by those we teach with. Such is the case here, and credit is joyfully given to Professors Tom Allisma and Peter Hind for their simultaneous broadening and deepening of my approach and understanding of excellence in studio design in general and healthcare design specifically.“
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