Generative Design for Healthcare Planning

When:  Nov 7, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
Earn 1.0 AIA LU/HSW | Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 2–3pm EDT


Generative design, a method of design investigation utilizing algorithmic or rule-based systems to generate automated digital outputs, is gaining importance within schools of architecture and the design software development community. Often paired with parametric modeling tools, generative design techniques allow rapid production, analysis, and visualization of design options based on varied data inputs.

This session will present the concept of generative design using healthcare projects as case studies. Attendees will learn how the forefront of digital technology can shape the way programmers, planners, and designers approach healthcare design through cutting-edge research undertaken by Autodesk, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Perkins+Will.

Learning objectives

After participating in this webinar attendees will be equipped to:

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  1. Understand the history and principles of generative design and parametric modeling.
  2. Discover the ways generative design can impact the future of healthcare design and planning.
  3. Discuss ways to modify the programming and planning process to yield faster and more inclusive results.
  4. Identify the research informing the use of new digital tools and technologies as they relate to the healthcare environment.

Ideal audience

This session is part of the Master Studio Series by the Academy of Architecture for Health.  The web-based 60 minute seminars are tailored to healthcare design professionals with sufficient exposure to jump-start interest in wanting to learn more.

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Rita Ho, LEED AP

Rita has 20 years of experience in the field of architecture and close to 15 years in healthcare projects in U.S. & Asia. Rita is currently co-chair of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Webinar Committee.



Diana Davis AIA, LEED AP

Diana is the managing Director of the Perkins + Will Houston office, a principal & healthcare practice leader. She has 20 years of experience working with academic medical center and community hospital clients, and has played an instrumental role in the design, planning, and delivery of healthcare projects. Diana brings a special interest in Lean planning and evidence-based design to her work. Diana is a co-founder of the firm’s Innovation Incubator program, which awards research and development micro-grants to designers to fund innovative solutions to real-world design challenges.


John Haymaker Ph.D., AIA, LEED AP

John is the director for Research, overseeing the firm’s formal investigations to material performance, design process, building technology, resilience, regeneration, and human health and wellness in the built environment. John works closely with a team of researchers, designers, and academics to expand the firm’s knowledge base in pursuit of state-of-the-art design solutions. He also oversees Perkins+Will’s Research Labs, Innovation Incubator program, and nonprofit research.

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