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REMINDER:Join us on 9/8 on Case Study Series: Transformation of Hospital Design after a 'disaster' or 'unforeseen event'

  • 1.  REMINDER:Join us on 9/8 on Case Study Series: Transformation of Hospital Design after a 'disaster' or 'unforeseen event'

    Posted 09-03-2020 12:58 PM

    Earn 1 AIA HSW LU | Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | 2-3 pm ET


    Hospital design has changed throughout the history. This session will present a retrospective review of hospital design transformation due to a disaster or unforeseen event, such as, the developments of pavilion plan by Florence Nightingale. Various types of disasters or events will be discussed, and the lessons learned, and how those drive the need for the design change. For example, due to the experience of Hurricane Katrina, the design strategies for evacuating the ICU patient from hospital facility has improved. This session will also review the global response in hospital design for COVID-19, and the future challenges and preparedness.

    Learning Objectives

    After participating in this webinar attendees will:

    1. Gain knowledge about history of hospital design formation or transformation due to a 'disaster' or 'unforeseen event'.
    2. Identify various types of disasters or events that drive the need for design change.
    3. Learn hospital design considerations based on recent disaster threats.
    4. Develop understanding about future emergency preparedness.


    Sharmin Kader, Ph.D

    Arsalan Gharaveis, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, IIA, MARC, EDAC

    Cindy Beckham, Principal | Healthcare Studio Leader, SmithGroup

    Adriana Garcia
    Manager, Equipment Planning
    McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
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