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Interiors students analyze healthcare environments

October 22, 2013   |  

The fourth-year students in the University of Kentucky School of Interiors participating in Assistant Professor Lindsey Guinther’s healthcare design studio recently traveled to Nashville, TN to more closely examine their studio project’s context. The visit offered students the opportunity to more personally connect with their site, which will be home to a seven-story new construction medical facility.
The students engaged with healthcare design professionals at the Nashville based Gresham, Smith & Partners. Here, Principal and Workplace Strategist Jack Weber, presented several related projects and facilitated a tour of the Middle Tennessee Medical Center.
The students also toured the recently completed Music City Center by tvsdesign to gain design inspiration specifically related to the implementation of community-based art installations in interiors.
Upon returning to Lexington, the students worked on programming scenarios for a variety of healthcare fields, using a neighborhood in Nashville as their site for analysis. Teams of students then visited healthcare environments throughout Lexington to obtain real-world data on patient usage, workplace efficiency, and activity analysis. They presented their findings to a panel of reviewers, including UK/CoD alum Chris Fredi of EOP Architects who has worked extensively in the field of healthcare design.
See the selections of the programming scenarios below.