12/20/18 USC Architecture to Host AIA Committee on Architecture in Healthcare


On Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, the School of Architecture will host the AIA Committee on Architecture in Healthcare with a USC Healthcare Graduate Studio Presentation.

This year, the USC School of Architecture began to explore a more formal presence for healthcare design problems in its graduate studio program. In fall 2018, a two-unit seminar (ARCH 522 Healthcare Design) was created to provide a broad-based introduction to the topic, and was offered in conjunction with a six-unit graduate design studio (ARCH 705) for an in-depth exploration. The Jan. 16 reception will highlight the work of the USC School of Architecture graduate students and will feature a short introduction from professor of architecture and gerontology, Victor Regnier, FAIA, who taught the fall 2018 studio and seminar.

Student projects in the recent studio focused on a 100,000-square-foot outpatient rehabilitation center on a six-acre site at the east edge of Barnsdall Park, where a 50-year-old shopping center is currently located. Students were challenged to create a building with six clinics, an exercise facility, a healing garden and an education center. They were also expected to connect the building with the park on the east, Vermont Avenue on the west, and a new grove of olive trees to the north.

Through a combined studio/seminar teaching model, the course focused on studio-based design decision-making as well as history, contemporary design trends, public health considerations, specialized hospital spaces/components and technological advancement. The projects also offered insight into future possibilities for healthcare architecture design and research studies at USC Architecture and other schools in the Los Angeles area.

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