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Health(helth) n. Optimal functioning with freedom from disease or abnormality. By  Design  (di zin’) v. To have as a goal or purpose; intend.
Who: Medical and Design Professionals, Students, General Public
8.25 AIA approved Health, Safety and Welfare CEUs
What: Conference to Improve the Effectiveness of Design Decisions Affecting Human, Community, and Environmental Health
Why: Three contemporary movements in American society will profoundly affect every American in the 21st century.  As health care and design professionals, we can choose to join the movements and thus take an active role in their realization, or we can choose to idly stand-by and observe how they will affect the way we live and work in the future. 

These movements include: 

  • the Integrated Medical Model (and its corollaries, Patient-Centered Care, Holistic Medicine, & Mind-Body Healing); 
  • the Healthy Communities Initiative; 
  • and the Green Architecture Movement and LEEDS. 
At this conference, participants will examine how each movement will affect them personally and professionally as we discuss principles to keep health in our homes and workplaces…by design

This program focuses on the issue of health in the built environment.  As such it considers therapeutic environments in nature and the built environment, and it discusses concepts of health, wellness, stress management, & disease prevention.  The intent of the program is to bring together disparate lines of thought and expertise on health from a variety of disciplines and professional fields.   The purpose is to address qualities of man, nature, and community that are known to reduce stress and instill wellness, and to apply those qualities in the creation and/or enhancement of healthy places in the built environment. 

The organizers of the symposium believe that conceptualizing healthy environments is possible in practically any environment, at any scale with appropriate information.  This workshop seeks to inform and facilitate design professionals, medical practitioners, and the general public in their efforts to protect and/or create spaces that heal, improve health, and promote quality of life in all settings.

Tentative speakers for the symposium are among the most highly respected researchers and practitioners in the Medical and/or Design Arts. They include:

Joanne Westphal, PhD, MD, Landscape Architect & General Practitioner, Michigan State University 

THERAPEUTIC SITE DESIGN - Only in the past century have nature and green spaces been eliminated from hospital design.  Dr. Westphal discusses research on the importance of nature to patient healing and the types of therapy known to promote health in managed care settings.
Trevor Hancock, BS, MB, M.HSc, Public Health Physician, Consultant
HEALTHY CITIES/COMMUNITIES - Mr. Hancock has a longstanding interest in health and the environment, in what he calls healthy public policy and the political implications of sustainable development. He has been described as among the ten best health futurists in the world.
Joan Saba, AIA, Architect
THE PLANETREE INITIATIVE - Joan Saba has been instrumental in advancing the concept of “patient-centered care” in hospital design.  As a consultant to the Planetree consortium of hospitals, she has designed and/or retrofitted a number of hospitals across the country for the purpose of improving health care delivery.
Susan Maxman, FAIA, Past-president AIA, Principal, Susan Maxman & Partners, LTD
GREEN DESIGN - Sustainable, green architecture should be the cornerstone of any health care facility.  This speaker addresses the holistic approach that must be taken if health care facilities are to optimize the healing dimension.
Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Rollins School of Public Health,  Emory University
BEYOND TOXICITY - Dr. Frumkin uses his extensive experience as clinician, researcher and participant in the public policy process to suggest that we look beyond potential negative effects of the environment to the positive effects our environment can have on our health. 
How:  A series of lectures by internationally known health care professionals, designers, and public health planners will introduce general concepts for the design of healthy environments. Participants will be asked to adapt and refine these concepts into a set of design principles and/or standards during the workshop.  It is intended that these design principles would promote health at various scales of development and that they would be tested over time to establish standards for design and planning within our communities.  Case study model(s) will be used to direct the workshop sessions.
When: Two days have been set aside to discuss and develop the design principles in response to the three major movements described above, Wednesday, September 24, and Thursday, September 25, 2003.  This symposium will be offered in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) and the South Carolina chapter of the American  Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
Where: Lightsey Center, Charleston, South Carolina

Hotel Options Available:

  • Westin Francis Marion (843) 722-0600
  • The Hampton Inn (843) 723-4000
  • The Holiday Inn Historic District (843) 805-7900

  • Embassy Suites Historic Charleston (843) 723-6900
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Cost: $175.00 (both days); 
$100.00 (one day or with concurrent CELA registration). 

On-site registration: $50.00 additional

Students: $75.00 (both days); $50 (one day or with concurrent CELA registration).

Click here to view registration form in Word.  Click here to view registration form in Acrobat.

Credit: 8.25 AIA approved Health, Safety and Welfare CEUs Participants interested in the credit should check the appropriate box on the registration form.
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