Perkins+Will’s Dan Watch Authors New Book on Designing for Health Sciences Education

Designers and facility managers of academic buildings on health sciences campuses around the world have a new resource to help them create and maintain state-of-the-art medical schools.

Health Sciences Education: Architecture as a Change Agent, written by Daniel Watch of Perkins+Will, provides data-backed insights into how to plan and design optimal learning environments for students studying medicine and public health, as well as guidance for renovating and upgrading existing medical education facilities. The book explores the critical role of facility design in health sciences education, examining how architecture can improve the learning experience and even make medical education more accessible and affordable to all.

“Over a billion people worldwide lack access to quality health services, due in large part to shortages of skilled health workers like doctors, nurses, and midwives,” Watch says. “We, as architects, designers, and planners, have a professional and moral responsibility to effect positive change—to do what we can to promote and facilitate high quality health sciences education around the globe. Believe it or not, it all starts with planning and design.”

The 308-page book offers scores of charts, illustrations, photographs, and other graphics to help readers understand key concepts. These include education and delivery models; simulation as a medical education tool; flexibility in health sciences curricula; campus planning; sustainable and healthy design; and the differences between the disciplines of medicine, nursing, public health, biomedical engineering, dentistry, allied health, and pharmacy. Future opportunities and educational financing are also discussed.

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