Lecture spotlights health in architecture
Published: Friday, September 7, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 15:09
Students gathered in the Wright Gallery at Langford Hall to listen to Charles S. McDaniel, ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) Managing Principal for the SWA group and Class of 1979, as the Architecture for Health Visiting Lecture Series continued on Wednesday.
The series covers issues related to improving healthcare and sustainable healthcare facilities design on both a national and international level. International projects endure challenges and international clients want quality, uniqueness and sophistication in their designs.
“Many architectural, landscape architecture and construction firms are rapidly evolving how they practice in response to the changing environment,” said George Mann, the Skaggs-Sprague Endowed Professor of Health Facilities Design. “Competing for and effectively undertaking international projects is very difficult and fraught with problems, pitfalls and
McDaniel shared his experiences with the students and expressed the importance and impact architecture can have on millions of people.
“People don’t want to be uncomfortable,” McDaniel said. “They want an environment that makes them feel safe. Architecture can improve anyone’s life.”
Students came to learn more about architecture’s affect on life.
“These lectures are important for everybody,” said Ana Escobar, sophomore environmental design major. “It applies to every field and it’s cool to learn how everyone has and does their own part.”
McDaniel works with the SWA group on an international level. From China to Mexico, their projects range from residential communities to the Academy of Sciences building in San Francisco.
“Landscape architecture and design is critical,” McDaniel said. “Design makes the world nicer and usable and we should do things that make life safer and healthier.”
The construction and design of healthy living and cities can help more people understand the importance of healthy and sustainable living through architecture. Places like hospitals are key where health and making people feel comfortable is important.
“Architecture can decrease stress,” said Ma. Autumn Leveridge, Medical Service Corps Officer for the U.S. Army. “Sometimes being in a hospital elevates fears and anticipation. Architecture impacts that.”
Building and designing healthy living spaces is important both inside and out. Landscape architecture has to work in collaboration with other designers and architects.
“It’s more than medicine,” said Chris Nilles, sophomore environmental design major. “It’s how to implement nature into your project.”
The lecture series is being made possible through the generosity of two former students. Ronald Skaggs, Class of 1965, is an adjunt professor of architecture in the college of architecture. Joseph Sprague, Class of 1970, is the principal and senior vice president for HKS Architects.
The lecture series is every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. and is open for students, faculty, interested practitioners and the general public. Additional lectures may be added during the semester. Lectures are scheduled to last though Nov. 14. No lecture is scheduled for Sept. 26 but a special extra lecture is on Nov. 12 from noon to 2 p.m.