I'm an architect with a background in cognitive science and a focus on healthcare. I'm interested in design, technology and research that makes life healthier and simpler.
So, for that past few months, I have been working to put together an exhibition for the Harbourfront Centre. Every season, the Centre opens a show featuring three architects/firms and an artist, all focused on a common theme. This season, that focus is on the future relationship between healthcare and built spaces. Needless to say, that’s pretty bang on my kind of thing, so I’m very glad that Pat Macauley, the curator of the exhibition, came across my thesis project last year and asked me to participate.
The exhibition will also feature of Diamond & Schmitt/KPMB and Ian Chodikoff. My part will focus on how the data-collecting capabilities of personal devices are allowing the process of healthcare to escape the concentrated points of hospitals and diffuse into the spaces that you inhabit every day.
Now, when I was doing Futureward for my thesis, I had a much larger picture in my head about how technology would affect the process of care. Because I had limited time and had to focus on the architectural aspects, a lot of the thinking that formed the backdrop to the project was invisible- but it was there. I’ve used this exhibition as a chance to scratch the surface of the larger world in which Futureward lives, and the result is Futurecare.
The opening is tonight, so stop by if possible- otherwise, be sure to check it out some time before June.
The new position at Zeidler has certainly been keeping me busy in the last few months; hence, a certain lack of activity on here. However, the office has recently been tasked with doing some research for an upcoming project, and I’m using it as an excuse to dig back into my research roots and as an opportunity to start filling this space with interesting things again. Watch this space.
I’m very happy to announce that as of the beginning of this week, I am now working at the Toronto office of Zeidler Partnership Architects as a designer and intern architect.
I have been brought on to join their healthcare architecture team and will be working on a number of upcoming healthcare projects. I am sorry that my time at Farrow is at last coming to an end, but I’m already enjoying my experience at Zeidler and am looking forward to my time here.
With this established, I’d like to see EBD strategies end up dictating steampunk patient rooms.
Great observations by Rajiv Leventhal. Even if the move to EHRs enables the a truly portable, patient-controlled medical record keeping system, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the information contained therein is going to be comprehensible.
I’m a big fan of the idea that showing patients their own medical data in an easily digestible way is the best way to change behaviour. Establishing cause and effect for one’s self is far more salient than being told what to do to be healthy; it’s the difference between reading the rules to baseball and actually going outside, throwing a ball around and swinging a bat.
If the move to a patient-centric system is going to meet it’s maximum potential, the ability to render the complex medical information it contains in a manner digestible for the layperson is key. Otherwise, the new, free EHR just becomes a tome that can only be deciphered by those in the know, and the technology involved would certainly allow us to do better than that.