September 2017

Architecture + Health Educators Summit: Schaeffer Somers represented the Center for Design + Health and the School of Architecture at the annual Architecture + Health Educators Summit held in Chicago as part of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health/ACHA Summer Leadership Conference. The meeting showcased student work in Health Design Studios taught by Schaeffer and solicited feedback from representatives of established healthcare design programs in attendance.

Laura Barnes

Laura Barnes

CDH Fellow Announcement

We’re delighted to announce that Laura Barnes, Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering, has been awarded the Center Fellowship for Fall 2017-18. Laura directs the Sensing Systems for Health Lab which focuses on designing innovative, technology-enabled solutions to understand health and well-being.

Students and faculty

David Kamp and Reuben Rainey with students at the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou

May 2017

Professor Emeritus Reuben Rainey and School of Architecture alumnus David Kamp (78) recently taught a course on the design of healing gardens at the South China University of Technology at Guangzhou.The May 21 to 24 intensive course included case studies of healing gardens for patients suffering from cancer, dementia, autism, HIV/aids and severe burns as well as a studio project involving the design of a rooftop garden for a neonatal intensive care unit.

April 2017

Enabling Street Mobility for Elders (ESME):  The Center in conjunction with Andrew Mondschein (Planning), Laura Barnes (Engineering), Sally Pusede (Environmental Sciences) - and in collaboration with JABA (Jefferson Area Board for Aging) – has won a UVA seed fund to explore Mobility in Elders, using human sensors that capture mood, mobility and qualities of the environment. The project aims to understand how we can create enabling environments for elders that improve mobility, wayfinding and cognitive decision making.