The Institute for Health+Wellness Design is a unique component of the School which focuses on planning and design issues related to healthy communities and healthcare architecture. Through collaborative efforts with healthcare organizations, design firms, and governmental research agencies, the Institute utilizes faculty expertise to investigate common practice issues and pursue specific research initiatives on behalf of clients.
The Institute provides design consultation and client-commissioned research services in many areas including post-occupancy evaluation, high-performance workplaces, and mobile healthcare design, critical care, rural healthcare, emergency care design, and participatory and virtual simulation design. This expertise is expanded through our diverse network of faculty in the KU Departments of Architecture and Design, and the Schools of Medicine and Business. A full list can be found here.
Services offered by the institute include:
Planning and design consultation services for healthcare organizations and design firms
In-depth research studies on topics such as post-occupancy evaluations, simulation
modeling, and space mock-ups
Development of methods and metrics to evaluate design
The translation of research outcomes for designers, medical professionals, policymakers,
and the public
Providing unique educational and training opportunities for practicing professionals
Aiding the commercialization of design and innovative practices
Serving as a repository for international guidelines and standards
Additions benefits are available to those who become Affiliate Members of the Institute.
For Further Information, Contact:
Frank Zilm, D. Arch, FAIA, FACHA
Chester Dean Director of the Institute for Health and Wellness Design