College of Architecture and Design Health Care Design Lecture Series Ends Tomorrow

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The College of Architecture and Design will wrap-up its new lecture series about health care design this week with a presentation by Richard L. Miller, FAIA, president of ESa. He will be joined by ESa colleagues David Miller, AIA, senior designer/project manager at ESa; Molly Alpspaugh, IIDA, ASID, interior designer; and Misty Chambers, MSN, RN, Assoc. AIA, clinical operations/design specialist.The lecture begins at 4 p.m. tomorrow in room 109 of the Art + Architecture Building and is free and open to the public.

The lecture, “Designing for the Children,” will examine the unique considerations inherent in designing family-centered health care environments for children of all ages and their families.

Can’t make it? Watch the live webcast here.

Richard Miller is a veteran architect, lecturer and author with extensive experience in health care facility design. After joining ESa in 1967 as a project architect, he rose through the ranks to become senior architect and president, a position he has held since 1973. His resume includes masterplanning, design supervision and general administration of a lengthy list of new hospitals, additions/renovations and outpatient/ambulatory care/medical office facilities. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree, with honors, from the University of Kansas.

During his 29-year tenure with ESa, David Miller’s diverse areas of responsibility have included the roles of senior designer, project manager and project architect on primarily medical projects across the country. These projects include pediatric hospitals, acute care hospitals, dialysis centers, cancer treatment centers, medical research and trauma centers. David earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Louisiana Tech University.

As a clinical operations/design specialist with ESa, Misty Chambers serves in a health care planning and research capacity. She is a licensed Registered Nurse with more than 24 years of experience in clinical and administrative roles in addition to healthcare planning and design. She joined ESa in 2006 after serving as director of facilities planning at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Misty earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree with a focus in administration from Vanderbilt University.

During her 21 years at ESa, Molly Alspaugh has been assigned some of the firm’s signature and largest commercial and institutional interior design projects. A significant number of these are medical office and hospital projects. Recent examples include the Mayo Clinic Specialty Building, Phoenix; Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital and Doctors’ Office Tower at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn.; and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville, near Memphis, Tenn. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

ESa is a 48-year-old national architecture, interior design and planning firm based in Nashville.

The visiting lecturers, in addition to their presentations, will involve the students in some exploratory creative exercises, such as designing their own retirement environment. The course also will include interactive activities, such as tours of medical facilities, to explore key wellness indicators.

The students will be working on a research project throughout the semester that will stimulate further discussion within the university of the role design plays in healing and wellness.

Continuing architectural education credit can be earned at this lecture.

Previous lectures are viewable over the Internet in archive form. See the College of Architecture and Design’s Web site, http://www.arch.utk.edu.

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