FIU Interior Architecture Collaborates with HKS for Healthcare Design Studio


Recent research has found that design can positively impact levels of health and well-being. Due to these studies, healthcare design has become an essential discipline within the architectural and interior design community.

To address these demands, FIU Interior Architecture and HKS Architects have partnered to create a design studio aimed to advance the curriculum of healthcare design. Students enrolled Graduate Design 5 are participating in this collaborative course with global leaders in the healthcare design realm – HKS.

The goal of this studio is to engage interior architecture students with practitioners and leaders in healthcare design in Miami. Students will tackle the complexity of healthcare design situations by proposing a transformative healthcare program.

Arthur Brito from HKS is leading the studio with co-instructors Vanessa Zaffari and Chair Newton D’Souza from FIU. They are serving as mentors and instructors of the course and providing input and feedback on the student’s proposal. This partnership creates an academic and professional experience to participating students.

The FIU-HKS studio provides students the opportunity to conduct research and provide evidence-based design strategies to address healthcare issues the industry faces today. They will also develop awareness of healthcare facilities terminologies and requirements and learn the latest trends in the healthcare industry.

Through this special course of study, the students will create design and implement environments that covey therapeutic and sensorial experiences.

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To learn more about our healthcare design track please visit: MAA Track

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