Healthcare/Therapeutic Design

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-A06 - Healing Time and Space In Between: An Interdisciplinary Look at Nature in Hospitals

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Location: 120


The health care industry is the latest to understand how investment in connecting people with nature is a powerful way to reinvent itself. This session looks at how interior/exterior landscapes and other strategies for engaging nature achieve qualitative goals in better patient, family, and staff experiences and quantitatively improve patient outcomes.

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Mark Klopfer, ASLA, AIA

Klopfer Martin Design Group

Mark Klopfer, ASLA, AIA is partner of Klopfer Martin Design Group, the firm leading the landscape master plan for Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. The plan embodies hospital president Elizabeth Nabel's vision that nature be integrated wherever possible within this urban hospital, to foster healing and provide respite for patients, caregivers, families, and staff. Mark is Professor of Architecture at the Wentworth Institute of Technology and taught on the architecture and landscape faculties at the Harvard GSD, Cornell, and RISD. He was the Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize Fellow in Landscape at the American Academy in Rome in 2001.


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Rosalyn Cama

President and Principal Interior Designer

Rosalyn Cama, FASID, NCIDQ, EDAC, is President of the nationally recognized Interior Design Lab & Studio, CAMA Inc. She authored Evidence-Based Healthcare Design (John Wiley & Sons 2009) and holds EBD workshops and lectures across the country. She has received many design and service awards, including the Russ Coile Lifetime Achievement Award (Center Health Design, 2015). That same year, Rosalyn collaborated with IOA Healthcare Furniture to create the award-winning Healing Touch Collection. The collection, which aims to improve patient and family experience, debuted with the CAMA Bed Chair which quickly won Interior Design Magazine's Best of Year Award (healthcare furniture).


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Virginia Gehshan, FSEGD

Cloud Gehshan Associates

Virginia Gehshan, FSEGD Virginia has led a variety of award-winning projects for signage and wayfinding, interpretive systems, digital displays and map design. Her projects are a mix of parks and gardens, college campuses and medical centers. As past president of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, Virginia has played a central role in the development of the profession. Her recent projects include the University of Chicago, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston Parks & Recreation, UNC Chapel Hill and the Philadelphia Water Department. She is an honors graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Design & Environmental Analysis.


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Ellen Taylor, AIA

Vice President for Research
The Center for Health Design

Ellen is the Vice President for Research at The Center for Health Design and brings 30 years of experience in architecture, research, and business to The Center’s research team. She is a registered architect and AIA member who was recognized by Healthcare Design as the HCD10 Researcher in 2017, an award recognizing significant contributions to the industry. A nationally and internationally recognized writer and speaker, she has been influential in guiding Pebble Partner projects and leading grant-funded research programs supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Kresge Foundation, and others.


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MON-A06 - Healing Time and Space In Between: An Interdisciplinary Look at Nature in Hospitals

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