Blog 3 Article summaries


Dhand, S. (2014, May 14). How to Design a Better Hospital. Retrieved February 20, 2015, from

This article points out the pros and cons of the hospital environment and or experience from the perspective of a practicing doctor, with work experience in several hospitals. In the article, The point is made that a hospital is not generally a place that people desire to be in, however this does not mean that it can not be designed to be more comfortable and pleasant for the patients, and hospital staff that do have to spend time in these building. The author suggests designs that “Rethink corridors and don’t let them be too long.” As well as promoting an open environment with open lobbies and use of natural lighting, while reducing noise and suggesting rurally located hospitals.


Versel, N. (2014, September 25). Hospitals Focus On Patient Experience Through Design. Retrieved February 20, 2015, from

This Article describes the patient experience centered design of the Methodist Richardson Medical Center in Richardson Texas, USA. This hospital aims to be a model in modern hospital design by improving the hospital experience for not only the patients and staff, but for visitors with features such as convertible beds for friends and family of the patients and adding extra electrical outlets and USB outlets in waiting rooms. In order to further improve efficiency, closely linked disciplines and functions are located closely together, as to reduce travel and improve communication. “Good design can keep patients – customers – happy and willing to return, and it improves the work environment for employees and medical staff.” Neil Versel writes.


Weinberg, D. (2011, June 27). Some hospitals think ‘lean’ when it comes to health care. Retrieved February 20, 2015, from

An interview by David Weinberg with Kent Rubach, on “lean management” techniques used in car manufacturing plants applied to hospitals. By applying the same management techniques found in assembly line manufacturing, the Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle were able to shorten patient treatment times and greatly improve the efficiency of their hospitals reducing costs and improving staff and patient experience. Part of this process was to map out the path of treatment of various patients and then to reduce travel distance and make use of all possible space and time.


Philippines Department of Health. (2004, November 1). GUIDELINES IN THE PLANNING AND DESIGN OF A HOSPITAL AND OTHER HEALTH FACILITIES. Retrieved February 20, 2015, from

A technical guideline for designing hospitals in the Philippines. Describes requirements for hospital services and functions such as ventilation, corridor dimensions, lighting, sanitary mechanical, ect. This, combined with the BC Building code will provide a good set of rules and requirements on what is legally required and or suggested by government policy to ensure safety and well being of the hospital occupants, staff and patient alike, in the design.


Spear, S. (1999, September 1). Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System. Retrieved February 20, 2015, from

A detailed look at Toyota’s “lean Management” system and how it is used to achieve high efficiency at lower costs. The Lean Management system has proven to excel at producing a variety of complex and vastly differing tasks by planning for even the minute and seemingly insignificant details. Everything is planned and mapped out, the benefit of this extreme planning is it reveals what works better with higher accuracy and shows when something is going wrong. “At Toyota’s plants, because operators (new and old, junior and supervisory) follow a well-defined sequence of steps for a particular job, it is instantly clear when they deviate from the specifications.” – Steven Spear explains.


Alter, B. (2011, March 10). Ood Hospital Design has an Impact on Recuperation. Retrieved February 20, 2015, from

An article on how green spaces and gardens can quicken patient recovery. When green gardens were included in hospitals and intertwined with medical areas, it was noticed that patients required less time in recovery and requested less pain medications as well as slept better. By including these green areas and opening the recovery rooms up to the vegetated outside, patients reported higher satisfaction with their treatment.


Change of interest

Upon further research and contemplation I no longer want to research how to make hospitals more efficient through better layout. I Now want to conduct my research project on solid wood design as a primary structural material in larger projects.