Friday, November 3, 2017
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios
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Healthcare Design Colloquium 2017: Digital Futures

Digital Technology is playing a significant role in means, locations and delivery of health and wellness design. How do we see the impact of technology in the transformation or disruption of health care design today and how do we envision digital futures of health care design?

These are some questions that will be explored at “Health Care Design Colloquium: Digital Futures” to be held at Miami Beach Urban Studios, FIU. Although digital technology is becoming pervasive in health care design, the effect of these technologies are yet to be adequately understood and embraced. Yet, technology is becoming increasingly distributed and specialized, and it requires multidisciplinary experts who work in different modalities to explore digital convergences. In this direction, we will explore a variety of topics that address current and future technology related to health care design including design visualization (simulation, building information modeling), facility assessments (living labs, sensor technology), facility delivery (virtual communication, telemedicine systems and robotics) among others.


Moderator: Newton D’souza

Newton D’souza is an Associate Professor at the Department of Interior Architecture, Florida International University, Miami. He is currently a program coordinator for Interdisciplinary Health Care Design Program. Dr. D’souza has previously served as a Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Architectural Studies and faculty collaborator at the Immersive Lab at University of Missouri-Columbia. His research focuses on human factors in design, environment—behavior, design cognition and emerging media environments. He has also initiated several projects in design visualization of multidisciplinary teams, design thinking and the use of neural measurements for design. He serves as an active member of the Environment Design Research Association and the Design Thinking Research Symposium. He is a recipient of several grants including MU System Research Board award, MU Research Council Award, and Mizzou Advantage Media of the Future Award. He has served as a chair and committee member for various graduate doctoral committees and was a recipient of 2014 Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology.


Opening Remarks and Breakfast: 10AM to 11AM (Schriner, King)

Panel 1: Research (11AM to 1PM)

  • Upali Nanda (HKS Research)
  • Edgar Vieira (Physical Therapy, FIU)
  • Marjorie Skubic (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Missouri)
  • Breeze Glazer (Perkins + Will)

Lunch break: 1PM to 2PM

Panel 2: Education (2:30 PM to 4PM)

  • Deborah Franqui (University of Miami)
  • Schaeffer Somers (University of Virginia)
  • Henry Henao (FIU Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences)
  • Pedro Greer (FIU College of Medicine)

Coffee break: 4PM to 4:30PM

Panel 3: Practice (4:30 PM to 7PM)

  • Peter Bardwell (AIA fellow)
  • Tatiana Guimaraes (Perkins + Will)
  • Eduardo Egea (Stantec)
  • Arthur Brito (HKS)
  • Jason Bell (West Kendall Baptist Hospital)

Reception: 7:00PM – 8:00PM 


UPALI NANDA Associate Principal and Director of Research | HKS, Inc.

Dr. Upali Nanda is a published author, speaker and researcher with extensive experience in designing, spearheading and implementing research projects in design practice. Her research focuses on the impact of design on human health, organizational effectiveness and systemic wellbeing. She is the Director of Research for HKS, responsible for spearheading and implementing research projects globally. She also serves as the Executive Director for the non-profit Center for Advanced Design Research and Education. She is a member of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) Advisory Council, the AIA Research Advisory for Design& Health, and the AAH research council. Her doctoral work on “Sensthetics” has been published as a book available on Amazon.com, and she has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and main stream media. Her research has been awarded the European Healthcare Design Research Award and two EDRA CORE awards, and she has been the recipient of numerous national grants. In 2015 Dr. Nanda was recognized as one of the top 10 most influential people in Healthcare Design for research, by the Healthcare Design Magazine.

EDGAR R VIEIRAAssociate Professor & Graduate Program Director of Physical Therapy & Neuroscience | FIU


Vieira has a BSs and MSc degrees in physical therapy and a PhD in rehabilitation science. His expertise is in risk assessment and prevention of aging-related mobility impairment, falls, and frailty. Vieira has studied low back pain in nurses and patient transfers as its main cause. He also studied patient mobility and falls, as well as falls prevention in older adults in the community. Mobility impairments, frailty and falls in older adults are strongly associated with functional decline and environmental barriers. These issues are largely preventable using well-designed exercise interventions and adequate environmental design. The overall goal of my research program is to help older adults to stay functionally independent by treating mobility impairments and preventing frailty, falls and related injuries

MARJORIE SKUBICProfessor of Electrical and Computer Science Department | University of Missouri


Marjorie Skubic received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University in 1997, where she specialized in distributed telerobotics and robot programming by demonstration. She is currently a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Missouri. In addition to her academic experience, she has spent 14 years working in industry on real-time applications such as data acquisition and automation. Her current research interests include sensory perception, spatial referencing interfaces, human-robot interaction, sensor networks for eldercare, and preventative screening tools. In 2006, Dr. Skubic established the Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology at the University of Missouri and serves as the Center Director for this interdisciplinary team. The center’s work supports proactive models of healthcare such as monitoring systems that noninvasively track the physical and cognitive health of elderly residents in their homes and generate alerts that detect health changes, increasing fall risk, and actual fall events. Recent work has also investigated automated screening of athletes and pianists to flag injury risks, with support for preventative exercises to reduce the risk, as well as architectural robotics in which sensors and motors are incorporated into the physical environment to offer adaptive assistance. For more information on projects and publications, see also www.eldertech.missouri.edu.

BREEZE GLAZERSustainable Healthcare Leader | Perkins + Will

Breeze is a designer who has focused his career on sustainability in architecture. He is passionate about redefining the role and impacts of the built environment on human and ecological health. Breeze has applied this passion and his expertise to a broad variety of projects across a multitude of scales includingacute care hospitals, academic medical centers and health clinics, to corporate office renovations and transitional homeless shelters, among others. His research into sustainability covers topics as diverse as alternative energy systems, climate change mitigation, the business case and material health and toxicity, often in collaboration with academic institutions and non-profit organizations.

Breeze has been very active in taking an industry-based leadership position in sustainable healthcare design. He frequently shares expertise through live speaking engagements such as the CleanMed and Healthcare Design conferences; webinar-based programs for organizations spanning from the International Design Association to Practice Greenhealth; and authorship for publications such as Environmental Design and Construction magazine and Healthcare Facilities Management magazine.


DEBORAH ANN FRANQUIDirector, Miami Office and Healthcare Planner | Bostwick Design Partnership


Whether it be in the office or in the classroom, Deborah cultivates an inspired team rooted in research yet brimming with innovation. She is Coordinator of the Healthcare Design Programs at the University of Miami’s School of Architecture and Bostwick Design Partnership’s Miami office Director and Healthcare Planner.

With 30 years of experience in the industry and a specialization in healthcare architecture attained at a doctoral level, Deborah has mastered the translation of pre-and-post occupancy evaluation results into design guidelines, which optimize operational efficiency, clinical effectiveness, and user experience. Believing design solutions and best practices are grounded in the rigorous pursuit of research, Deborah continues to blend her practical planning approach with her passion for discovery.

SCHAEFFER SOMERSAssistant Professor in Architecture and Public Health | University of Virginia

Schaeffer Somers is a registered architect and assistant professor in Architecture and Public Health at the University of Virginia. Schaeffer incorporates a human-centered approach in all of his research and teaching in the School of Architecture and Medicine. His current research focus in Architecture concerns the design of healthcare environments. His courses in Public Health Sciences explore evidence-based and collaborative research methods with the goal of creating a healthy, equitable and resilient future. Schaeffer has co-developed a course, Built Environment & Public Health: Local to Global, to explore the relationships between the environment and health through an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. A related workshop, Health Impact Assessment (HIA), applies systems thinking to understand how design and policy impacts social and environmental determinants of health as the basis for evidence-based design and planning. Schaeffer is the Principal Investigator of a HIA awarded through the Pew Charitable Trusts and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess the impact of housing and community development projects on the population health of the Santo Domingo Pueblo, a Native American tribe in New Mexico. Schaeffer also has funded research to analyze and evaluate the design of Maggie’s Centers in the United Kingdom as healing spaces for cancer survivors. The analysis combines traditional architectural field work with quantitative simulation of spatial configurations. Schaeffer’s undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and his first professional experience was designing software for astronaut training in the Space Station Program at Johnson Space Center.

HENRY HENAOClinical Assistant Professor | FIU Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Professor Henry Henao has become an international leader in designing and implementing educational innovations that prepare healthcare professionals to practice in a complex healthcare environment. Professor Henao has been recognized as an influential voice in the field of clinical simulation education.

In February 2010, he joined the faculty of Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences as a Clinical Assistant Professor and led the creation of the Simulation Teaching and Research (STAR) Center as its founding Director. In this capacity, he provides the vision and manages the daily operation of a 16,000 square foot facility designed to deliver immersive experiences to undergraduate, graduate learners, and practicing nursing and healthcare providers in and environment that resembles authentic clinical settings.

Professor Henao served as a team leader and site principal investigator for the longitudinal, multi-site, landmark “The National Simulation Study”, funded by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) that provided the initial evidence to support policy on the use of simulation in prelicensure nursing education.

Professor Henao frequently consults on faculty development, curriculum integration, design, development, and operations of simulation programs internationally. He is amongst the first educators to become a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) by the Society of Simulation in Healthcare. Professor Henao has served as a subject matter expert to review the original standards for simulation evaluation from the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). He was competitively selected into the inaugural class of the prestigious National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators (SimLeaders).

Professor Henao is also a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a founder of the Nurse Practitioner Council of Miami-Dade, a professional organization that advocates for nurse practitioners and the community they serve.

PEDRO GREERAssociate Dean & Professor | FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Pedro J. Greer, MD

Dr. Pedro J. Greer has an unwavering commitment and is an advocate for those without access to health care. Throughout his career, Dr. Greer has received numerous awards and Honorary Doctoral degrees. Most recently, he was recognized as a 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, and in 1993, he was honored as a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” Fellow. Dr. Greer is board certified in Medicine and Gastroenterology and has been practicing in Miami, Florida since 1991. He established Camillus Health Concern and Saint John Bosco in Miami, Florida, health care centers for persons who are homeless, undocumented, uninsured, and low income. Better known as “Joe,” Dr. Greer wrote Waking up in America, an autobiographical account of caring for persons who are homeless. In July 2007, Dr. Greer joined the newly established Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. He led the creation of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society, and in January 2009 became its Founding Chair. Dr. Greer and the department faculty have spearheaded a unique undergraduate medical education program to prepare physicians to assess and address the social determinants that affect health care access and health outcomes. The goals are to educate highly skilled, ethical, and culturally competent physicians attuned to the complex health and social needs of South Florida’s diverse populations. Dr. Greer currently serves in various capacities for a multitude of national, state, and local organizations. He is a Trustee at the RAND Corporation (America’s oldest and largest think tank) and is the current Chair of the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors. Additionally, Dr. Greer served as Chair for the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation from 2002 to 2012. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society and a fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology.


PETER L. BARDWELLPrincipal | Bardwell + Associates, LLC

Peter L. Bardwell, FAIA, FACHA brings over 35 years of experience in healthcare facilities planning and design spanning 22 states and 5 countries — and including key roles in facility master planning, programming, and or schematic design of over 70 healthcare facilities. Within the past 5 years alone, he has contributed to over 15 projects in those early phases, totaling over $2 Billion in construction value.

Mr. Bardwell is honored to be a nationally-recognized practitioner, speaker, and author in healthcare planning and design — and to be among fewer than 50 practicing architects in the nation to be recognized as a Fellow in both the American Institute of Architects and the American College of Healthcare Architects.

He is, moreover, honored to serve on the 2017-2019 AIA Fellows Jury, which selects the leading architects in the nation each year for this designation. And most recently, Mr. Bardwell has been awarded the 2017 AIA Ohio Individual Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded to a practitioner each year.

He currently serves on the Board of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, for which he served as 2008 national President. He served as 2013 national President of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) which oversees board certification of healthcare architects. Additionally, he served as 2012 President and Trustee of the Foundation of the Academy of Architecture for Health, which funds research on contemporary healthcare topics.

Mr. Bardwell is an invited speaker for the Lima, Peru College of Architects 2017 conference and was opening keynote speaker at HI.TEC 2013 in Singapore before an audience of over 300 delegates from Asia, Europe, and North America. In addition, he has given multiple presentations across the U.S. on the subject of “How 10 Forces Are Continuing to Change Healthcare Design” — and on “Design Trends in Healthcare”.

Importantly, committed to serving “the next generation” of healthcare leaders, he is honored to serve as a lecturer and Advisory Board member for the Xavier University graduate program in Health Services Administration and as a continuing contributor to the Clemson University program in Architecture+Health.

TATIANA GUIMARAESSenior Medical Planner, Senior Associate | Perkins + Will


Tatiana has over 15 years of diversified healthcare planning and design experience. She has maintained major responsibilities across a broad spectrum of projects leading planning teams in the creation of innovative facilities throughout the United States. These experiences have regularly provided her direct exposure to state-of-the-art health delivery systems and hospitals from which she is able to bring fresh insights to each new project. Her approach stresses the importance of creating innovative planning that maximizes operational efficiencies and allows for future flexibility and adaptability, while designing healing environments for patients, staff and families.

In 2015, Tatiana was elected President of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health after serving several years as a Board Member.

EDUARDO EGEAPrincipal, Healthcare Lead | Stantec

Eduardo has over 23 years of experience across the country and internationally as an innovator in healthcare facility programing, planning and design. He is an industry leader in patient experience development, data driven design process and health and wellness environments. He is also a highly respected public speaker and author on healthcare design issues including patient quality and safety, operational efficiency, standardization, flexibility and healing environments. An active member of the Academy of Architecture for Health since 1994, Eduardo is the founding chair of AIA-AAH chapter in Miami.

ARTHUR BRITOAssociate Principal & Senior Vice President | HKS

Born into a family of physicians, Arthur spent time in his youth at his father’s small hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “It seemed only natural that my architecture career would focus on healthcare buildings. I was drawn to understanding how the hospital functioned, not the anxious or stressful environment that the medical profession can be.  How the physical spaces were organized, as well as the operational aspects, were intriguing to me,” says Arthur. The connection between facilities and operations lead him to pursue an education in architecture and healthcare administration, and eventually into leadership positions in the Latin American healthcare planning and design circles. For the past 15 years, he’s served as a liaison between U.S. healthcare planning and local regulations and their cultures. As Health Practice Leader for HKS Miami, Arthur blends his international expertise and links healthcare strategies and operations to solutions-based health facilities and outcomes.

JASON BELLDirector of Graduate Medical Education | West Kendall Baptist Hospital

Jason Bell is the Director of Graduate Medical Education for Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region. In addition, he oversees the Physician Relations and Business Development initiatives at West Kendall Baptist Hospital – a new Gold LEED-certified facility, and the academic medical center for Baptist Health South Florida. In this role, Jason is responsible for the recruitment, training and retention of student and physician partners to serve the South Florida community, and oversees key growth initiatives in the sustainability, education and innovation sectors. Jason’s academic background includes degrees in Anthropology, Integrative Biology and Business Administration from the University of Florida. He is passionate about corporate social responsibility, and is the inaugural chair of the Florida Hospital Association Sustainability Collaborative. Jason is also a founding member of the Miami-Dade County Millennials Taskforce and teaches ‘Developing Human-Centric Skills for Healthcare’ at the Florida International University Honors College.



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