Educating the Next Generation of Healthcare Design Leaders

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HDR partners with University of Nebraska-Lincoln to link professional practice with an interdisciplinary healthcare studio.

Introduced in the fall 2008 semester, HDR Architecture began sponsorship of a Graduate Program in Healthcare Design in the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). This past year, we hired a film crew to capture the unique learning experience. The resulting video documents a typical semester and features interviews with students, professors and HDR professionals who were involved in the curriculum.

"Our goal with creating this video was to demonstrate the power of collaboration between education and the architectural profession," said Doug Wignall, director of HDR's Healthcare program. "Through this experience, we found that partnering with faculty and students from all disciplines in both research and design is a mutually rewarding and invigorating endeavor. In this way the profession becomes quite literally on the cutting edge of new ideas."
 
The Graduate Program in Healthcare Design raises the design standards for future healthcare environments by linking professional practice with an interdisciplinary healthcare studio. The joint architecture/interior design program was created with research-informed design at its core, with students engaged in collaborative models of group work/research, field trips and juried presentations similar to the vertical integration of a professional design firm. As an international leader in healthcare design, HDR was thrilled to get the opportunity to be involved.
 
"We are privileged to share our knowledge with the next generation of design professionals—the leaders who will advance the development of healing environments in the future," said Wignall. "It is our hope that the UNL healthcare design studio lays the foundations for a new way of educating emerging professionals by immersing them in research-based design decisions, professional connections and interdisciplinary relationships."