June 13, 2013

Is the design and construction industry our least-innovative industry? According to Dan Noble, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, executive vice president and director of design with HKS, the tools have been improved and the process refined. But, he questions, “Is it different?” and “Is it better?”

Noble will speak at the 38th World Hospital Congress conference, to be held June 18-20 in Oslo, Norway, on “The Current State of Affairs of the Design & Construction Industry” discussing how design firms must respond to the changing landscape and take advantage of the powerful opportunities at their disposal. His presentation also will note that the industry is on the cusp of a quantum leap in information and technology that will revolutionize planning, design and construction.

World Hospital Congress conference attendees will learn about the opportunities of new technology within healthcare and what contributes to equal opportunities for all in need of healthcare. Leaders, policymakers and clinicians from around the world will share their experiences and best practices in healthcare delivery.

As director of design for HKS, Noble is responsible for the firm’s overall design vision. A 32-year veteran of the design industry, he has experience in master planning, program development, functional planning and conceptual design of projects totaling more than $7 billion in construction cost. His experience includes healthcare, hospitality, commercial, institutional, corporate and mixed-use facilities. In addition to his speaking engagements, Noble is an avid writer, authoring the recent “Smart Healthcare Initiative” and “Is the Design and Construction Industry the Least Innovative?”

Noble is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a member of the Council of Fellows of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) and the immediate past president of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH), and is the only person who currently sits on the national board of both the ACHA and the AIA/AAH. He has demonstrated leadership on a national level with his creation and development of the National AIA AAH Design awards as well as developing the Dallas AIA Art by Architects event, which has evolved into Architects’ Week with Retrospect and other events.

The 38th World Hospital Congress presented by the International Hospital Federation (IHF). The IHF is the global association of healthcare organizations including independent, not-for-profit and non-governmental entities. The role of IHF is to help international hospitals work toward improving the level of services to the population regardless of that population’s ability to pay.

HKS is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 28 offices worldwide, HKS focuses on innovative healthcare design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning healthcare architecture includes 1,600 unique projects representing 78,000 beds and 166 million square feet. HKS projects have garnered numerous awards and coverage in worldwide publications. The firm’s healthcare specialists are highly respected international speakers. For more information, visit www.hksinc.com.

For more information, contact Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

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