July 16, 2013
By Carol Kartje, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal and Director of Design, Healthcare Interior Architecture, HKS, Inc.

To receive top consideration for a Healthcare Design Remodel Renovation Award, judges look for a memorable first and lasting impression, clear conceptual expression and much more.

Healthcare Design’s Remodel Renovation competition, in its fourth year, is open to all readers including architects, interior designers and facilities managers. Submissions are accepted in two categories: emergency department or respite area, which includes indoor spaces such as atriums, chapels, meditation areas and water features; and outdoor spaces such as courtyards, therapeutic/healing gardens, landscaped grounds, front porches, entry gardens, plazas, roof gardens and roof terraces.

Along with other experts appointed by the Center for Health Design, I will review and evaluate all submissions during the month of July and will choose the top five in each. Projects then will be posted online at  www.hcdmagazine.com for reader voting and comments.

As a judge, my criteria for evaluating healthcare interior design includes viewing entries with:

  • Memorable first and lasting impression for meaningful human-centered multi-sensory experiences
  • Clear conceptual expression and poetic sense of place that aligns with the organization’s brand, values, context and culture
  • Cohesive 3D space shaping, sequence of spatial encounters, and interior architectural vocabulary
  • Resonance with architecture and landscape design, if applicable
  • Integration of evidence-based and sustainable design principals
  • Materials that are timeless, durable and cleanable, and support infection control
  • A mix of natural and artificial lighting to support tasks with visual variety to enhance ambiance
  • Intuitive wayfinding cues with axial focus landmarks intrinsic to the design
  • Engaging experiential quality with positive distractions including nature views, art and activities
  • Purposeful, pragmatic and fiscally responsible elements

The projects with the most reader votes will be named “Best in Category” and published, along with the four runners-up, in the November 2013 issue of Healthcare Design.

For more information, contact Carol Kartje at ckartje@hksinc.com.

Posted in Health
Tagged Carol Kartje, Healthcare Design Remodel Renovation Award