To further facilitate communication and development in this growing, vital sector, IIDA hosts a variety of competitions that specialize in healthcare design, including the annual IIDA Healthcare Interior Design competition and the recent IIDA Global Excellence Awards (GEA).
For 2012, the GEA Best of Competition prize was awarded to Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart for their design for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Among the other notable entrants in the healthcare category was the team from Beige Design, which received an honorable mention for their work on the Neo Derm Group project.
The Neo Derm project is an example of how white and lime colors can help recreate brighter-lit interiors. Beige Design used a clean, high-gloss paint treatment to enhance and emphasize the young but rejuvenated skin-care center brand. Reflective mirror designs make the central environment look bigger. High-gloss painted wall panels maintain hygiene while also building a sense of continuity for the visitors and patients. The seating, composed of fabric sofas, is designed with rounded ends to create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.
As a basic concept, the purpose of a healthcare facility is to deliver care to those who need it. So while the space needs to reflect that concept, the design also should be about care—the care and respect of the people that come through that facility. More than ever, there are important healthcare design initiatives and programs aimed at keeping practitioners updated in this constantly expanding field. Clearly, healthcare design is an active and engaged segment of our profession and IIDA is proud to collaborate with leaders in this sector to provide quality resources for designers. Whether you are new to the healthcare design industry or an experienced veteran, there’s something for you in the Healthcare Online CEUs page, located at www.iida.org/content.cfm/healthcaredesign.
IIDA International President James Williamson, IIDA, LEED AP is a practicing interior designer and principal at Gensler in its Washington, D.C. office. You can reach IIDA at (312) 467-1950 or at email@example.com.