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KNOXVILLE — The College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, kicks off its newest lecture series, Designing Environments for Health, next week. The semester-long lecture series will explore the connection between health and the built environment in the design of health-related facilities and the design of our communities.

“There is definitive data showing a strong link between the built environment and patient outcomes,” said B.J. Miller, lecture series organizer and facilitator for the college. “We can create healing environments through achievable and often inexpensive measures. This lecture series will explore new design approaches to health care design and examine the future of health care in this country.”

As part of the series, several nationally renowned designers, strategists and architects — with expertise in improving public health and patient outcomes through design — will visit the college to present their work.

In its second year, the series this spring will feature several videoconferenced lectures from Nashville in collaboration with the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC).

The series begins at 5:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 3, with a videoconference from the NCDC by Richard Jackson, chair of environmental health sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. His presentation, “Health — Spanning Disciplines,” will explore the major health challenges of the 21st century and how society must collaborate to create coherent efforts to build healthy communities.

All lectures and videoconferences will be held in room 111 of the Art + Architecture Building and are free and open to public.

The rest of the lineup includes:

  • Feb. 10, “Creating an Experience Environment in Healthcare,” a lecture by BSA LifeStructures.
  • Feb. 17, “A Blueprint for a Healthy Nashville,” an NCDC videoconference panel discussion applying Jackson’s insights to impact the health of Nashville’s citizens.
  • Feb. 24, “The Master Planning Model and the Future of Healthcare Design: Planetree and Greenhouse Design Concepts Setting the Design Standard,” a lecture by Hart Freeland Roberts.
  • March 17, “A New Paradigm in Healthcare,” an NCDC videoconference by Wayne Ruga, author and thought leader.
  • March 24, “The Future of Healthcare in America,” presented by Marc Suave, Gresham, Smith and Partners.
  • March 31, an NCDC videoconference panel discussion facilitated by Gresham, Smith and Partners.
  • April 7, “Evidence-based Healthcare Design,” presented by Rosalyn Cama, Cama Inc.
  • April 14, “Transforming Healthcare through the Arts,” an NCDC videoconference presentation by Annette Ridenour, Aesthetics Inc.
  • April 21, “Four Dimensions — Creating Sustainable Senior Living,” presented by Jane Rohde, JSR Associates.
  • April 28, “Long-term Care — The European Model,” presented by Victor Reigner, University of Southern California.

The presentations on Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 17, March 31 and April 14 are open to the public in the Nashville area. They will be held at 4:30 p.m. CST at the NCDC, except for Jackson and Ruga’s lectures, which will take place in the Belmont University auditorium. The keynote lectures by Jackson, Ruga and Ridenour will cost $25.

The lecture series will be viewable both live and in archive form online.

For more information about the series, visit

C O N T A C T :

Kristi Hintz (865-974-3993,

B.J. Miller (865-974-5267,