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Nature at the Center: A Case Study for Integrating Biophilic Design in a Dialysis Clinic

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 | 2pm ET

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From Roger Ulrich's research and the numerous evidence-based studies that followed, we know that connecting patients to views to nature can have a direct impact on health outcomes. This session will walk through the Rainier Beach Clinic case study, where the project team utilized an evidence-based process to build on this research and put nature at the center of a dialysis center, seeking to improve patient health outcomes and staff satisfaction.  


As a recipient of a 2021 COTE Top Ten Award, 2021 Healthcare Design Award, and 2021 Healthcare Environment Award for ambulatory care settings, the Rainier Beach Clinic has been recognized for its innovation in blending innovative design concepts, sustainability performance, and an evidence-based process to reimagine a more patient-centric dialysis care environment. The presenter will also share how biophilic design strategies can be implemented in a variety of settings and projects, linking research to the built environment, and allowing for Architecture to take a more active role in the health and well-being of occupants. Hosted by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH).

Learning objectives

  • Learn about the design of the Rainier Beach Clinic and how it differs from traditional dialysis clinics.
  • Learn how an evidence-based process can be utilized to establish a hypothesis for achieving health-based outcomes in architecture.
  • Learn how sustainability performance can incorporated into healthcare environments in harmony with economic, health and performance goals.  
  • Learn how biophilic design strategies can be incorporated into a project design to create a rich and immersive connection to nature for occupants.
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  • Andy Drissell


    Associate  |  Mahlum

    Andy joined Mahlum in 2015 and serves as project architect and designer for healthcare and K-12...