Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker
Professor and Chair of the Dept of Interior Architecture
Sustainable Healthcare Architecture
by Robin Guenther and Gail Vittori
The separation of humans from their natural context is detrimental to both people and the environment, although this separation is characteristic throughout most of the 20th century. Designers are positioned to nurture a human/environmental relationship in the built environment which is critical particularly in healthcare settings that are intended to promote health and well-being. Sustainable Healthcare Architecture is an invaluable guide for designers and others involved in healthcare as we transition from sterile unhealthful facilities to buildings and interiors that acknowledge human beings' innate affiliation to nature and then foster human and environmental health.