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Connecting a Medical School to Its Community: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University

The Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University. Exterior view of the south facade and study cascade (under construction, June 2016). Photo by Nic Lehoux, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

This fall, students and faculty will experience a different kind of Medical and Graduate school at Columbia University's new Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. In addition to the intricate glass facade, soaring views and innovative technology, it’s a building that comes equipped with a very big heart. As the principal-in-charge for Gensler, the executive architect for the project (in collaboration with Diller Scofidio Renfro as lead designer), l saw the collaborative design process bring a certain vitality to its architecture, taking the design beyond just a built "rendering” to realizing a vision that will connect its community.

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On the [Health Tech] Fit Grid: Towards Preventative and Chronic Care

Image © Gensler

I don’t mean to brag, but you could say that I’m the perfect private insurance customer: single, healthy, and fit. That is, until recently.

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Out of the Shadows: Designing for Behavioral Health

The Alzheimer's Association Memory Cafe. Image © Shau Lin Hon

In December 2014, the Huffington Post UK posted an article and accompanying cartoon which satirizes our society’s prevailing misunderstanding of mental health, which is the trivialization and dismissal of such suffering. From our choice descriptors to our “helpful” advice, we are usually way off target in eradicating the stigma of mental health.

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Designing Maternity Care for Millennial Moms

The Children's Health Fetal Center. Image © Slyworks Photography.

Millennials are the new moms. Time is flying, and in a few years all new mothers will be Millennials (or Gen Y). This generation is information-centric, so with limitless access to information many mothers-to-be obsess over every detail of impending motherhood, including finding the perfect place to give birth.

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Wellness on the Corporate Campus 

Confidential energy trading facility. Photographer: Tim Griffiths

Recently I've been involved with a number of efforts to marry the traditional fitness center with a larger notion of well-being across the corporate campus and its 24/7 workplace life. In North America the idea of a corporate campus can vary: a single tall building or a cluster in an urban setting, or a suburban campus of lower rise buildings. Both have the single purpose focus of supporting collaborative teams whose “full work/life needs” are designed to be close at hand. This all-encompassing environment, a hallmark of these 21st century “company towns,” entails both wellness and fitness imperatives.

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