Designing Outside the Four-Walled Box of Your Office

Posted by Stephanie Story on Nov 18, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Often when we are working with a client to design their space, we have a number of meetings in which we review renderings, materials, etc. While we always like to go to the client with a polished presentation, sometimes clients can struggle to articulate their design goals for a project. A great way to help clients think outside the box is to have a work session in our office.

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Topics: interior design, value engineering

Experience Design in Senior Behavioral Healthcare

Posted by Stephanie Story on Jun 06, 2016 at 8:10 AM

Many of us will need to evaluate senior care for a loved one at some point in our adult lives. We also may need there to be a behavioral health component as part of that care model. My intuition of what contributes to a healing environment for this diverse population was verified during recent visioning sessions with a community hospital whose leadership decided to pursue an expansion of their senior behavioral health unit.

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Topics: interior design, behavioral healthcare, patient experience

Maintaining Interior Design Standards – NCIDQ Exam Grader Reflections

Posted by Leah Brown on Nov 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Recently I had the opportunity to serve on the National Grading Panel for the Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Spring 2014 Grading Session.

The Exam

Passing the NCIDQ exam distinguishes its successful candidates as trained interior designers versus those without formal education or interior decorators who call themselves interior designers, since, unlike architecture, many states still do not have legislation requiring interior designers to be licensed or titled.

NCIDQ-Certified designers must pass the NCIDQ Examination, which consists of three parts: two multiple-choice sections and a practicum section.

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Topics: interior design, design careers, NCIDQ exam

The Positive Experience of Healthcare Interiors

Posted by Guest Contributor on Nov 14, 2014 at 4:59 PM

As I was applying for college a few years ago, I realized I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I was interested in design and I enjoyed doing community service, so I decided to study interior design at Virginia Tech. During my junior year of college, I discovered healthcare design. It sparked my interest since it combines the technical and aesthetic aspects of interior design and architecture with the altruistic component of using design to positively impact people’s lives.

Interning at Array Architects this summer (2014) has taught me that healthcare design is both rewarding and challenging. Unlike my previous internship which focused solely on residential design, working at a healthcare design firm taught me that well-designed hospitals and related facilities must go beyond aesthetics and also be practical, sustainable and code-compliant.

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Topics: interior design, healthcare interiors, internship

Design Local Inspiration

Posted by Nicole Wood on Mar 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Featured in Healthcare Construction + Operations, March 2014.

As designers, we are often consulted by manufacturers during the later stages of their product development process. They ask our opinion about new materials, patterns and colors, generally AFTER they have already been developed in-house. Recently, I was approached by Mannington Commercial to participate in a relatively new process they have named “Design Local.” The idea being that they would take six designers from three cities each year, put them together and have them use inspiration from their city to develop the concepts for new carpet designs. This year the cities were Philadelphia, Seattle and Nashville.

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Topics: furniture, design local, NCIDQ, healthcare design, interior design, Mannington, finishes, Nicole Wood, inspiration, healthcare, array architects

Deciphering Designers’ “Alphabet Soup”

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Jan 29, 2014 at 3:44 AM

Published by Facility Care, November 14, 2013

We all know what MD and PhD stand for after someone’s name. Have you ever wondered what the initials behind your architect’s or interior designer’s name mean? It may be important for your next project, as some designations indicate specialized knowledge regarding healthcare design.

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Topics: architecture, affiliation, licenses, interior design, continuous improvement

North Shore Zucker Hillside Hospital Behavioral Health Video Series

Posted by Jon Sell on Jan 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Array collaborated closely with clinicians on the design of the new Zucker Hillside Hospital, opened in January 2013. The spatial organization supports each patient’s clinical, emotional and physical needs and provides a safe and efficient facility allowing caregivers to deliver healthcare in a compassionate and comforting environment.

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Topics: zucker, architecture, ebd, evidence based design, SherriBowman, behavioral health, healthcare design, interior design, behavioral healthcare, JonSell, architects, interior architecture, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, array architects

Creating flexibility and Durability for Behavioral Health

Posted by Jon Sell on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:19 AM

Published in Behavioral Healthcare, December 2013

For healthcare facility designers, flexibility has become a driving demand.Healthcare leaders find it hard to predict, with the coming changes in healthcare reform, how facilities can best respond to new paradigms for reimbursement and patient care.This is particularly true for behavioral health facilities.

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Topics: architecture, behavioral health, interior design, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, Healing Environment

Comforts of Home: Furnishing a Health Care Setting

Posted by Pat Malick on Nov 01, 2013 at 5:44 AM

Published by Healthcare Construction + Operations, October 2013

In every space people use, furniture is needed and creates an impression. For a space to be functional as well as healing, furniture needs to function in more ways than might be expected in a hotel or office.Patient room chairs may be used for rehab or used overnight by a loved one. The low tables in a waiting room might be used for a coffee break while waiting for a parent in surgery or for a child to do his homework while waiting for his annual physical.

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Topics: furniture, Pat Malick, healthcare design, interior design, ACA, healing, continuous improvement, advisory services, hospital design

The Resource Library goes Digital

Posted by Nicole Wood on Jun 10, 2013 at 6:15 AM

As designers, we have a tendency to hold on to everything “just in case” we need it. The fast paced profession we live in has taught us to always have options on hand. However, it has become necessary to downsize our spaces in favor of going digital and the time has finally come for the Resource Library to follow suit.This may cause many of you to think you are on an episode of ‘Hoarders,’ but trust me you are not alone.

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Topics: digital library, healthcare design, interior design, Nicole Wood, continuous improvement, hospital design