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Conference programme

Wednesday 26 April



08:00 Registration, coffee & croissants
09:00 Welcome
09:15 Keynote: Keingart, space activators
10:00 Break
10:30 Introduction session: Framing the conference topic
10:50 Break

Parallel session I

IA: Housing for elderly

  • Housing for elderly in a changing social and health care service structure
  • Promoting identity: Design strategies for an active ageing
  • Insights into living with dementia: Five implications for architectural design.

IB: Art and sensory experience

  • Future design of a children’s hospice
  • Interior design elements influence on users’ wayfinding capacity in a Swedish hospital setting.
  • Beyond the dichotomy of figurative and abstract art in hospitals: The potential of visual art as a generator of well-being.
12:00 Lunch

Parallel session II

IIA: Impact of environmental design

  • Feeling better: sensory rooms in an inpatient psychiatric unit
  • Injury Prevention in Institutional Settings in Sweden
  • Stress Hormones Mediated by The Built Environment; A possibility to influence the progress of Alzheimer’s Disease?

IIB: Healthy housing and neighbourhood

  • Medical Neighbourhoods: Urban Planning and Design Considerations for Charité Virchow Klinikum in Berlin, Germany.
  • Universal design to promote all‐life aspects and usability in city housing development. A mixed approach study in Gothenburg Sweden.
  • Acting at a distance – prevention of mould or promotion of healthy housing.
14:00 Break

The  Nacadia Therapy Garden, Hørsholm
Introduction to the garden by Victoria Lynn Lygum,
landscape architect, Ph.D., EDAC

Centre for Cancer and Healthcare, Copenhagen
Introduction to the house by Johannes M. Pedersen,
partner, architect, Nord Architects

19:00 Dinner at Restaurant Tårnet                                             


Thursday 27 April



8:00 Coffee & croissants
9:00 Network meeting
10:00 Break

Parallel session III

IIIA: Light, health and wellbeing

  • Light, Air and Natural Surroundings – in Different Hospital Typologies
  • Towards assessing the impact of circadian lighting in elderly housing from a holistic perspective
  • Designing an Artificial Lighting Scheme usable for all
  • The luminaire window. Dynamic LED light supplementing the daylight intakt, to meet biological needs and architectural potentials in healthcare.

IIIB: User perception and quality criteria

  • How to evaluate healthcare buildings? Selection of methods for evaluating hospital architectural quality and usability – A case at St. Olavs hospital in Norway.
  • The impact of critical care environment on patient care; staff’s view
  • User or Expert?
  • The Architectural Question of Vandhalla – to Compensate or to Stimulate?




Coffee break


Parallel session IV

IVA: Hospital design and user experience

  • Health promotive ambitions related to building design – the case of Angered Nearby Hospital
  • How can research on patient experience inform hospital design? A case study on improving wayfinding
  • How cancer patients and relatives experience specially designed cancer counselling centers.

IVB: Theoretical framework and evaluation criteria for hospital spaces

  • Theoretical frameworks in Healthcare Built Environment research – a scoping review
  • A tectonic approach to healthcare‐ and welfare architecture? The Willow Tearooms as an example
  • The Physical and psychosocial environment’s influence on patients’ and staffs’ perception of person centered care in forensic psychiatry.
14:30  Break
15:00 Keynote: Professor Morten Kringelbach,
Oxford University

Wrapping up