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Architecture Lecture by Scott Kelsey: The 'New American Medical School'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

White Stag Block, Event Room
70 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209

Department of Architecture
Spring 2015 Lectures and Events

Scott Kelsey, FAIA
Managing Principal, CO Architects

The “New American Medical School” – Identifying Innovations for the Future of USA Hospital Design

Pioneering principles for the design of our nation’s future hospitals and related healthcare facilities are being established today by game-changing developments in the curriculum and facility design of many new medical schools and allied healthcare educational institutions.  The “New American Medical School” concept transforms the built educational environment in ways that radically impacts the conduct of the disciplines taught through inter-professional learning and technology, and creates a new model for medical and health education facilities that is driven by an emphasis on technology-rich, problem-based, and hands-on learning modalities.  Since these newly established educational environments will be the source of the physicians, nurses, technologist and administrators of a next generation of healthcare providers, they are stimulating innovative and interdisciplinary thought and effort towards the instigation of equally game-changing developments in the future of the healthcare clinical environment i.e. hospitals. Since the medical education and hospital building types both represent golden opportunities to become transformative forces for change in our nation’s ongoing healthcare improvement dialogue, understanding how these educational changes in training, technological and environmental conditions can and will apply to the clinical environment of the Hospital, offers a fertile source for innovations in the design of our nation’s future healthcare institutions.

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About Scott Kelsey FAIA:

Scott Kelsey FAIA is the Managing Principal of CO Architects, and joined the practice in 1987 as one of its early members. Scott has over 30 years of experience in institutional building types that include academic, research, clinical, civic and justice facilities. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in the New American Medical School, where he has helped develop and implement new models for schools of medicine and health across the country. An early member of Project Kaleidoscope, Scott also has special knowledge and understanding of the demands of undergraduate science teaching and research. He frequently presents at national forums such as the Global Design Alliance, Tradeline and the Society for College and University Planning. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Lecture, Free, Portland


College of Design, Department of Architecture, UO Portland, College of Design: Portland

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public, Graduate Students, New Students, Alumni




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