Dean Fisher Envisions the Future of Healthcare Design at Transform 2012

Dean Tom Fisher will discuss how research and development at the College of Design is impacting the field of healthcare during the Mayo Clinic Transform Symposium
on Tuesday, September 11. The annual event brings
together innovators, leaders, designers, entrepreneurs, policy makers
and business thinkers to talk about how innovation and design solutions
are transforming the experience and delivery of health care.


At the College of Design, health – human health, environmental health, community health – are common areas of focus across most of its 8 academic units and 10 research centers. A few examples include:


  • In 2011, Linsey Gordon and Silvia Guttmann (B.S. Apparel Studies ’12) developed a better hospital gown and won a $25,000 fellowship grant from the Park Nicollet Foundation.
  • The Center for Design in Health uses creative problem solving to improve the successful outcomes of surgeries and other procedures. Thumbnail image for Mayo1.jpg
  • The Virtual Reality Design Lab in Rapson Hall allows patients and healthcare personnel to “walk through” hospital settings during the design process.
  • Interior design professor Denise Guerin and associate professor Caren Martin developed InformeDesign, the world’s largest evidence-based design database. The database provides designers up-to-date research that can be used to enhance the experience and outcomes of a hospital stay.
  • Architecture professor William Conway is studying ways to improve the “front of the house” environments of healthcare facilities.
  • Landscape architecture professor Rebecca Krinke designs spaces and gardens to reduce feelings of anxiety, anger, and fear.

Thumbnail image for Mayo2.jpgDean Fisher is a leader in the public-interest design movement, and a long-time researcher and advocate for using design to tackle the major economic, environmental, and societal challenges facing the world. Recognized as one of the most published academics in his field, Fisher is the author of six books, 45 book chapters and over 250 major articles. His new book is Designing to Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design.