The HSSPR Seminar Series: Salutogenic Built Environments for Health

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Salutogenic Built Environments for Health: Nightingale to Covid-19 in the Long-Term Care Milieu

Abstract: We will start with the mid-19th century contributions of Florence Nightingale and then conclude with the LTC crisis during the pandemic and how architecture can help lead the way out of the current dysfunctionality of Ontario’s 24/7 LTC homes (with parallels drawn back to FN’s views on the built environment as a therapeutic modality).

Speaker: Stephen Verderber, Arch,D., NCARB, ACSA Distinguished Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Stephen Verderber is Professor of Architecture, Director of the Centre for Design + Health Innovation in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, and Adjunct Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health/IHPME at the University of Toronto. A Registered Architect in the U.S. and co-founder of R-2ARCH (Research to Architecture), he is sole author of seven books, co-author of two, and has published over one-hundred peer reviewed scholarly and professional articles. His most recent books are Innovations in Transportable Healthcare Architecture (2016), Innovations in Behavioural Health Architecture (2018) and Innovations in Hospice Architecture (Second Edition, 2020). His first book, Healthcare Architecture in an Era of Radical Transformation (2000), has become a standard reference. Principal investigator of numerous externally sponsored research projects and reports, he holds one of only two North American faculty cross-appointments linking architecture and public health. Dr. Verderber has delivered invited keynotes at numerous international conferences on evidence-based health research and design, educational pedagogy, eco-humanist health-centric design, and has received numerous awards for his interdisciplinary contributions to the advancement of the discipline, profession, and broader community.

Associated Readings: White Paper 2, June 2022: Reimagining Long-Term Care Architecture in Post-Pandemic Ontario–and Beyond.  Posted on the home page of the Centre for Design + Health Innovation.

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