Student Design Projects

Master of Architecture students seeking a Certificate in Health Systems & Design participate in a Final Study in their final semester taking on design projects ranging from children's hospitals to Assisted Living Facilties. They often work with real clients and practicing architects from all over the nation and world. The Final Study produces many interesting design concepts worth revisiting.

Class of 2007


robert project

Robert Linnstaedter  

Texas Brain and Spine Institute in Bryan Texas

The Texas Brain and Spine Institute will provide ambulatory care and a network of clinical and academic capital to meet the demands of the adjoining counties providing diagnostic and treatment of neurological disorders while furthering research on the central nervous system. The clinical functions and atrium are the first phase of the project which include the doctors/admin offices, two main lecture halls, and the rehabilitation center of the building. An imaging facility is the second phase of the project. The third phase of the facilities will include a 25,000 square foot laboratory and research facility for study and testing new technologies in promoting the growth of neurons, and experiments will take place in the facility alongside the rehabilitation of patients. Stem cell research will be one of those technologies. The environment will incorporate healing gardens and a water feature to alleviate stress that comes with recovery and adjustment to new life skills.


Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2007

 

lei project

Lei Guo  

A Futuristic Cardiology Hospital - Texas Heart Institute at Texas Medical Center, Houston,TX.

The project looks at redesigning the Denton A. Cooley Building, and creating a landmark building for the Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX. The design intends to offer solutions to future needs by providing flexibility and adaptability. Also, with a focus on Evidence-Based Design the design strives to create a healthcare environment that improves outcomes. It’s a twelve-story building and includes an emergency department, an imaging center, a cardiovascular surgery suite, two floors of research labs and six floors with 12 CICUs and 16 patient rooms per floor. 


Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2007

 

soumitra project

Soumitra Shende  

Cancer Center for the Dubai Healthcare City in Dubai, U.A.E.

The comprehensive Cancer Center is a part of a mega project called "The Dubai Healthcare City Project" in UAE. It will share the vision of the mega project of being an internationally recognized location for quality healthcare and would be known for its integrated center of excellence for clinical and wellness services, medical education and research. The Cancer Center will not only cater to the local population but also to immigrant working class and international visitors. The center will be one of its kind in the region and will include primary facilities and supportive services. The Cancer Center will focus on “Patient Empowerment”, which would be achieved by placing the unique needs of the patient at the center of the treatment philosophy.



Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2007

 

rupa project

Rupa Kango  

Joshua's Place Hospice at Houston, TX.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines hospice as “A facility or program designed to provide a caring environment for supplying the physical and emotional needs of the terminally ill.” Joshua’s Place Hospice is an independent cross-cultural hospice facility for adults. It focuses on two groups which consist of Americans and Asians with Indian origin. This hospice has two facilities with an approximate area of 20,000 sq. ft. each. The design will cater to the different cultural, religious and social needs. Each facility contains four major categories; Public spaces, Administration, Inpatient Beds and Facility Support. 


Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2007

 

junyang project

Junyang Tang 

Memorial Hermann Katy Cancer Hospital in Houston,TX

The Cancer hospital is an important supplement of the Memorial Hermann Katy Healthcare system. Its aim is to eliminate cancer from Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention.The goal of the facility is to achieve efficient wayfinding, parking, reduced travel distance for staff and to facilitate outdoor views for patients by having vertical gardens. The hospital design not only looks at patient needs, but also looks at better working environments for staff by providing quiet working spaces and adding recreational spaces for the staff.


Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2007

 

jeesung project

Jeesung Kim  

Women's Hospital with infants at Baton Rouge, LA.

The existing hospital campus which had opened in 1968 is insufficient for the volume of patients they are catering today. The current size of facility falls short considering the current demand for quality of care, their goal to reform the culture, their expertise.The board has determined their best option would be to relocate the hospital to a larger campus. The new women's hospital looks at the needs of the patients and caters to the vision of a longstanding women's hospital.


Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2007

 

hye-ran project

Hye-Ran  

Medical Campus Master Plan for the Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation was in need of a master plan for a new medical campus located on appoximately seventy acres in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The scope of the project was the master plan of a new medical campus based on the study of three areas: culture, community-based design, and patient/family/staff centered care. Shane presented his research and design for the Cherokee Nation to the Academy of Architecture for Health at the 2006 conference in Miami.


Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2007

 

diane project

Diane Hubert  

Medical Campus Master Plan for the Cherokee Nation

The Brazosport Memorial Hospital in Lake Jackson, Texas recently opened a new 30,490 sq.ft women’s facility costing nearly $10,500,000 in the spring of 2006. The new medical center quickly gained positive recognition around Brazoria County, and was even compared to the medical facilities found in Houston. Designed by WHR architects, the new women’s medical center includes two floors containing Mammography, X-Ray, and Ultrasound rooms, along with ten new LDRP birthing suites. As family-centered care is a high priority for the hospital, the new single-patient birthing suites each include a private bathroom, as well as convenient daytime and overnight accommodations for family or guests. For the Brazosport Memorial Hospital this is a major improvement and advancement in the design of the 20 year old hospital. For my proposal for the women’s medical center, I used a modified version of the existing program of spaces provided by WHR architects. Having been born and raised in Lake Jackson I feel a close connection to the community, and my existing knowledge of the town of Lake Jackson has led me to create an alternative, and possibly more personal design for the women’s medical center.


Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2007

 

ashish project

Ashish Kulkarni

Richmond's Children's Hospital in Virginia.

This project has three distinct components that are integrated architecturally. The focus of the exterior and interior design of all the three buildings is to convey to the public, that they are a place for children and their families and emphasizes superior quality, safety, patient focused care, family friendliness and community responsiveness.

Component One is the design of a 750-850 space parking deck located on the current surface parking lot. Component Two is the connection to the adjoining medical office building (MOB) on the site of Virginia Mechanical Institute(VMI building). Component Three is the design of a full service children's hospital, base building and interior design, on the site of the current VCUHS Children's pavilion located on the Marshall Street between 10th and 11th streets. This building which is between 150,000 to 250,000 sq.ft is linked to the Main Hospital by a walkway.

Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2007

 

arijit project

Arijit Dutta

The Methodist Hospital Research Institute at Texas Medical Center Houston

The proposed Methodist Hospital Research Institute will conduct groundbreaking translational and clinical research to provide the best possible care for their patients.The facility will provide state-of-the-art research spaces for the highest caliber students, researchers, scientists and educators and, in turn, enhance the quality of care for community residents. It will allow current trends in medical research to supplement traditional methods of research.The new building will facilitate the use of high-tech "dry" labs where technology simulates the wet lab experience, and enable small group instruction in "breakout rooms" to support lectures. The Institute will serve as a focal point for physicians and scientists with diverse interests and backgrounds to come together and share ideas.

Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in Fall 2007

 

Class of 2006


robinson tower

Tiffany Robinson

Columbus Children's Hospital New Inpatient Diagnostics and Testing Tower

Tiffany's project was the design of a new inpatient diagnostics and testing tower for the existing Columbus Children's Hospital in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The current campus is the busiest inpatient pediatric surgery center in Ohio and serves over 700,000 patients per year. The new tower will be approximately 500,000 square feet and have 180 inpatients rooms along with a 50,000 square foot emergency department.

Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2006

 

cantu project

Omar Cantu

Rehabilitation for People and Places; Dallas High School: A Case Study

The main focus of Omar's project was how to balance historic preservation and healthcare design issues. In adapting historic buildings, the key is to create a smooth transition between the new, the old, and the surrounding context. In healthcare, designers should strive to provide healing environments that achieve stress reduction through positive distraction, such as views of nature and social interaction. The project vehicle was the former Dallas High School built in 1907 in downtown Dallas. The mission of the project was to reuse the former school building as a 60,000 square foot rehabilitation center that provides ample space for therapy, a simplified circulation pattern and incorporated view of nature.

Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2006

 

paprikar project

Manjiri Paprikar

New Ochsner Cancer Center and Hospice Program

The proposed Ochsner Cancer Center in New Orleans was designed to be a "one-stop" cancer center with comprehensive services, where cancer patients can see their physicians, recieve laboratory services, outpatients treatments, inpatients care facilities including hospicelevel care. The idea was to humanize the design.

Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2006

 

sharma project

Sneh Sharma

Evidence-Based Neonatal Intensive Care Units

There has been an increasing awareness of the impact of design decisions on the sensory environment of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). In the continuing evolution of NICU design, there is a need to evolve the entire spectrum of care for neonates not only as a tangential design consideration but as an intervention based in science.

Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2006

 

gan project

Yong Gan

General Hospital in College Station, Texas

From birth to death, hospitals witness every critical step of human life. People see hospitals as a place of healing. I believe that a good hospital is not only a place for physical healing, but also a place for spiritual healing. The concept of my project is a "healing chapel" hospital.

Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2006

 

park project

Hae Oak Park

Free-standing Birthing Center in College Station, Texas

This new free-standing birthing facility was designed to provide a safe maternity service as well as a home-like facility for families to share the happiness associated with a new baby.

Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2006

 

lee project

Yong Kyu Lee

Ophthalmology Surgery Center and Clinic

This project was a real renovation with an actual client in the Houston area. I approached this project from the images of the eye. The eye is one of the most sensitive and important organs of the human body. It also allows our minds to sense and feel the environment and information around us. The Ophthalmology Surgery Center should consider these factors in design. The result can be higher quality healthcare services through architectural response.

Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2006

 

boren project

Shane Boren

Medical Campus Master Plan for the Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation was in need of a master plan for a new medical campus located on appoximately seventy acres in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The scope of the project was the master plan of a new medical campus based on the study of three areas: culture, community-based design, and patient/family/staff centered care. Shane presented his research and design for the Cherokee Nation to the Academy of Architecture for Health at the 2006 conference in Miami.

Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2006

 

viets project

Elizabeth Viets

Assisted Living Home in Seattle

The focus of this project is to create a healthy environment for the elderly that encourages them to remain involved with their community by supporting interaction between residents and their families, friends and neighbors. Social support is known to have positive health benefits, so an integral aspect of the design of this healthy residential community is space for social interaction.

Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2006

 

grant project

John Grant

Assisted Living Facility in College Station, Texas

The Baby Boomer generation is poised to flood Assisted Living Facilities with an influx of people never before seen in this industry. This upcoming massive inflow of aging residents necessitates the attention of design to create space which will meet their varying needs, tastes and dispositions.

Graduated with a Masters of Architecture from Texas A&M in 2006