Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, UNLV Develop North America’s First Master of Healthcare Interior Design Program

Classes for the post-professional degree program begins Aug. 29

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) have teamed up to offer the first Master of Heathcare Interior Design Program in North America. The post-professional program, which is part of the School of Architecture, provides students with a unique, cross-disciplinary and research-driven educational experience focusing on the design of healthcare environments for those living with neurodegenerative diseases.

As part of the collaboration, specialists in neurology, cc-unlv logospsychiatry and neuropsychology at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (CCLRCBH) will provide UNLV students with the medical knowledge necessary to understand the considerations and challenges in designing living and working environments for the neurologically impaired and to prepare program graduates for careers in the healthcare interior design profession.

“The new master’s program builds on the monumental success we had with the healthcare design courses in the interior architecture and design undergraduate professional program, which we started  four years ago,” said Dr. Dylan Wint, CCLRCBH’s NV Energy Chair for Brain Health Education. “The center and UNLV have a long and thriving history in research collaboration and it’s encouraging to see our program, which benefits the lives of the patients we treat here at the center, continue to grow and make advancements in healthcare and interior design.”

The evidence-based program, which will welcome its first class of students on Aug. 29, uses current research and trends in neuroscience to create healthier spaces, which ultimately make those living with brain diseases feel better and perform better in day-to-day activities. Students will take into account things like the acoustic environment, lighting and the use of natural materials to design a space that feels warmer and less industrialized, which tends to have a positive impact on patients.

“This will lead to graduates who are creative and innovative problem-solvers and who can productively function across disciplines creating a better educated workforce for the jobs of the future in the $3 trillion United States healthcare market, the largest healthcare industry in the world,” said Professor Attila Lawrence, who is heading the new program.

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About Cleveland Clinic: Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 49,000 employees are more than 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2015, there were 6.6 million outpatient visits, 164,700 hospital admissions and 208,807 surgical cases throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 180 countries. Visit us at  Follow us at

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health: Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset.  Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit

 About UNLV: UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of more than 28,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities. The university is committed to enhancing efforts to attract and retain top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating a medical school that will become an academic health center for Southern Nevada.