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, psychiatry 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.