Lynne Wilson Orr, Principal at Parkin and Claire O’Donnell, Associate at Parkin, are teaching a new course in Healthcare Interior Design to third year students in the Interior Design Technology Program at George Brown College. The course provides students with an opportunity to understand the planning and design of healthcare projects with a strong focus on understanding the needs of patients, families and staff. Classes explore the issues of accessibility, infection prevention and control, different patient populations and their needs, millwork design, and the selection of appropriate materials and finishes, furniture and furnishings and equipment. The students are given four assignments to complete and are assessed on the assignments, a midterm examination, and a final assignment on the planning and design of a specific patient room type, including millwork, furniture, materials and interior design concept.
George Brown course description:
Interior Design Technology is a three-year program that prepares graduates to be a valuable member of the design team for interior alterations, additions and renovations, leasehold improvements and new construction. An Interior Design Technologist is a key member of the design team, contributing to the technical design of building interiors by developing plans, elevations, colour schemes and 3D models, that incorporate details such as wall assemblies, lighting, textiles, fixtures, furniture and ergonomic considerations.