Small Hospital, Big Idea Competition

Posted on June 22, 2011

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Earlier this year, Kaiser Permanente put out a challenge to all healthcare designers: find a way to design a better small hospital model. KP was looking for creative solutions to increase quality and facilitate better outcomes through new technologies and patient-centered design research.

Last week the three finalists were chosen:  Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch, Aditazz, and Gresham Smith and Partners.  These three firms represent the best submissions from an original pool of 78, which was then whittled down to a short list of 9.  All three will receive an award amount up to $750,000 which will allow them to develop the idea of their winning solution further.

Hats off to the finalists, and more notably to Kaiser Permanente for hosting such a competition. Unlike the rest of the world, the U.S.’s architectural competition culture is practically non-existent; yet this is how many countries award public projects while simultaneously tapping into a broader talent pool and identifying rising design talent. I hope to see more investment in design similar to this, especially in healthcare design.

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