Canadian architect wins international acclaim for reimagining the hospital

The Stockholm-based International Academy for Design and Health has selected Tye Farrow to be their first Architect Award recipient. This award honours an individual who makes a significant contribution to health and humanity through the medium of architecture and design.

In granting this award, an independent panel of respected design professionals and researchers recognized Farrows ability to consistently design world-class healthcare projects that embody the Academys mandate for enhancing health-supportive environmental performance.

Alan Dilani, Ph.D., director of The Academy, has singled out Farrow as a passionate designer who understands the urgency to redefine what a hospital could and should be. Tye has created some of North Americas most spectacular hospitals that consistently tick all the boxes, in terms of civic pride, sustainability, and functionality.

Farrows approach builds on clients inherent aspirations by creating genuinely inspiring spaces that address emotional and spiritual needs. Ideas about uplifting the human spirit have traditionally been overshadowed by narrowly focused efforts to increase efficiencies and treat sickness, says Farrow. Equally important, however, is to believe in the power of a holistic approach to create real progress.

The modern concept of disease is no longer narrowly pathogenic; instead, every disease is seen as having complex origins and effects, said Dilani. This means that health promotion must be an integral part of facility design. The Academy is recognizing people like Tye Farrow because they demonstrate how the built environment can achieve this critical dimension.

The award ceremony was held on June 30, 2007 in Glasgow, Scotland, at the Academys Fifth World Congress and Exhibition.

The International Academy for Design and Health (Design and Health) was founded in 1997 byscientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden as a non-profit forum for the global exchange of research findings among scientists, designers and industry. Under the direction of Alan Dilani, the Design & Health Academy Awards program was initiated this year to recognize work that embodies the Academys highest standards and advances health-supportive design knowledge.

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