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Global Design Differences
March 12, 2018
Global Design Differences

Having studied and worked both in Asia and the United States, I’m able to discuss some of the similarities and differences between the two continents in design, goals, and methods, as well as study and work environments.

Creating Our Own Stories
March 8, 2018
Creating Our Own Stories

Women working in industries that are typically male-dominated sometimes unknowingly play an important role in inspiring young women. Similar to the evolution of the career path of the Barbie doll, career options are now endless for girls as they consider their future.

Meet the People: Rich Busfield
Design Collaborative Wins Five Advertising Honors Awards
Hospital Planning: Patient Care Units
February 26, 2018
Hospital Planning: Patient Care Units

In the final blog of our Hospital Planning series, we discuss designing patient care units. The safety and comfort of the patient, as well as the ease of care for the staff are the primary drivers for design.

Hospital Planning: Imaging Departments
February 19, 2018
Hospital Planning: Imaging Departments

Hospital imaging rooms are designed with the evolution of advancements, replacements, and upgrades in mind. Each of these spaces is designed with the patient in mind first. Procedures are typically stressful for the patient, but good designers do their best to humanize the experience through design.

Hospital Planning: Emergency Departments
February 12, 2018
Hospital Planning: Emergency Departments

When designing a hospital's emergency department, our team needs to collect and understand a plethora of information from the hospital. The goal is to correctly size the department in order to adequately serve the patient population.

Hospital Planning: Surgery Departments
February 5, 2018
Hospital Planning: Surgery Departments

Our healthcare team has to have a developed understanding of a hospital's key departments to effectively plan and design an efficient and patient-friendly environment. Here, I'll focus on a surgery department.

Thad Berkes Joins DC as Chief Estimator
February 1, 2018
Thad Berkes Joins DC as Chief Estimator

Thad Berkes has joined the DC team as Chief Estimator!

Bright Ideas: Understanding Lighting Control System Design and Operation
January 30, 2018
Bright Ideas: Understanding Lighting Control System Design and Operation

I learned first-hand "watt's watt" with the installation of a lighting controls system. Here's how it impacts you.

Healthcare Design: Understanding the On-Stage/Off-Stage Model
January 22, 2018
Healthcare Design: Understanding the On-Stage/Off-Stage Model

The organization and relationship between patient and caregiver spaces is one of healthcare’s most fundamental design questions.

Updated Athletic Facilities Attract Student Athletes
January 15, 2018
Updated Athletic Facilities Attract and Retain Student Athletes

Designing athletic facilities where student athletes can practice, develop into better players, and have a sense of belonging is crucial to not only recruitment but retention.

Chris Stine Named Associate Partner
January 11, 2018
Chris Stine Named Associate Partner

Architect Chris Stine, NCARB, has been named an Associate Partner of the firm.

Meet the People: Chris Stine
25 for DC25: The Definitive List
December 27, 2017
25 for DC25: The Definitive List

As 2017 and Design Collaborative’s 25th year of creating people-first places comes to a close, we thought it only fitting to look back at 25 of the great things that happened in our 25th year.