Professor George J. Mann,
AIA, the Skaggs- Sprague Endowed Chair in Health Facilities Design, spoke
at "The Architects
for Health Event" on Thursday (Nov. 30) at London Metropolitan
University. The event focused on the current absence of healthcare
architecture as a topic of study in UK schools of architecture.
Architects for Health" is a linked society of the Royal
Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Mann discussed and presented
the work of the unique and internationally recognized "Architecture
for Health" program at Texas A&M. A&M’s program,
which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, has undertaken
more than 550 projects all over the world since its inception
in 1966. Graduates of this program are leading practitioners
and academics. The only other university in the U.S. offering
a similar program is Clemson University.
Architects in the UK have become increasingly concerned about
the lack of opportunities for architectural students to be introduced
or informed about the healthcare sector. The number of architects
belonging to ‘Architects for Health’ is approximately
500. They wish to establish a program or programs in the UK similar
to Texas A&M's,” said Mann.
Mann is president of GUPHA- Global University Programs in Healthcare
Architecture. GUPHA was founded in 1999 to assist other universities
around the world in jump starting similar programs. GUPHA has
gone from 2 universities in 1999 to over 30, and more than 300
members from around the world.
Professor George J. Mann, AIA, the Skaggs-Sprague Endowed Chair
in Health Facilities Design