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2014 Lecture : Dr Ray Pentecost

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LECTURE: "Healthcare: The path that brought us to where we are today"

SPEAKER: Dr Ray Pentecost

WHEN: Wednesday, 29th Jan, 2014 at 12:00 noon

WHERE: Room 101a, College of Architecture Gallery (Coffee and Cookies will be provided)


Brief bio of speaker: Dr. Ray Pentecost is President of Design and Health, LLC in Norfolk, VA. He is a licensed Architect and a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). He is Board Certified in the healthcare architecture specialty by/ and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Architects (FACHA). He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a former Licensed Long Term Care Administrator. Ray is the current President of the International Academy for Design and Health (IADH) based in Stockholm and a Past President of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health.

In 2012 Ray was named to Healthcare Design Magazine’s list of The Most Influential People in Healthcare Design.

Ray currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Direction for the launch of BRIK - Building Research Information Knowledgebase – an AIA/ National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) joint venture building the world’s premier online portal for building research information. BRIK went live on January 9, 2013. Prior to that Ray served as one of three co-chairs of the AIA’s America’s Design and Health Initiative, Phase 1, which considered ways architecture can favorably impact the nation’s health.

During 2008-9 Ray served as a subject matter expert (SME) on the Achieving World Class study as a member of the National Capital Region Base Realignment and Closure Health Systems Advisory Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board to assess whether the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH) were being designed and constructed to be world-class medical facilities and, if not, what remedy was needed.

Ray is a frequent speaker both across the United States and internationally, including venues in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Guatemala, Ireland, Malaysia, Scotland, Singapore, and South Africa. Topics generally focus on design and research, and design and health.

Ray is an award-winning architectural educator with a history of complementary faculty relationships with schools of medicine, public health, nursing, and allied health sciences. From 1987-91 Ray led The Health Environments Institute, a health architecture program at the University of Houston, College of Architecture, teaching both seminar and studio courses, and advising on student research. From his passion for design research Ray wrote “The Practitioner as Researcher,” a chapter for the Wiley & Sons 2009 book Evidence-Based Design for Multiple Building Types, by Hamilton and Watkins.