19 Jan Academy Of Architecture For Health Foundation 2017-2018 Research Grant Awards
Through the support of our generous donors, The Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation (AAFH) was able to award two research grants this cycle. The first grant has been awarded to Dr. Farhana Ferdous of Howard University. Her study will explore the role that spatial configuration in long-term care facilities (LTCF) plays in influencing the physical activity and social interaction among residents experiencing dementia. The findings from this study will be used to inform future research analysis and contribute to design guidelines.
The second grant has been awarded to a collaborative team from West Virginia University and Clemson University led by Shan Jiang, PhD. Their exploratory, survey-embedded experimental study will use and examine Immersive Virtual Environment (IVE) technology to exam the relationship between access to nature in hospital circulation spaces and human spatial cognition and wayfinding performance.
The proposal applications received by the AAHF in 2017 were numerous and compelling, making the selection process both difficult and invigorating. Each proposal went through multiple rounds of review. The review team consisted of six highly qualified researchers and practitioners in the healthcare design community led by Research Committee Chair Erin Peavey, Assoc. AIA, EDAC. Thank you also to the following for volunteering their time and talents: Barbara Huellet, AAHID, FASID, EDAC; Hessam Sadatsafavi, Ph.D.; Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D., MArch ; George Godfrey, BSA, MPA; and Sheila Elijah-Barnwell, Ph.D., AIA.
Full abstracts for these studies may be accessed in ‘ONGOING RESEARCH INITIATIVES’ through our RESEARCH pull-down menu.