What is the work profile of the hospital architect?
Hospital architect is either a Post graduate in Architecture with specialization in hospital; or a Graduate in architecture with experience in hospital design.
- Hospital Architect helps in developing the project scope and services. Translates planning concepts into comprehensible terms for clients, designer and project team members.
- To understands the clinical requirements of the staff and hospital and transforms their needs into his/her design
- They also assists in the design development, modification and / or review medical planning concepts / solutions.
- Hospital Architect assists in establishing overall project budgets and milestone schedules in coordination with project managers, project engineers.
- Coordinate with various consultants to implement medical planning.
- Hospital architect assist in the development of standard materials and describe the portfolio, systems, processes and people of the health care group.
What are the roles and responsibilities of hospital architect?
Planning and design of hospital, plan and coordinate hospital engineering, supervise construction and commissioning of the hospital building.
Major roles and responsibilities of hospital architect are as follows:-
- Creating building designs and highly detailed drawings both by hand and by using specialist computer-aided design (CAD) applications.
- Liaising with construction professionals about the feasibility of potential projects.
- Working around constraining factors such as planning legislation, environmental impact and project budget.
- Working closely with a team of other professionals such as building service engineers, construction managers, quantity surveyors and architectural technologists.
- Applying for planning permission and advice from governmental new build and legal departments.
- Writing and presenting reports, proposals, applications and contracts.
- Choosing the materials to be used and specifying the requirements for the project.
- Adapting plans according to circumstances and resolving any problems that may arise during construction.
- Making sure the project is running according to schedule and budget.
- Playing a part in project and team management.
- Provides technical knowledge in the design and planning of various-sized medical and healthcare facilities.
- Ensures project inter-disciplinary and quality control coordination.
- Develops architectural drawings to communicate planning concepts for project documentation and construction.
- Prepares and modifies architectural documents, elevations, sections, details, etc.
- Anticipates and develops solutions to technical and design problems following established standards.
- Communicates planning concepts to project teams, both verbally and through graphic and written reports.
- Actively seeks new knowledge in the design and planning of medical and healthcare facilities.
- Supervises other team members in conjunction with project managers.
- May lead periodical project meetings and presentations; ensure client is adequately briefed on project progress.
What is the recent development evolved in hospital architectural evolving over years?
This field has recently developed. Not many architects have adequate experience in designing hospitals
Recent attention in health care has been on the actual architectural design of a hospital facility, including its technology and equipment, and its effect on patient safety.
To address the problems of errors in health care and serious safety issues, fundamental changes of health care processes, culture, and the physical environment are necessary and need to be aligned, so that the caregivers and the resources that support them are set up for enabling safe care.
The facility design of the hospital, with its equipment and technology, has not historically considered the impact on the quality and safety of patients, yet billions of rupees are and will be invested annually in health care facilities.
This provides a unique opportunity to use current and emerging evidence to improve the physical environment in which nurses and other caregivers work, and thus improve both nurse and patient outcomes.
- Recent developments also include the following
- Evidence based design
- Infection control in design
- Barrier free design
- Pneumatic tube transport system for materials, laundry, waste etc
- Green building design
- Water conservation in design
- Energy conservation in design
- Vertical vs horizontal growth in design
Before hiring a hospital architect, what all one should look into?
One should look into his experience in hospital planning and design. Also he/she should have completed a few hospital planning and design project.
How hospital architects at PHP are different than others?
Hospital architects at PHP have more than 5-10 years of hands on experience in designing hospitals country wide. They have an overall comprehensive knowledge of coordinating various services and hospital services, which are an integral part of hospital planning.
At PHP, the hospital architect assures that the design will increase operational productivity or efficiency and reduces staffing needs can have a major impact.
In hospital industry, operations and maintenance costs over the typical 50-year life cycle of a hospital contribute up to 80% to the equation, so anything hospital architect can do to facilitate maintenance and reduce total life-cycle cost will have tremendous returns on a relatively small up-front investment.
The rapid technological advances, often involving very sophisticated techniques and equipment, make more diagnostic and treatment procedures available.
The consequent increase in health care costs is not easily accommodated. At PHP, Hospital architect find increasing focus on limiting both construction costs and the costs of their design services, while compressing construction schedules and still meeting the highest quality standards.
What all legal knowledge one hospital architect should have?
The design of health care facilities is governed by many regulations and technical requirements. All legal and other statutory issues related to hospital planning and design
The regulatory bodies which goven hospital design and planning are many. Some of these are here below:
- National building bylaws
- State level building bylaws
- Medical council guidelines
- Dental council guidelines
- Nursing council guidelines
- AERB certification
- PD-PNDT act
- Clinical establishment act of state governments
- Blood bank rules
- Biomedical waste management act 2016 etc
- NABH OT guidelines
- Fire rules
What all certifications and licenses are required of hospital architect?
Either a Graduate or a Post Graduate in Architecture
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