Architectural Analysis of Healing Spaces: Maggie Center Case Studies

Schaeffer Somers, Lecturer in Architecture and Public Health Sciences, is directing a Faculty-Student Global Research project with 4thyear students,Harsheen Kaur andHafsa Ambreen, to analyze the architecture of Maggie Centers in the United Kingdom. Maggie Centers are designed to promote the practical, emotional, and social needs of cancer survivors and their families, and they represent ideal case studies for healing spaces. The project leverages faculty research and Harsheen's work in the ARCH 3011 Architectural Design Thinking studio to survey published evidence and analyze the Maggie Center designs for relationships that promote positive health outcomes for both patients and staff. The project will explore the case for Integrative Medicine in the US and prototype a toolkit for the design of healing spaces.