Designing with Evidence-Based Empathy (Preview)

The New Stamford Hospital

Healing, Reimagined. Stamford Health in Stamford, Connecticut, set out to reimagine healing, using design to drive empowerment, dignity, compassion, and person-centered care.

A wood clad entrance frames the glass lobby with access to daylight and views. Photo by Robert Benson Photography.

By Tushar Gupta, FAIA, NCARB, Design Principal

While Stamford Hospital has the most progressive technology and latest in medical innovation, it is the enriching spatial experiences that stand out to patients, visitors, and staff alike. Starting from the entrance of the hospital, the design moves people through a series of welcoming and healing experiences: a medical library providing consumer health information, a non-denominational chapel, natural light and outdoor terraces, Zen spaces for surgeons within the sterile operating zone, and even fireplaces with intimate seating for visitors. In fact, the impact of design reaches beyond the hospital walls. Sited adjacent to downtown Stamford, the hospital sought engagement with the community to create revitalization. Today, Stamford Health is exceeding its institutional and neighborhood goals.

EYP was the Architect of Record for the new Stamford Hospital, from master planning through the design of the hospital. Through a collaboration among clinicians, administrators, and the EYP healthcare design team, they were charged to “reimagine healing…”

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From Design Museum Magazine Issue 017