Sam Houston State University envisions each graduate of its College of Osteopathic Medicine playing a role in emphasizing wellness by integrating the patient into the healthcare process as a partner. Instructional spaces intended to support students’ first two years of pre-clinical instruction, research and academic programs include a teaching theater, a large active learning classroom, case-based learning team rooms, a gross anatomy lab, skills lab, and standardized patient and simulation suites.
- The University of Texas at Dallas Brain Performance Institute Dallas, TX, United States
- The University of Texas at Dallas Bioengineering and Science Building Richardson, TX, United States
- Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Conroe, TX, United States
Designing future learning institutions
Page believes education is the means to empower students to become active participants in the transformation of our society. Our Academic facilities are designed with the flexibility to serve community needs for coming generations. These campuses support a focus on values, attitudes, and behaviors that enable individuals to learn to collaborate together.
Our modern portfolio encompasses a wide range of over 300 successful higher education projects at nearly 100 colleges and universities in the US and around the globe spanning Kansas to Kuwait. These include classroom buildings, alumni centers, faculty office buildings, student life and housing projects for the nation’s top institutions as well as state-of-the-art research laboratories, medical schools and teaching hospitals.
Building a medical and research school from the ground up and integrating the curriculum directly with the architecture presents unique opportunities to best serve the curriculum and student needs. Page is a proponent of designs that foster collaboration and create learning spaces where students engage with each other and encouraging cross-pollination of ideas with professors and interdisciplinary scientists.
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- Defining the big picture first We approach planning for every project with organized, facilitated “vision sessions” with stakeholders to discuss possibilities for the future. These are intensive, interactive forums to focus on core business issues first—then on facility impacts. Our facilitators are specially trained in listening, summarizing and bringing clarity to complex problems before tackling details.
Getting inside someone's brain
The Center for BrainHealth’s Brain Performance Institute, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, is the first in the world to focus on leveraging scientifically validated programs and assessments in order to maximize and extend brain performance, increase brain resilience and improve brain regeneration for people of all ages and conditions.
The 62,000-square-foot facility was designed to stimulate, train, and enhance the brains of each participant who visits the space. The building’s layout was informed by the brain itself. The frontal lobe, which is responsible for some of the brain’s most complex activities, inspired the building’s iconic elliptical design. Enveloping the ellipse, the remaining façade features a rhythmic pattern of solid and void panels inspired by an EEG strip.
Building blocks of health
Osteopathic medicine provides a holistic approach to healthcare treating the whole patient rather than parts or symptoms. Focusing on wellness, it also promotes healthy lifestyles and preventative medicine. This approach dovetails well with the role of rural community primary care physician which is the focus for this student body. The building embodies the holistic concept behind the training, acting as one organism tying the parts together with interactive spaces.
Not everything can be learned in a traditional classroom setting so The University of Texas at Dallas set out to create a dynamic home for learning and discovery by combining academic and research spaces. The layout fosters collaborative research through shared technical support and centralized analytical facilities as well as flexible, multidisciplinary research laboratories.
The building is designed to focus on learning and research of the functions of the brain, the nervous system, the cell, the gene and the disciplines of science and engineering as they relate to the improvement of human functions and electronic sensing devices. By bringing all neuroscience disciplines together, the facility represents a national model for collaborative, trans-disciplinary research and learning.
Setting students up for success
“The transformational aspect of our College of Osteopathic Medicine is the physical translation of its holistic philosophy into architecture. For example, the osteopathic principle that ‘structure and function are reciprocally interrelated’ was designed as a grand staircase “spine”. It creates open communication spaces and encourages connectivity among students and professors. ”
Brain Performance Institute
- Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Design Award of Excellence
- ENR Texas & Louisiana's Best Projects, Higher Education/Research Category, Award of Merit