Pei-Lin Liao

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This is my first year here at Georgia Tech. I recently graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in architecture as well. I plan to study more about architectural technology and sustainability for my Master's degree.

Aug. 18, 2009: Views on Health Centers

I grew up near a hospital in Taiwan, and my dad is also a doctor. However, I tried to avoid the hospital as much as I could. It wasn't until my mom was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago that I became more familiar with the health care center. The one thing that made me avoid hospitals was the smell (the smell of medicine, chlorine, etc.), and this issue became even more prominent during my mom's chemotherapy sessions. I've never been to a large scale health center in the U.S. so I'm not sure if that is a problem here. As an architecture student, I think indoor air quality is an important issue that we should be aware of.

Aug. 25&27, 2009: Group Presentations and Health Center Visit

It was interesting to see different groups finding various information on On-site health centers. The one that caught my attention was the "container clinics". I kept focusing on the built environment that I never thought of this possibility. But now I heard this idea, it reminded me of the mobile libraries that I've seen on the news. I do realize that one of the biggest issue we should figure out with on-site health centers is how do we know if they really are more benficial (for both employer and employees). But it will be difficult finding that out.

The visit to health center was the first time I've been introduced to a clinic with such detail. I was surprised that there are so many departments in one little building. From an architecture stand point, the building and the lobby is quite beautiful. However, the interior seems a bit tight. Of course there the problem of budget and fitting everything into the same building. Also, the "sick line" along the hallway appear quite uncomfortable. I think it would make the patients even more anxious facing a blank wall while waiting. Obviously, there are things that can be done differently, but it is a challenge to balance out all issues.

Sept. 24, 2009: CNN Health Center Visit

I was kind of shocked at how small their health center is, considering it is such a big building with all those employees. But it was great to finally see a real on-site health center and hearing about the actual background of it. Although it would be nice if we got a chance to talk to the people that have used the center to find out exactly what they like or didn't like.

Oct. 8, 2009: Field Observation and Floor Plan Analysis Presentaions

From the presentations today, the issue that was brought up the most is privacy. But the dilemma is that you need a big space to fix this problem, in turn, this creates the trouble of circulation and accessibility. This will be an interesting challenge when we start on the final project, while fixing one problem, we reveal a different one.