Diane Dutcher

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A Little about Me

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I am a fourth-year senior in Psychology and Architecture and I currently work on Dr. Lamb's research team over at Emory, where we are studying how nurses coordinate care in the hospital. I'm looking forward to graduating in the spring and I am truly excited about seeing how this class unfolds.

Outside of classes, I have been coaching youth soccer teams (with kids under the age of 6, yes...pure craziness!) for the past four years, as well as serving as an adviser to a freshmen leadership team, Freshman Activities Board (FAB). I also teach several fitness classes at our very own CRC, including cycling and cardio kickboxing.

My other interests include running, photography, reading the newspaper and perusing IKEA catalogs :) My email is ddutcher(a)gatech.edu.


August 21, 2007 | Intro

As the professors for this course were discussing their individual perspectives, some common themes about 'designing for children' (especially when using Hughes Spalding as a model) rose to the forefront:

-- Wide range of users: the range of users in a children's hospital includes both patients + families

-- Decision support: families and patients need better resources when making important decisions in the hospital setting

-- Security: the urban setting of Hughes Spalding presents different security issues than a suburban, non-community hospital

-- Child-friendly environments: the materials, colors, textures, etc. are incredibly important when considering children as the primary users

-- Wow! factor: aiming for a "Wow!" response from children pushes the design team to be creative and innovative

-- Timeliness of care: possibility of transforming the waiting room into another type of environment, where the emphasis is not on the "waiting"

-- Accommodation of all the "Stuff:"


My thoughts:

--pushing design innovation deeper into the building (beyond the lobby) --wow factor --relate to my soccer team

August 23, 2007 | Julia Jones: CHOA

August 28, 2007 | Craig Zimring: Environments of Healing

August 30, 2007 | Hughes Spalding Site Visit

September 4, 2007 | Gerri Lamb: Patient-Centered Care Process

September 6, 2007 | Perkins+Will: Practical Innovation