Amie Shao Gives Next Hyde Lecture

Amie Shao Gives Next Hyde Lecture

By Kerry McCulloug...

October 18, 2018


Known for her creative, patient-centric, architectural designs in the healthcare world, Amie Shao will be presenting the next Hyde lecture. Shao, who serves as principal of the MASS Design Group, will present a lecture entitled "Beyond the Building” at 4 p.m., October 26th, at Richards Hall, room 15.

Shao and the MASS Design Group have garnered international acclaim for their socially conscious approach to architecture and are renowned for their user-centered practice and community engagement.

For this lecture, Shao will explore the principle that spaces are never neutral, they either heal or they hurt. MASS’s mission is to research, design and advocate for architecture that promotes economic growth, social change and justice.

During her presentation, Shao will showcase the various ways MASS is expanding the architectural practice model through immersive contextual work that uncovers local needs and opportunities, impact-driven design that advances the well-being of people and communities, construction processes that amplify regional investment and impact evaluation that captures the value of design and its effect on people’s lives.

Furthermore, Shao will present projects in Africa and Haiti that refocus the conversation from what architecture is to what it does; as well as US-based healthcare research, interior and furniture design projects that demonstrate ways to pursue impact-driven, designs across scales.

Shao directs the firm’s research work, focusing in particular on health infrastructure planning, design and evaluation. She coordinated the production of the National Health Infrastructure Standards for the Liberian Ministry of Health and has been involved in the design and evaluation of healthcare facilities in Haiti, Africa and the United States.

Shao has worked on projects in collaboration with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, studying the specific needs of mobility and sensory-impaired children with Cerebral Palsy; Northern Westchester Hospital in New York, focusing on how to rethink and update an aging health facility for improved care delivery and safety; and more recently with Ariadne Labs on the impact of design on clinical care in childbirth.

Prior to joining MASS, Shao worked for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Beijing, WORK Architecture Company in New York City and EnSitu, S.A. in Panama. Shao received her Master of Architecture and a Certificate in Urban Policy & Planning from Princeton University.

The College’s Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed, public program. Each year the college hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas which are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.

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