Cancer User Experience
In two separate classes over the span of a year, I researched and studied means and methods of designing healing spaces, using a proposed addition to the UVA Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center as a case study. The classes were unconnected in content but similar in approach and focus area, so I have chosen to represent them as one exercise.
I used affective spaces as my guiding principle, working hard to combat traditionally sterile healthcare environments. A stylistic approach that I took was through collage, creating models by hand and then Photoshopping scenes on top of them. This way I could play with a multitude of scales and a spectrum of realism to abstraction in order to discover evocative, sensory-pleasing design solutions in an otherwise drab and unfriendly environment.
I also worked to uncover how one may retrofit existing hospital spaces to be more affective through a nodal network across hallways, exam rooms, and waiting rooms. The goal was to create a framework for approaching healthcare design in a more human-friendly way.
Fall 2016, Spring 2017