Inspire and accelerate the design of environments and systems, enriching the healthcare interface.


Engage an international group with clinical expertise in order to inform design and guide leadership through health research, education, and policy.




Currently, no forum exists for clinicians to apply their insights and experience in the design of settings and systems that serve medical practice. Yet, by tapping into the knowledge created by networks of healthcare and research professionals, we may facilitate the next tipping point in medicine, and challenge the stated norms for health & care design. Emerging professionals in healthcare, science and design seek shared knowledge and expertise, and may together inspire [enable] the emergence of a new mode of practice.

The field of healthcare is changing; medicine is increasingly recognising the benefits and value of the social sciences and humanities in the shaping of clinicians and clinical practices. The clinical practice of healthcare and the fields of architecture, planning & design occupy different professional, social and cultural worlds, with few opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration- until now.


CfD’s goal is to begin closing this gap between the design and healthcare professions, encouraging exposure across disciplines, thinking differently, and merging our disparate expertise. Clinicians are asking not only for the architect’s perspective, but to develop a skillset and knowledge-base that will allow them to help shape the future of hospitals, medicine, and healthcare. Ultimately, the design team and the health care team may together serve each other and our patients.




Provide | Guide | Develop

  • Provide a unique platform to explore how health delivery systems, technologies and design practices may enhance patient care and serve the future of medical practice;

  • Guide recommendations for clinically-based design standards to improve clinician wellbeing, facilitate the human-technology interface and support patient outcomes;

  • Develop cross-disciplinary knowledge, tools, skills and strategies that offer clinicians and design professionals an insight to each other’s processes and practices.



  • Integrate existing and emerging technologies to further progressive research-based design-thinking;
  • Inform design strategies and systems for healthcare delivery within residential, community, and global contexts;

  • Engage clinical experts and emerging professionals to address the impact of design on clinicians’ capacity to perform and enhance patient outcomes.


  • Collaborate with professionals and institutions to develop curricula and courses;
  • Facilitate and host symposia, lectures, workshops and knowledge networks where ideas may be shared;

  • Translate principles, research, and models for care improvement into design standards, policies and consensus statements.


  • Integrate existing and emerging technologies to further progressive research-based design-thinking;
  • Encourage funding, sponsorship and membership opportunities to facilitate collaborative studies;

  • Increase the quality and quantity of peer-reviewed publications and presentations.