Humanscale Design Smart Seminars Continue Into Spring

Humanscale Launches Two New, Two Returning Sessions


Karen Brooking


NEW YORK, January 30, 2009 — Humanscale’s popular Design Smart Seminar series continues in February with eight educational events in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The February roster includes two new sessions—“Public Architecture and the Power of Pro Bono Design” and “The Adaptable Workplace: Ergonomic Design & Productivity”—in addition to returning sessions “Ergonomics & Healthcare: Boost Patient Care through Caregiver Comfort” and “Office Ergonomics.”

“Public Architecture and the Power of Pro Bono Design,” presented by John Cary, explains how designers can serve their communities—and portfolios—with charitable donations of time and talent. Scheduled for Los Angeles (February 25) and San Francisco (February 26), this session explores the many benefits of pro bono design—including creative fulfillment, employee recruitment and retention, promotional opportunities, and personal satisfaction—plus practical advice for the strategic selection and execution of pro bono pursuits.
An architect by training, John Cary is Executive Director of Public Architecture, a national nonprofit organization that promotes and facilitates pro bono architectural and design services for worthwhile public projects. John writes and speaks extensively on issues relating to architectural education, internship, licensure, and public-interest design, and is the youngest person ever recognized as a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. Most recently, John and Public Architecture Founder and President John Peterson were jointly recognized as the 2009 Designers of the Year by Contract magazine.
“The Adaptable Workplace: Ergonomic Design & Productivity,” presented by Professor Alan Hedge, explores the connection between productivity and workplace design. Scheduled for Los Angeles (February 3), San Diego (February 4), San Francisco (February 11), and Vancouver (February 12), this session offers valuable insight on how ergonomic products and programs, indoor environmental conditions, and green design can maximize worker output. Instruction on measuring productivity in the workplace will also be provided.
In “Ergonomics & Healthcare: Boost Patient Care through Caregiver Comfort,” scheduled for February 10 in Seattle, Professor Hedge explores the link between caregiver comfort and improved patient care. Specifically addressing ergonomics issues as they relate to healthcare IT—including their effects on healthcare personnel and the patient experience—Professor Hedge offers solutions to the unique ergo challenges of IT-intensive work in the areas of digital radiology, nursing stations, computers on wheels (COWs), patient accounts, and medical records.
Finally, Professor Hedge’s newly updated “Office Ergonomics” presentation is scheduled for London on February 18. In addition to the exploration of ergonomics in the modern office and related economic advantages, this session will touch on the emerging connection between green design and ergonomics, including the achievement of a valuable LEED credit with a comprehensive ergonomics program.
Professor Alan Hedge is the Director of the Human Factors and Ergonomics program at Cornell University. An extensively published and internationally recognized expert in ergonomics, Professor Hedge has made numerous ergonomics-related television appearances on shows including the Today Show, Weekend Today, the Early Show and NOVA, and has been featured in Time, Business Week, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Attendees of “Public Architecture and the Power of Pro Bono Design” and “Office Ergonomics” are eligible for AIA and IDCEC (IIDA, ASID, IDC, IDEC) credits. Accreditation is pending for “The Adaptable Workplace: Ergonomic Design & Productivity” and “Ergonomics & Healthcare;” attendees of these sessions will be permitted to apply credits retroactively.
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