Student Projects and Awards

Health & Wellness Student Publications

"Opportunities for Sustainable Design in Skilled-Nursing Culture Change"
2012 AIA/AAH Journal

Sara Mae Martens
2012 Health & Wellness intern at HDR (Omaha) and SPT Architects Wichita

Sara Mae used her experience of senior-care design to research the ways that sustainable practices can both improve building performance and patient health.  Her research resulted in an extensive bibliographic search and three prototypes of skilled-nursing designs.

"Optimizing the Process"
November 2012 Healthcare Design Journal 

Graham Sinclair
2012 Health & Wellness at SmithGroup (San Francisco)

Graham spent the majority of his internship documenting a LEAN process in the Cathedral Hill Hospital project.  He used that experience to write a journal article that provides a protocol and rationale for implementing LEAN techniques in design practice.



Health & Wellness Student Design Competitions
Renewing Home
(Honorable Mention 2012 AIAS/SAGE Competition)

A Student design competition that addressed the needs of residents and staff in skilled nursing units.  This submittal transformed an existing nursing home from an institutional environment to one based on the "green house" neighborhood concept.

Graduate Studio ARCH 808, Spring 2012
Sara Mae Martens, Maia Hoelzinger, Lindsay Slavin & Stephen Mayer
Professor Kent Spreckelmeyer
Sponsors:  AHHI, SAGE, AIAS


Kansas City Soccer Training Center
First Place Winner, 2012 ACSA Steel Competition

Dan DeWeese has reused an existing soccer field to locate a training and rehab facility for amateur and professional players.  He uses a hexagonal steel space frame system as the primary structural and aesthetic expression for his scheme.

Graduate Studio ARCH 808, Spring 2012
Dan DeWeese
Professor Kent Spreckelmeyer
​Sponsors: Steel Institute, ACSA


Nourish Newborns
(Winner of 2011 Steelcase Nurture Competition)

A student design competition that explored the social and physical issues of improving the environmental conditions in neonatal intensive units.

Graduate Seminar ARCH 731, Spring 2011
Professor Frank Zilm - Sponsor:  Steelcase Corporation

Nurturing U
(Runner-Up of 2012 Steelcase Nurture Competition)

The project stems from a need to improve the check-in and waiting experience for patients in the Watkins Memorial Health Center, located on the Lawrence campus of the University of Kansas.

Graduate Seminar ARCH 731, Spring 2012
Professor Frank Zilm - Sponsor:  Steelcase Corporation



Healing a Nation: Healing the Wounded
(Finalist 2012 Architecture for Humanity Competition)

Rana is a Libyan student who is committed to rebuilding her country after the events of 2011/2012. In this proposal she has redesigned the military compound of Gaddafi as a public memorial to the dispossessed and wounded of the revolution. Her own focus is a rehab and training facility for amputees.

Graduate Studio ARCH 808, Spring 2012
Rana Elmghirbi
​Professor Kent Spreckelmeyer
​Sponsors:  Architecture for Humanity


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