Tuesday 17 October – Friday 17 November 2023


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How can we ensure that architectural agency in the healthcare sector is progressive and responsive, rather than reactive? This edition of the Health Care / Health Design forum explores the influence architecture can have on the quality, efficiency and community impact of our healthcare systems. Leading practitioners, researchers and professionals from Australia and abroad discuss the issues, share their experiences and interrogate architecture’s relationship with the health challenges the world faces today.


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  • Hospitals of the Future: Designing for Innovative Healthcare
    Hospitals constitute a mixed-use typology, as they typically include research facilities, cafes, offices and suites for overnight stays. If poorly designed, these varied amenities affect not only user experience, but overall efficiency for hospital staff and healthcare professionals. In this session, speakers share learnings from research and case studies in balancing the many requirements of a hospital precinct.
  • 11.55 am Log in to the Design Speaks Virtual Portal
  • 12.00 pm Presentation 1
    Catherine Loker, Hassell (Sydney, NSW)
  • 12.20 pm Presentation 2
    Stig Vesterager Gothelf, 3XN (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • 12.40 pm Presentation 3
    Isabelle Mansour, Mott MacDonald (Sydney, NSW)
  • 1.00 pm Dissection
    An hour-long panel discussion with Catherine Loker, Stig Vesterager Gothelf and Isabelle Mansour.
    Moderator: Sophie Patitsas, Office of the Victorian Government Architect
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  • CPD Questions – Hospitals of the Future: Designing for Innovative Healthcare


Catherine Loker

Principal, Hassell

Catherine is a successful architect with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. She has a solid background in large, complex projects for both public and private clients across a range of sectors, including health, commercial, education, defence and aviation projects. Many of these projects required strategic analysis and resolution of complex and often competing needs of users, staff and servicing.

Before joining Hassell in the Sydney Studio, Catherine was a director at HDR and during that time worked closely with the health team in seeking and delivering some of Australasia’s largest projects.

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Stig Vesterager Gothelf

Senior Partner, Head of Design, 3XN

Stig Vesterager Gothelf, graduated from Aarhus School of Architecture in 2000 and joined 3XN in 2007. He is one of the driving forces behind the studio’s competition department and his ability to run complex design projects has led to numerous competition wins such as the Duale Hochschule in Stuttgart, a building for the Mälardalen University Eskilstuna campus and an extension of the University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, in Copenhagen.

Stig was the lead designer in the competition for a new 58,000 m2 children’s hospital – a project that he is now developing as the partner in charge. Stig is an experienced architect with a strong skillset in site analysis, concept development, technical design, 3D modelling and visual communication. In the past few years Stig has developed an expertise in healthcare design from the University Hospital project as well as the new Children’s Hospital in Copenhagen.

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Isabelle Mansour

Principal Health Advisor, Mott MacDonald

Isabelle is principal health advisor at Mott MacDonald (MM) Australia, where she serves on the Strategic Advisory Team, specializing in clinical planning. Drawing on her educational background in nursing, and experience in Health Design, she's uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between clinical needs and health infrastructure planning. In recent years, she has played a key role in the health planning phases of several high-value hospital capital development projects in NSW.

In recent months, Isabelle has been collaborating with the MM team in the UK to research international best practices and innovative solutions in the health design field. In her capacity at MM, Isabelle provides expert guidance and strategic direction in designing and implementing health programs, policies, and initiatives that aim to improve the health outcomes of individuals and communities.

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Sophie Patitsas

Principal Adviser, Architecture and Urban Design, Office of the Victorian Government Architect

Sophie Patitsas brings significant expertise to her role as a respected advocate and adviser on urban design and architecture with the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA). She led the development of OVGA’s latest publication Good Design + Health, informed by her extensive experience in the procurement and delivery of several major health projects including the new Bendigo Hospital and Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

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