Meet Our Speaker

Vivian Lo
Vivian Lo

M.Arch., Hon.B.Sc., MRAIC, IDC, AIC, CAPS
Technical Specialist, Ministry of Long-Term Care
Director & Special Projects Editor, The Right Angle Journal
Vice-President, Colour Research Society of Canada

Putting a Healthcare Design Lens on  Planning and Designing Residential Projects

Due to changes in nature of economic forces, advanced technology and people’s lifestyle, the healthcare landscape is no longer as monolithic as before. The boundary of healthcare delivery is expanding and becoming blurred in society since the Millennium. Visiting, staying, and receiving treatments in healthcare facilities are no longer the only few options for people to cope with illness – Aging at home and home care are some of the popular trends.

This seminar will give a brief overview on the basic design principles used in healthcare facilities design. It does not matter the project scale and type – ranging from adding a barrier-free walkway or ramp to upgrading a HVAC system and renovating a washroom or house, some of these design principles are also applicable in designing for residential projects.

Vivian Lo, has over 20 years of progressive media, healthcare, and architectural design experience which comprises working at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for nearly 10 years specializing in developing Canadian healthcare facilities design and standards, including hospitals, community health centres, family health team clinics, and long-term care homes. She has been a member of several steering committees for healthcare facilities design since 2007; committee member of the Ontario Association of Architects, the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario, and the Canada Green Building Council; as well as conference committee of 2013 International Union of Architects Public Health Group Congress and Design, Health World Congress in 2014, and International Colour Association Interim Meeting in 2022. Vivian received University of Toronto Arbor Award in 2018 for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students for over a decade.

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