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When architecture meets health care: Designing better ICUs for pediatrics

adult hand holds baby's feet

Designing an intensive care units for newborns and children can prove daunting for health care clinicians, who generally lack experience with architectural concepts. A new book by a Texas A&M University architecture scholar is filling that void.

“Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care,” authored by Professor Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, includes essays from prominent voices in the field, ranging from inspired young architects and researchers to world-renowned healthcare design and research icons.

It also features illustrations of work identified as exemplary or as representative of new design approaches, which will help those project planners to identify and examine precedents.

Holder of the William Peña Endowed Professorship in Information Management at Texas A&M, Shepley was named in 2010 among the 25 most influential people in healthcare design by Healthcare Design magazine’s editorial board and staff and the publishing staff at the Center for Health Design.