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Affinity mapping: harnessing the wisdom of the crowd

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Last July we held a large-scale affinity mapping charrette as a way of gathering data about people’s day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. The affinity map proved to be a very effective tool for aggregating the collective wisdom of the crowd.

Collective intelligence in the digital realm is an idea that’s gained more traction in the past couple of years. Think of the crowdsourcing used to build the Linux operating system or Google’s search algorithms. What makes affinity mapping unique is its use as an analog tool to document collective intelligence. Even better, it creates a physical representation of the group’s collective thinking: the Post-It diagram.

The process of creating that physical artifact ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch Launches Lens

Monday, 14 November 2016

Specialized consulting studio focuses on change management for healthcare organizations

R_140822_N37_mediumBOSTON – November 14, 2016 - Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, announced today that it has launched Lens, a consulting studio focused on helping healthcare organizations develop new business strategies by reinventing three critical elements of the experience: the way people interact, the services delivered, and the systems that support care delivery. Lens will be led by Principal Strategist Lauren Janney, EDAC, who has spent the past decade dedicated to improving ...[more]

Designing for behavioral health care in the ED

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Building Design+Construction - Dec 2015Behavioral health and opioid abuse cases are on the rise around the country, and emergency departments have to be prepared to handle the influx. How can smart design help hospitals segregate and staff EDs to handle this growing patient population?

Building Design+Construction magazine highlights Shepley Bulfinch’s design approach for a community hospital in eastern Connecticut in its “Smart Solutions” feature in the magazine’s December issue. For Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, Connecticut, Shepley Bulfinch’s ED layout allows for quick and flexible modification to create a five-room behavioral health component with a ...[more]

Urban mixed-use complex takes home honors

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Latitude, the mixed-use residential project designed by Shepley Bulfinch for CA Ventures and the Argent Group in Lincoln, Nebraska, was honored by the Downtown Lincoln Association (DLA) at its annual meeting in October, taking home the association’s 2015 Residential Development Innovation Award. The DLA Impact Awards recognize businesses or individuals that have made a significant contribution to downtown Lincoln.

Latitude infuses Lincoln’s downtown with new life, filling an unmet demand for quality housing and transforming a vacant block near the University of Nebraska campus into a residential complex that supports a dynamic young population.

CA Ventures, Argent, and Shepley Bulfinch worked closely with city officials on the redevelopment of this underutilized parcel, ...[more]

Transforming medical education and healthcare delivery for Africa

Monday, 5 October 2015

View of campus - detailIn the tranquil, majestic landscape of rural northern Rwanda, an ambitious vision is beginning to take shape that promises to transform medical education, research, and treatment in resource-poor settings.

Design is now underway for the first phase of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) campus in Butaro, giving form to the vision that Paul Farmer and Partners In Health have advanced for three decades. Building on that experience and leveraging the unique expertise of Rwanda’s health sector, UGHE will train the next generation of global health leaders from ...[more]

Defining the problem, crafting solutions

18 September 2015

AIA Women's Leadership Summit, Seattle, WA

Carole Wedge, FAIA, President, Shepley Bulfinch
Rosa Sheng, AIA, Founder and Chair, Equity By Design
Justine Clark, Architecture editor, writer, and critic

Transforming rehabilitation medicine and education in Haiti

14 November 2011

Healthcare Design 2011, Nashville, TN

Jay Verspyck AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
Koji Nakashima MD, Partners In Health
Andree LeRoy MD, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

One step closer: Construction start for Haitian rehabilitation hospital, education center

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Two months before the second anniversary of Haiti’s devastating January 2010 earthquake, the vision of a dignified and productive life for Haitians living with disabilities reached a major milestone this week as construction began on the Center for Rehabilitation and Excellence in St. Marc.

When it opens next year, the 6700 sf facility will transform immediate and long-term delivery of rehabilitation services in central Haiti while dignifying and normalizing the daily lives of people living with disabilities. The center will establish new national standards for rehabilitative care in ...[more]