Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Basics of healthcare design, levels of care, types of care, patient and family centered care, integrated care. Medical terminology, service flows, understanding of functional programming, clinical planning, and resiliency of systems. Definitions of wellbeing and relationship between health and wellbeing. Concepts of environmental health and how the built environment affects health. Legislation, norms, standards, universal design, evidence based design, age friendly design, sensory approaches to design.

Interdisciplinary group work, presentation skills, pitching, mindfulness, design review skills, self-assessment, professional competency and skillbuilding, research.



Credits: 12

Schedule: 09.09.2020 - 09.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Laura Arpiainen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Laura Arpiainen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This studio is run as a student centered, participatory and collaborative learning experience. Annually changing topics range from e.g. acute and inpatient care and specialist services to outpatient facilities, community health, assisted living, palliative care, rehabilitation and residential care, urban health, environmental health and therapeutic landscapes. Clinical planning, service planning and functional programming are discussed. Some entrepreneurial aspects are included in instruction. Studio topics can be customized to each student’s specific interest, background or approach. Working in pairs or teams is possible, also in cross-disciplinary teams (e.g. ARK / MAR / SCI / INT / CS). 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Evaluation is holistic and performance based including attendance, participation, and personal progress rather than purely evaluating design outcomes. Positive criticism and supportive, future focused commentary are used as tools for professional skill building. This class is based on an environment of growth rather than criticism and participants all partake in assessing the progress of the studio. The student, the collective and the instructor are all learners. A significant part of the learning experience is self-assessment and students end the studio with a one-on-one meeting with the professor to discuss their individual  performance, feedback and grading after final presentations.


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This studio includes a full design studio workload. The lecture course in Health and Wellbeing Architecture is a mandatory requirement, to be taken concurrently with this course. Attendance in all sessions is mandatory.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures and design studio assignment

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Bachelor's degree in architecture or a related field (e.g. ladscape architecture, interior architecture, or an engineering discipline). Students who do not meet the pre-requisites may still be admitted by discretion of the professor, however a bachelor's degree is mandatory. Please inquire prior to applying. Ability to work in a design studio environment is necessary, prior studio courses are an asset. Welcome to study healthcare!

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    17 Partnerships for the Goals