26 Nov 2018 | 15:00 - 15:45 | Do Buildings Protect Us?
Dr. Stephanie Taylor received her MD from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts in 1984. For the next several decades, she practiced clinical medicine and did academic research in cellular growth mechanisms.
During this time, she became increasingly concerned about the patients who were harmed by medical errors and new infections during their in-patient treatment. Determined to gain a better understanding of the impact of the built environment on patient wellbeing, she returned to school and obtained her Master's Degree in Architecture from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.
After working for several years in a healthcare design architecture firm, she founded Taylor Healthcare Consulting, Inc., in order to focus on designing, building and maintaining hospitals and other commercial buildings for optimal occupant safety.
Dr. Taylor is currently working on projects that overlay design and engineering schematics, the microbiome of the built environment and data on occupant health to identify design and indoor air management that relate to acute and chronic health conditions.
Dr. Taylor has designed hospitals globally, from the United States to Papua New Guinea to Vietnam. In addition to her Taylor Healthcare Consulting work, she is a member of the Harvard Medical School Incite Health Fellowship. This program brings together multidisciplinary teams from across the US, trains them in design thinking and entrepreneurship, and gives them the tools and resources to guide the future of primary care.
To communicate her work and understanding about the fascinating convergence of human health, microbiology and architecture, Dr. Taylor writes a monthly column and bi-annual feature articles for Engineered Systems Magazine and healthcare journals. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE, an active member of ASHE and other associations that develop building codes.