2016 UIA-Public Health Group Annual Seminar & Global University Programs in Healthcare Architecture (GUPHA) Meeting

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2016 UIA-Public Health Group Annual Seminar & Global University Programs in Healthcare Architecture (GUPHA) Meeting
by UBRICA ONE - Thursday, 19 May 2016, 6:44 PM


Dear Colleague,

Ustawi Biomedical Research Innovation and Industrial Centers of Africa (UBRICA) joins forces with the International Union of Architects - Public Health Group (UIA-PHG), and the Global University Programs in Healthcare Architecture (GUPHA) to create a world class health care conference in Nairobi, slated for October 12 – 16, 2016. Announcement below contains the call for papers to this important landmark event in global health.


2016 UIA-Public Health Group Annual Seminar & Global University Programs in Healthcare Architecture (GUPHA) Meeting

Radisson Blu, Elgon Road, Upper Hill, Nairobi, Kenya

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, to Sunday, October 16, 2016

Call for Presentations/Papers 

Globalization of Health: Building Sustainable One-Health Communities to Conquer Grand Challenges in Global Health


The International Union of Architects Public Health Group (UIA-PHG) cordially invites you to submit an abstract for a paper or poster presentation to the 2016 UIA-PHG Annual Seminar. The theme of the seminar is “Globalization of Health: Building Sustainable One-Health Communities to Conquer Grand Challenges in Global Health.” This seminar will take place in Nairobi Kenya, in conjunction with the Ubrica Nairobi Summit and Expo.  


A Grand Challenge

A grand challenge is an ambitious but achievable goal that harnesses science, technology, and innovation to solve important problems. Some grand challenges are important problems related to energy, health, education, environment, global security, and global human development. Solutions to grand challenges expand the frontiers of human knowledge to create industries and jobs of the future. This conference addresses the question: How can we use design to address grand challenges in global health?


A Grand Challenge in Global Health

We define global health as the health of every individual in the world. The World Health Organization defined a grand challenge in global health as “a specific critical barrier that if removed would help to solve an important public health problem. Solution(s) to a grand challenge is/are highly innovative and, if implemented, is/are highly feasible and successful. A solution to a grand challenge in global health is holistic and distinctly different from the traditional practices of addressing global health problems that deal with only one disease (such as malaria, TB, HIV), or reaction to epidemics and pandemics.


A solution to grand challenges in global health must address:

·       physical features of an entity that can produce health in every individual in the world, and therefore global health. This aspect recognizes that human beings know things only by their physical features. Important questions to consider:

o   What are the physical features of the object that the term global health represents? What does global health look like to the naked eye? How can we design a physical form of global health?

o   What is the design form for harnessing creativity, energy and resources for generating knowledge about health of every individual in the world?

o   What is the role of collaboration in creating such a form to fit the function of producing global health?

This seminar intends to explore the grand challenge of discovery of a robust design for health production that can ascertain production of health of individual everywhere in the world, therefore global health. Recent work by the Fellows the Center for Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M University indicates that a sustainable design for health production in global health has four major elements:

Element 1: design for humans (human centered design)

Element 2: design for animals (animal centered design)

Element 3: design for the environment (environment centered design)

Element 4: design for economic development (economic centered design)


Research in global health has so far helped to identify economic deprivation as the single most powerful force in the emergence, spread and entrenchment of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and their attendant resulting disability, complications and death. This research indicates that economic development is by far the greatest cause of improvement in health.


The emerging design for a sustainable health of every individual is one that combines all the elements of the sustainability theory (the triple economic, environmental and social bottom lines) and all the elements of one health theory (human health, animal health, and environmental health), to create Sustainable One-Health Communities.


A sustainable One-Health Community recognizes the role of the animals, the economy and the environment in human health. Indeed, sustainable production of health in an individual is a function of a system that integrates simultaneous operation of human health, animal health, environmental health and economic health. The four modes of production of health (i.e., production of health of humans, production of health of animals, production of health of the environment, and production of health of the economy) must work together, jointly and simultaneously as one entity. To try to produce the health of one element, without the other three leads to failure, in a typical fixes-that-fail systems archetype. The four modes of health production rely on one another to operate effectively to create joint meaning of global health as a comprehensive entity in one.


A sustainable One-Health Community has an afferent (sensory) and efferent (motor) component. The afferent component gathers data about emergent health problems in the community, and transmits that data to a central analytical unit. The efferent component responds appropriately to the transmitted data. The sensory action by the by the afferent component collects data from family members through an electronic mobile device using a mobile application. The mobile device transmits point data to a data aggregation system from different communities leading to detection of disease in the community. The data analytical unit red-flags incidents and transmits them to members of clinical intervention team. The efferent component responds to the reported incident by sending a clinical intervention team to the site to investigate, treat and contain the incident condition.


Overarching question: How do we, as planners, urban designers, architects, interior designers, engineers, health and other related professionals, fulfil the mission to build sustainable one-health communities that would ensure health of people all over the world? 




1.     This conference will address the four elements of the physical structure of a sustainable one-health community. In your presentation please explain how you address any or all the four elements of a sustainable one-health community:

a.     Element 1: design for humans (human centered design)

b.     Element 2: design for animals (animal centered design)

c.     Element 3: design for the environment (environment centered design)

d.     Element 4: design for economic development (economic centered design)


Address how your design ties all the four elements together to create a sustainable one-health community


2.     GUPHA Meeting: news updates and innovative approaches in healthcare architecture education. The GUPHA Meeting welcomes all universities in the world that teach design for health and healthcare facilities to (1) update what they are doing and (2) share their innovative approaches and teaching methods. 




The conference abstract should include:

1.     The title

2.     The topic (listed above) that it fits into

3.     Presenter(s)’s Name(s) and contact information (i.e., email and phone number)

4.     Presenter(s)’s organization(s)

5.     Project/study details, including but not limited to, introduction, description, method, analysis, results/outcomes, discussion and conclusion

Project/study details are expected not to exceed 500 words.




July 15, 2016*,  abstract submission deadline

August 15, 2016,       abstract acceptance notification

October 1, 2016*,              paper submission deadline**

* Submissions will be closed at 11:59 PM U.S. Central Time

** Selected papers will be published in the conference proceeding and the Journal of Global Health Care Systems




Please submit your abstract to the link below:

with "UIA-PHG Abstract" in the subject line






Macharia Waruingi, MD DHA

Chief Executive Officer, UBRICA

Faculty Fellow, Center for Health Systems & Design

Visiting Scholar, College of Architecture

Texas A&M University

3137 TAMU, 333 Spence St

Scoates Hall, Room 125

College Station, TX  77843

Email: macharia.waruingi@ubrica.com 

Phone: (979) 845-7009




On or before September 1, 2016: US$ 250

After September 1, 2016: US$ 350

Registration fee will cover lunches, passes for the UIA-PHG + GUPHA conference and the UBRICA ONE Summit & Expo, and conference materials.

Registration is open. Click on the link below to register:







The UIA-PHG is one of the working bodies of the UIA, the Union International des Architects or International Union of Architects. It was founded in1955 and represents members and guests from all continents and a growing participation from over 60 countries. Within the context of the UIA philosophy, it is the vision of the UIA-PHG that world public health can profit by the dedication of architects to provide efficient, safe and aesthetic health care buildings and an environment that can contribute to a more rapid healing of the patients as well as an improvement in staff operations and satisfaction. To accomplish this vision, the UIA-PHG shares its knowledge and experience not only within the group but also with other architects, engineers and consultants, health care managers and providers, health care organizations and governments, as well as to the general public. It should also initiate research projects that contribute to better health care buildings and environments. The Director of UIA-PHG is Adjunct Professor Warren Kerr (w.kerr@hamessharley.com.au) based in Perth, Western Australia.  




The Global University Program in Healthcare Architecture (GUPHA) is a subgroup of UIA-PHG. It is dedicated to promoting international exchange, collaboration and knowledge dissemination between educators involved in teaching and research, along with UIA member practitioners and representatives of academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental agencies with an interest in architectural education and academic research in the area of healthcare architecture. Since founded in 2000, GUPHA has grown to include 25 member institutions. The Chair of GUPHA is Professor David Allison (adavid@clemson.edu) from Clemson University, in the United States of America.


Ustawi Biomedical Research Innovation and Industrial Centers of Africa (UBRICA)


Ustawi Biomedical Research Innovation and Industrial Centers of Africa (UBRICA) is a life science and health care company (LSHC). It sponsors investments in life science comprising pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and health care comprising clinics and hospitals in the frontier market. In addition, UBRICA sponsors investments in specialized real estate for life science and health care. The primary focus is African countries. UBRICA is keen on in building Sustainable One Health Communities ("SOHCs"), designed to overcome the grand challenge of global health. UBRICA’s SOHCs are rooted in the conception that economic development is the most powerful means of health production, by integrating the production of human health, animal health and environmental health. At the root of economic health production is industrial development in life science, to support sustainable research, education, translation and commercialization of innovations in health.   


Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi is Kenya’s bustling capital city, often used as a jumping-off point for safari trips. In addition to its urban core, the city has Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve known for breeding endangered black rhinos and home to giraffes, zebras and lions.