2015 UIA-PHG Student Competition

To develop a mobile unit that can facilitate the swift diagnosis, isolation and treatment of patients with Ebola or other communicable diseases, and safely transport infected patients to facilities that are able to provide appropriate care.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Award, Students, Single-Stage , Anonymous
Genre Medical-Facility, Temporary-Structure
Country China
RegDeadline 20 April 2015 GoogleCal iCal
20 April 2015 (via Online)
Eligibility Full-time college students at the undergraduate, graduate or doctoral levels
Target Field Project before graduation

Globalization and fast transportation networks have brought people living closer to each other but also created unpredictable public health threats from time to time. An unknown disease or virus that was originally contained in isolated areas can affect any corner in the world within just a few days. In the past several months, the world has witnessed the exponential spread of the Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organization reported that the number of Ebola cases were 9,936 with 4,877 deaths as of October 22, 2014. The same situation happened 11 years ago when SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) infected 8,273 individuals in 37 countries with 775 deaths. To fight against Ebola, SARS and other communicable disease epidemics, health organizations should act quickly to identify, diagnose, isolate and treat patients. However, this may be impossible in many regions, especially in developing countries or remote areas, due to the lack of quality healthcare resource. Therefore, a flexible, effective and affordable measure is needed to provide swift response to communicable disease epidemics.
This competition is to seek innovative approaches that help curb the outbreak of communicable disease epidemics, increase people’s awareness of global impacts of ongoing or potential public health threats, and to encourage more students to be interested and engaged in health-related design.

Xiqiu Huang, Ph.D., UIA-PHG Executive Member, China
Henning Lensch, Dipl.-Ing, UIA-PHG Co-Executive Member, Germany
George J. Mann, AIA, UIA-PHG Executive Member, USA, Past Director, UIA-PHG, Former Chair, GUPHA
Yasushi Nagasawa, Dr.Eng., JIA, UIA-PHG Executive Member, Japan, Past Secretary General, GUPHA
Zeyad Al Swaidan, Ph.D., UIA-PHG Executive Member, Saudi Arabia
Fani Vavili-Tsinika, Ph.D., UIA-PHG Executive Member, Greece
Macharia Waruingi, MD, DHA, UIA-PHG Executive Member, Africa
Technical Adviser to the Jury:
Mark T. Munroe, Senior Director, Mobile Solutions, Healthcare Group, STERIS Corporation, USA
Technical Adviser/Coordinator:
Zhipeng Lu, Ph.D., Acting Chair, 2015 GUPHA Meeting

First Prize: USD $8,000, before tax
Second Prize: USD $5,000, before tax
Third Prize: USD $3,000, before tax
Fourth Prize: USD $2,000, before tax
Fifth Prize: USD $1,500, before tax
Honorable Mentions (up to 10 teams): USD $750, before tax

Entry Fee

59.4 cm X 84.1 cm (A1)

Winning projects will be displayed on the 2015 UIA-PHG Annual Seminar to be held on May 23-25, 2015, at the World Expo Center, Dalian, China.

International Union of Architects-Public Health Group (UIA-PHG), Global University Program in Healthcare Architecture (GUPHA), China Hospital Build Exhibition & Congress (CHBEC)

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