The event, organised by Grupo Via, took place on Wednesday 3rd October in Steelcase’s Worklife. More than 100 professionals from the sector attended the ninth edition of the forum on architecture and health management. The General Directorate of Health Infrastructure of the Community of Madrid, Fraternidad-Muprespa, Hospital Santos Reyes de Aranda de Duero and the architecture studios Parra-Müller Arquitectura de Maternidades, Pardo+Tapia Architects, Chile 15 Architects, PMMT and Aidhos also participated.


Alejo Joaquín Miranda de Larra Arnaiz, Director General of Health Infrastructure of the Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid, inaugurated the event outlining the plan for regional investment in the field of health construction with one billion euros in reforms and health infrastructure. Complemented with another 300 million euros in primary care and 312 million euros in high-tech health equipment.

This investment seeks to update the hospital park of the Community of Madrid to continue being a state reference (6 of the 10 best hospitals in Spain are in Madrid). It also seeks to improve the already high level of satisfaction in the quality of care of the people of Madrid with spaces at the forefront and centres of reference that opt for three axes: humanization of spaces, innovation and quality health care.

In the first round table, two successful cases of the sector were analyzed, such as the new Central Hospital of Fraternidad-Muprespa in Paseo de la Habana in Madrid (the first hospital with LEED certification in Spain). Presented by Pedro Serrera, Subdirector General of Information Systems and Services of the group. On the other hand, the work in humanization of spaces of the new Oncological Day Hospital of the Santo Reyes Hospital in Aranda de Duero (Burgos), which was shared by the architect Marta Parra (Parra-Müller Maternity Architecture) and Carmelo de la Higuera, Head of Maintenance of the Santos Reyes Hospital.

The second part of the event was attended by five architectural firms that shared their latest work and philosophies in the field of health.

From Pardo+Tapia Architects, the architects Bernardo García de la Tapia and Fernando Pardo Calvo, analyzed the importance of the envelope in healthcare buildings. For our part, Àlex Guallar, one of our architects and building engineer, analysed the different works in the healthcare sector of the firm and the latest projects in dental clinics. While the architects Alberto Jorge and Jaime López (Chile 15 Architects) revealed the work of reform and expansion of the Montecelo Hospital in Pontevedra.

On behalf of PMMT, the architect and partner Patricio Martínez explained, based on the work of his office, the eight points for the revolution of hospital and socio-sanitary architecture (universal accessibility, healthy materials, parametric design, evidence-based design, hospitals towards energy self-sufficiency, TIC-Big Data, technological hospitals and humanization and user experience). Representing the office of AIDHOS, the architect Antonio Ocaña presented the work done for the expansion and reform of the Police Hospital in Lima (Peru).

The conference ended with a debate in which all the speakers took part. It was moderated by Alejandro Pociña (president of Steelcase). It addressed issues such as the great commitment to the humanization of health spaces and how changes in health care will affect the design of centers.


Source: Grupo via

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