Dr. Trelease is adjunct professor and past director of the Division of Integrative Anatomy, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). A member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, he has also been associate director of the Instructional Design and Technology Unit, which created and administers the educational Web resources for the medical school curriculum. His current research activities include artificial intelligence applied to multilevel modeling of biological systems, anatomical informatics, visualization, and virtual reality. Dr. Trelease has also been a consultant to government, universities, research organizations, and corporations since 1983.
Anatomy meets architecture: Designing new laboratories for new anatomists
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2006
Copyright © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
The Anatomical Record Part B: The New Anatomist
Volume 289B, Issue 6, pages 241–251, November 2006
How to Cite
Trelease, R. B. (2006), Anatomy meets architecture: Designing new laboratories for new anatomists. Anat. Rec., 289B: 241–251. doi: 10.1002/ar.b.20118
- Issue published online: 15 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 15 NOV 2006
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General notions of architecture are familiar to anatomists, and they frequently use the word in describing the functional structures of cells, tissues, and whole organisms. Beyond concepts relating to orderly structure, anatomists infrequently encounter the profession of architecture and practicing architects. Significantly, anatomists can work with architects in the design and building of laboratories and classrooms, efforts that can have sustained effects on the practice of anatomy. In this paper, we consider cooperative interactions between anatomists and architects in designing new laboratories that accommodate educational innovations and increasingly valuable dissection resources. We begin by introducing architecture and architects in their roles in design and building. We next consider essential features and technologies for new laboratories that support a combination of classical dissection, prosection, models, and computer-based information. Different working conditions are reviewed for designing renovations of existing facilities, long-term planning for new, same-institution buildings, and extramural planning and construction for new medical schools. Whatever the project, anatomists work with architects in repeated interactive planning meetings that arrive at working laboratory designs by a process similar to successive approximation. In consulting on designs for extramural institutions, anatomists must balance client administration and faculty needs with objective oversight of practice-side design features, constraints, and capacity for innovative uses with new curricula. Architects are the key agents in producing laboratories designed for flexible and innovative anatomical education, although client-favored models for Internet-based technology can limit future use of cadavers in multiyear teaching of medical and health sciences students. Anat Rec (Part B: New Anat) 289B:241–251, 2006. © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.