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Architecture lecturer named HeathCare Design Magazine Educator of the Year

Thu, 01/24/2013

LAWRENCE — HealthCare Design magazine has named Frank Zilm, the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning's Chester Dean Lecturer, as its Heathcare Design Educator of the Year.

Zilm received the honor earlier this month as a member of the HDC 10, a list that honors individuals who work in different sectors of the heath care design field. The editors of the magazine chose the group based on nominations they received last fall.Frank Zilm

"It takes a full team of people— from researchers and educators to architects and construction experts—to move forward the creation of health care facilities that make a genuine difference in the lives of their patients and staff," says Kristin Zeit, editor-in-chief of Healthcare Design.

"We wanted to recognize and celebrate individuals in a variety of positions for their contributions to the bigger picture of health care design," she said. 


Zilm graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from KU in 1971. After receiving his doctorate in architecture from the University of Michigan in 1975, he served as the KU Medical Center’s director of facilities planning in the late 1970s.

He served as the director of the school’s graduate program in management from 1986 to 1991. Between 1991 and 2006 he was an adjunct professor and became the Department of Architecture’s Chester Dean Lecturer in 2008. 

Four years ago Zilm and Kent Spreckelmeyer, professor of architecture, established the Architecture Department’s Health and Wellness Program. It specializes in health care design and planning. A key element of the curriculum is a seven-month internship in a health care architecture firm. Sixty-five architecture students have worked in 35 firms since the program began.

“Our program is based on a strong integration of academia and the practice community.  We have a core of over 20 architects and planners across the country that contribute time, knowledge and support to our students,” said Zilm.    

Under his direction, two teams of Health and Wellness Program students were finalists in the 2012 Nurture Collegiate Healthcare Design Competition, co-sponsored by Healthcare Design magazine and Steelcase Inc.

Since 1984 Zilm has also been president of his own health care design consultancy, Frank Zilm & Associates. The Kansas City, Mo., firm specializes in facility master planning, operations analysis and design concepts. He has led well over 200 projects, most recently for Stanford Hospital & Clinics in Palo Alto and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.

Zilm recently completed writing and editing a book on health care planning and design that will be used by future classes. This spring he will also be co-directing a continuing education course on emergency department planning and design being offered jointly by the Harvard College of Medicine and Harvard Graduate School of Design.

“I feel very fortunate to be doing something I love,” said Zilm. “Over the last four years KU’s Department of Architecture’s Health and Wellness program has established itself as an innovative graduate program. Specialty architectural education is still a controversial issue at many schools.  The willingness of KU to encourage this initiative has been a key to our success.”



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Ashlie Koehn, a University of Kansas junior from Burns studying in Kyrgyzstan, interrupted helping her host family prepare dinner to make a Skype call on Monday evening.

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Wanna Skype? Chancellor gets creative to surprise Truman winner From KU News Service: http://bit.ly/1awodaa Ashlie Koehn, a University of Kansas junior from Burns studying in Kyrgyzstan, interrupted helping her host family prepare dinner to make a Skype call on Monday evening. To her surprise, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little was on the other end of the call letting Koehn know she had been named a 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Koehn is the 18th KU student to be named a Truman Scholar and the only 2015 recipient from the state of Kansas. Earlier this month, she was also named a 2015 Udall Scholar. And in spite of a distance of more than 10,800 kilometers and 11 time zones, Koehn’s thrill from hearing the news from the chancellor came through loud and clear. “Ashlie’s experience at KU epitomizes a quality undergraduate experience. She challenged herself in her coursework, exposed herself to different research opportunities, studied abroad in Germany, Switzerland and Kyrgyzstan, and participated in both student government and community service projects,” Gray-Little said. “This is quite a year for Ashlie. Her hard work is a wonderful reflection on her and also a great reflection on the university, and we all congratulate her.” Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Koehn, a member of KU’s nationally recognized University Honors Program, is majoring in environmental studies, economics and international studies. Her goal after earning her KU degree is to pursue a master’s degree in economics at either the London School of Economics or the University of Reading, with a focus on the economics of climate change. In 2014, she received KU’s Newman Civic Engagement Award for her work establishing the Coalition against Slavery and Trafficking. Her involvement with the issue was sparked by Hannah Britton, associate professor of political science and women, gender, and sexuality studies, who hosted national conference on contemporary slavery at KU three years ago. “Ashlie and I met several times to think about what KU students could contribute to the issue of slavery and human trafficking, and the result was her founding of KU CAST,” Britton said. “After a year as president, Ashlie successfully handed the organization over to the next student leader. She demonstrated her strong leadership qualities by setting a unique goal and then pursuing it with her sense of passion, engagement and dedication. No matter the country or context, her leadership strength is evident in her coursework, her public service and her work experiences.” The University Honors Program works with a campus committee to select KU’s nominees for the Truman Scholarship and supports them during the application process. Anne Wallen, assistant director of national fellowships and scholarships, noted it was an amazing ruse to pull off the surprise. Originally, the call was set up to be between Wallen and Koehn. “I was totally not prepared to be greeted by Chancellor Gray-Little, but it was an amazing surprise for sure,” Koehn said. “As a first-generation student, it took time to learn the collegiate system, but my parents taught me to be resourceful and independent from a young age and KU and the Kansas Air National Guard have provided me with the opportunities to drive me into the future, both at graduate school and in my career. I plan to use the Truman Scholarship to pursue a career as an environmental economist helping to shape future trade agreements and leverage action on important international environmental issues, particularly concerning climate change.” Koehn also had a surprise of her own for the chancellor — the meal she was helping to prepare was not exactly typical Kansas dinner fare. On the menu with her host family in Kyrgyzstan on Monday was a traditional Kyrgyz meal called Beshbarmak, or “five fingers,” because you eat it with your hands. The dish is made of horse and sheep and was being prepared as a birthday celebration for Koehn’s host mom. Chancellor Gray-Little, as she signed off from Skype, made sure to encourage Koehn to enjoy her Beshbarmak. Koehn is the daughter of Rodney and Carolyn Koehn of Burns. She graduated from Fredric Remington High School in Moundridge. She is an active member of the Kansas Air National Guard and currently on leave while studying abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is a member of the KU Global Scholars Program and a past member of the Student Senate. In addition to being named a 2015 Truman and Udall scholar, she was named a 2014 Boren Scholar and Gilman Scholar and in 2013 was named the Kansas Air National Guard Airman of the Year.


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