Building Better Medical Care

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his summer School of Architecture faculty members Jan Hochstim, Adam Krantz, and Ari Millas accompanied eight of Professor Hochstim’s students to the remote mountain village of Coya, Peru, to assist a nonprofit medical clinic in designing a much-needed renovation and expansion.

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School of Architecture faculty and staff with healthcare workers at the Kausay Wasi clinic.

In the summer of 2010, School of Architecture faculty members Jan Hochstim, Adam Krantz, and Ari Millas accompanied eight of Professor Hochstim’s students to the remote mountain village of Coya, Peru, to assist a nonprofit medical clinic in designing a much-needed renovation and expansion. The journey came about through a chance meeting between Professor Hochstim and Attorney Skip Pita, son-in-law of the clinic’s founders. Guido and Sandy del Prado are founders and operators of the Kausay Wasi (House of Healing) clinic. Guido is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer and former Peace Corps director, and Sandy is a former Peace Corps volunteer and USAID health project officer.

Kausay Wasi has served more than 100,000 impoverished farmers and residents of the Inca valley and beyond since its opening in Coya, which is 9,000 feet above sea level, in 2005. Offering free services seven days a week, with no one ever turned away, the clinic sponsors teams of volunteer doctors and nurses who visit from all over the world to provide care.

Hochstim met the del Prados just as they were planning to embark on a major expansion and restoration of clinic facilities. He suggested that his summer studio students could be assigned to produce design studies for the clinic’s building needs.  Hochstim led his upper-level studio to Coya for one week to document the site and existing building, and to develop a program with the assistance of clinic staff. In addition, the students had the opportunity to visit Cuzco and Machu Pichu, a 45-minute train ride away through the Inca Valley.

Upon the group’s return to Miami, the students produced a variety of designs. In July, the del Prados visited the School of Architecture to view the students’ work. Design proposals included clinic renovations and additions as well as a totally new building on the site of an abandoned school near the clinic. School of Architecture faculty and students are looking forward to the clinic founders’ decision regarding which proposal to pursue.

Hochstim’s and Krantz’s students are ready to continue their rewarding association with the del Prados and Kausay Wasi. Others can assist as well. Learn more about the clinic and its needs through Jan Hochstim at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit the clinic’s website at http://www.kausaywasi.org.


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