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Design as Scholarship
Equity & Dignity by Design:
Co-creating Guidelines with Planned Parenthood Affiliate Health Centers
Deborah Richards & Angela M. Person
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Recognizing the importance of well-designed spaces in ensuring a high standard of patient care for their 2.4 million patients, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) partnered, in 2020, with architect Deborah Richards, principal of Oklahoma-based firm Script Architecture, to develop design guidelines for Planned Parenthood (PP) affiliates across the country. The resulting design guidelines are organized around four key evidence-based principles: Wellness & Healing, Equity & Dignity, Operational Efficiency, and Resiliency. This essay discusses the process PPFA and the designers used to co-create these healthcare center guidelines and shares visual examples of these design guidelines, including two Planned Parenthood precedent facilities, one in Oklahoma City and one in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Read the full article at Taylor & Francis.