Kate Sellen

Dr Kate Sellen is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCADU and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair nominee. She leads the Healthcare and Resilient Experience Research Group at OCAD U. She is also Director of the Health Design Master’s Program. At OCADU she has served on several program committees, as well as university wide committees and initiatives, and several hiring committees. Kate spent her early career as an interaction designer leading design research, digital strategy, and interaction design in the private sector.

IIDEX, the annual architecture and interior design show

Doreen Balabanoff will be speaking at IIDEX on November 30 at 11:00 am about colour and light and healthcare design.

Design for Health Open House

Design for Health Poster
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W., Room 303

Kate Sellen

"My research broadly addresses design thinking and human factors for challenges in healthcare with a focus on resilience and creativity in innovation for safety critical and distributed healthcare. My research aligns with healthcare system goals of enhancing the efficient delivery of healthcare, preventing iatrogenic events, and assisting patients and home caregivers to effectively manage home care.

Julian Goss

Julian Goss is a tenured professor of Industrial Design at OCAD University. Since 2011 he has also worked at the Innovation Technology and Design (ITD) Lab at Baycrest, becoming the first designer-in-residence at a Canadian hospital. He currently works with the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation.



Illustration of a group of people sitting in a lounge space.
Friday, March 9, 2012 - 5:00am

The Waiting room of 2020 is place of comfort and assurance. It is a worry-free and welcoming environment for patients and health-care professionals. 

When you enter the space, you are greeted by a nurse who helps you check-in and recalls your health records by scanning your microchip implant in your arm. Your records appear on their tablet and they make notes of the reason for your visit. They then direct you to a living-room-like waiting area where you can choose between open seating or enclosed private seating. The chair you sit in measures your vital signs which is displayed and sent to your digital health record. 

The calming and homey waiting space is naturally lit by large windows with views of nature. Patients can access a garden while waiting and still retaining their place in order. 

Entertainment is available at arms length, it is built into your seat like a passenger seat on an airplane. You can watch your favourite movies or learn about health though the touch screen while you wait. The screen also displays your approximate waiting time and keeps you informed of any changes. The open seating area is lounge-like and patients are encouraged to socialize and support each other. 

During waiting, you may become hungry and a selection of healthy food is available on site. When the doctor is ready to see you, the nurse comes to greet with a smile and walks you to the doctor. 

The future waiting space is a healing space that reduces patient anxiety and promotes well-being.