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Celebrated Architect Michael Graves to Keynote HEALTHCARE DESIGN.09 Conference
Date:4/29/2009

Renowned architect and product designer to open industry's best-attended and most respected conference on evidence-based design for healthcare in Orlando, Florida, October 31 - November 3, 2009.

NEW YORK, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Vendome Group, publishers of HEALTHCARE DESIGN magazine, and The Center for Health Design (CHD), a nonprofit research, education, and advocacy organization, today announced that architect Michael Graves will be the opening keynote speaker at the HEALTHCARE DESIGN.09 conference.

HEALTHCARE DESIGN provides educational opportunities and forums for those who design, build, and renovate healthcare facilities. It is the largest and most comprehensive educational conference of its kind, and was attended by more than 3,500 people in 2008.

Mr. Graves, FAIA, who has been in the forefront of architecture and design since he founded his practice in 1964, has been credited with broadening the role of the architect in society and raising public interest in good design as essential to the quality of everyday life, most commonly recognized through his designs for domestic products that are sold at Target stores throughout the United States. A native of Indianapolis, he received his architectural training at the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University. In 1960, he won the Rome Prize and studied at the American Academy in Rome, of which he is now a Trustee. In 1962, Graves began a nearly 40-year teaching career at Princeton University, where he is now the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus. He has received 12 honorary doctorates and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. His practice has evolved into two firms: Michael Graves & Associates, which provides architecture, master planning, and interior design services, and has designed over 350 buildings worldwide, and Michael Graves Design Group, which specializes in product and graphic design, as well as branding services.

In 2003, a sudden illness left him paralyzed from the waist down. Now confined to a wheelchair, Graves' designs continue to combine simple utility, functional innovation, and formal beauty with his now deeper understanding of the importance of accessibility and patient-centered design in the healthcare sector. Five years after the illness that changed him forever, Graves and his team are hard at work on many healthcare design projects, including a line of home healthcare products that fuse one-dimensional medical utility with style, multifunctional elegance, and beauty.

"We are delighted and honored to have someone of Michael Graves' stature to keynote this event," says Debra Levin, President and CEO of The Center. "Michael's stated design philosophy -- that healthcare settings need to serve those who work and receive care in them -- is very much in alignment with The Center's mission to transform healthcare environments through design research. We look forward to what we know will be an engaging, dynamic, not-to-be-missed keynote presentation that will set the tone for the rest of the event."

"Michael Graves' participation in this year's HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference shows the importance that we, as well as our partners at CHD, AIA AAH, and ASID place on this event, and our commitment to ensuring that we continually search for those people that are not only promoting, but improving, the healing environment," says Eric Woods, Vice-President and Managing Director of Vendome Group. "Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and insight, setting the stage for what will be not only the best HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference to date, but the most significant design conference this year."

In addition to HEALTHCARE DESIGN, Vendome Group and The Center produce Environments for Aging, a conference designed to educate architects, designers, builders, owners, and government agencies on the planning and design of next-generation, elder-friendly environments, and X3 Summit, a unique event that focuses on the fusion of technology, clinical care, and facility design, and explores how to financially maximize their interaction.

Those interested in learning more about HEALTHCARE DESIGN.09, and how they can be a part of this illustrious event can visit the HEALTHCARE DESIGN Web site at www.hcd09.com.

About Vendome Group, LLC

Founded in July 2004, Vendome Group is led by seasoned publishing executives with the passion and drive to achieve Vendome's mission of serving as one of the most trusted sources of information for business executives and professionals in the healthcare, real estate, chemical, and construction industries. Vendome provides critical information products designed to improve the efficiency and productivity of its business and professional customers. This information is disseminated in print and online products, including magazines, conferences and seminars, newsletters, databases, webinars, and research reports. Vendome Group is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Cleveland, Dallas, and New Hampshire.

www.vendomegrp.com.

About The Center for Health Design

The Center for Health Design (CHD), formed in 1993, is a nonprofit research and advocacy organization of forward-thinking healthcare, elder care, design, and construction professionals and product manufacturers who are leading the quest to improve the quality of healthcare facilities and create new environments for healthy aging. Its voluntary board of directors guides the work of paid staff that manages and directs the organization's research, education, outreach, and advocacy efforts. For more information, visit www.healthdesign.org.

About Michael Graves & Associates and Michael Graves Design GroupMichael Graves and his design firms have received nearly 200 awards for design excellence. In 2001, the American Institute of Architects awarded Michael Graves its Gold Medal, the highest award bestowed upon an individual. He also received the 1999 National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton and the 2001 Frank Annunzio Award from the Christopher Columbus Society, a prestigious award sanctioned by the U.S. Congress in recognition of broad contributions to society. In 2007, Michael Graves received the Courage Award from the National Courage Center and the Health and Design Award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America, both awards recognized his outstanding contributions on behalf of people with disabilities, as well as his leadership and innovation in the creation of quality medical devices, He received the inaugural Russel Wright Award for product design and, in recognition of his distinguished teaching career, the William Howard Taft Medal from the University of Cincinnati and the Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal.

    Vendome Group Headquarters
    149 5th Avenue, 10th floor
    New York City, New York 10010
    Tel: 1-800-519-3692, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday

    The Center for Health Design Headquarters
    1850 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 1083
    Concord, CA 94520
    Tel: 925-521-9404, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday

    Michael Graves & Associates
    Michael Graves Design Group
    341 Nassau Street
    Princeton, New Jersey 08540
    Tel: 609-924-6409, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday


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