Guilherme Coelho is a senior consultant architect, specialising in the planning and design of healthcare facilities. With more than 18 years of professional experience, he has worked on several projects with humanitarian medical organizations, academic institutions, and private and government sector. His professional background includes works on planning and design of medical buildings in resource-limited settings, support to the definition of the operational strategy for the implementation of medical programs with infrastructure component and the development of architectural guidelines and technical documents.
Mr Coelho has contributed to projects in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, South and Central America, including the implementation of HIV program in Mozambique, obstetrics emergencies in Haiti, TB projects in South Africa and Lesotho, among others. He gained extensive experience in fragile and conflict-affected settings, where he supported the implementation of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and International Committee of the Red Cross projects in countries such as Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and Afghanistan. Recently, as an associate of the MSF Sweden Innovation Unit, Mr Coelho coordinated the development of guidelines intended to optimise the built environment of healthcare facilities to enhance Infection Prevention and Control Measures. He also has expertise in feasibility studies and in the assessment of healthcare facilities, providing as outcome informed design solutions to improve the building overall functionality and to achieve the medical program objectives adapted to the specific context.
His academic background includes a bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in architecture, and he is currently completing his doctorate at the Department of Design of Hospitals and Healthcare Buildings at Technische Universität Berlin. Since 2017, he is teaching at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, working in different tasks, which includes the development of a framework to teach architects and students to provide design recommendations to enhance the functionality of the built environment of medical facilities. Mr Coelho major research subjects are architectural projects of mother and child services, and the relationship between the built environment and Infection Prevention and Control.
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