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About Us

On an exploratory trip to Honduras in February 2017, Little Angels of Honduras (LAH) founders Dr. Alejandro Young, Christian Perry and Katie Castro deconstructed the challenges of caregiving for premature, critically ill newborns in Honduras with RIT Assistant Professor Mary Golden. In addition to the known spatial constraints of Hospital Escuela key areas impacting accessible medical care were identified including transportation, equipment and Skin-to-Skin care practices.

RIT faculty and students from design (interior, industrial, graphic) and engineering (electrical, mechanical, biomedical) began working together in a multidisciplinary collaboration, led by Professor Golden, to innovate solutions that offer better access to medical care. A growing list of corporate collaborators including Herman Miller, Autodesk and American Medical Response are providing support for the academic explorations and are stakeholders in the realization of project prototypes.


Mary Golden
Mary Golden M.Arch., NCIDQ

Creative Director, RIT Hope for Honduras
Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Program Director RIT Interior Design
Phone: 585-315-7080
Email: megfaa@rit.edu
Personal Website & Faculty Page
Rochester Institute of Technology
73 Lomb Memorial Drive, Booth Hall 4632 Rochester, NY 14623

Mary Golden, RIT Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Director of Interior Design, pursues research in public interest design and sustainable, interior architectural environments that serve all people through innovative material explorations and universal design strategies. Mary holds an M.Arch. from the University at Buffalo with more than 15 years of experience in practice and higher education.

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