41, Holly Harris, Architect, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD-C at SmithGroup

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On today’s episode, Cheryl interviews Holly Harris, Architect, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD-C at SmithGroup. Holly, at age 28, holds the honor of being our youngest guest on the show to date, and she shares her perspective on healthcare architecture and design in today’s world. Cheryl asks Holly the question, “Many interior design and interior architect students have been known to shy away from specializing in healthcare because they see it as unsexy and boring. What do you say to that and what would you say to them?” Holly’s answer was inspiring. She quickly responded with, “If you don’t like what you’ve experienced or have seen in the world, then you could be the one to change it.” Cheryl knew right then and there, she was speaking to a next generation leader in this industry. Holly shares her perspective on the changing face of healthcare architecture and design, and so much more on today’s episode of the podcast.

Learn more about Holly Harris and SmithGroup by visiting https://www.smithgroup.com/ or reach out to Holly directly via her LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hollymharris/

In Cheryl’s conversation with Holly Harris, they discuss:

  • What is it like to be a young 28 year old healthcare architect in today's world, and what differences in perspective does being young offer to the field?
  • How “seeing behind the curtain” in a surgery suite in a hospital opened Holly’s eyes to empathy in healthcare.
  • How did Holly end up in healthcare architecture at such a young age?
  • The scope and some of the intricate details of SmithGroups’ Northwestern Memorial Hospital project in Chicago.
  • What it was like to work on an 80,000 square foot renovation and addition at this NMH.
  • What’s it like for Holly to serve as the Co-Chair of the AIA Chicago Healthcare Knowledge Community and program, executing educational and networking events for the membership?
  • For 2021-2022, Holly will be serving as the Young Architect Regional Director (YARD) for AIA IL. Learn more about YARD and what Holly will be doing in this new role
  • What’s it like for Holly to work on large healthcare projects with more seasoned colleagues? Is there conflict or is the process generous in sharing and learning?

The world is changing quickly. The Center for Health Design is committed to providing the healthcare design and senior living design industries with the latest research, best practices and innovations. The Center can help you solve today’s biggest healthcare challenges and make a difference in care, safety, medical outcomes, and the bottom line. Find out more at healthdesign.org.

Additional support for this podcast comes from our industry partners:

  • The American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers
  • The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design

Learn more about how to become a Certified Healthcare Interior Designer® by visiting the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers at: https://aahid.org/.

Connect to a community interested in supporting clinician involvement in design and construction of the built environment by visiting The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design at https://www.nursingihd.com/

Thank you for listening to today’s episode of Healthcare Interior Design 2.0. If you enjoyed any part of Cheryl’s conversation with Holly Harris, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD-C at SmithGroup, please help our podcast grow by spreading the good word on social media and with your online community. Stay safe and be well. For the full roster of shows, visit: http://healthcareidpodcast.com.

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Thank you for listening to today’s episode of Healthcare Interior Design 2.0. If you enjoyed any part of Cheryl’s conversation today with Holly Harris, please help our podcast grow by spreading the good word on social media and with your online community. Stay safe and be well. For the full roster of shows, visit http://healthcareidpodcast.com.

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