September 30, 2019

Q&A

Healthcare Interior Designer Q&A | Dr. Debra Harris

September 30, 2019

Q&A

Healthcare Interior Designer Q&A | Dr. Debra Harris

September 30, 2019

Q&A

This post is in a series where we talk to healthcare interior designers about their work as interior designers in the healthcare market. Dr. Debra Harris is the CEO of RAD Consultants and is certified by the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID).

What is one book, person, or talk that has been most influential in your career?

A discussion in the middle of dinner at a conference with Janet R. Carpman, one of the authors of Design That Cares. At the time I was a master degree student at the University of Oregon. That conversation with Janet led me to pursue a PhD with a focus on architecture and public health.

What products have you been excited about recently?

I am interested in lighting solutions that support circadian rhythm entertainment to minimize health risks of workplace occupants.

Do you have any go-to design solutions or techniques for creating healing environments?

No, however I am very interested in materials and the role building finish materials play in the survival or eradication of pathogens that lead to human disease.

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?

Keep your moral compass and keep moving toward the goals you set for yourself. Don’t concern yourself with extrinsic rewards, intrinsic value is its own reward. If your work can make a difference in the lives of others, however small, it is an accomplishment worth noting.  

What is one product that doesn't exist but should?

“Self-cleaning” NAME YOUR PRODUCT HERE. It is a concept that is unfulfilling, but would be super fantastic if possible.

We've also talked to Crystal Hill (Odell Associates), Dr. Debra Harris (RAD Consultants), Libby Laguta (L2D.Design), Kristin Ellingsen (Office Furniture Group), Kimberly Bernheimer (PF&A Design), Melissa Perry (Inventure), Kelley Dorsett (HDR), Christin Troutman (MCA), Keith Stanton (Thoma-Holec Design), Clairanne Pesce (Array Architects), Linnea Rehnke (Advocate Aurora Health), Marleen Milligan (Cuningham Group), Jamison Delfino (Taylor Design), Drusilla Brewer (The East Group), Marianne Graffam (Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects), and more.