July 2, 2019
July 2, 2019
July 2, 2019
This post is the first in a series where we talk to healthcare interior designers about their work. Michelle Clark is a Senior Associate at REES Associates and is certified by the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID).
Narrowing this down to one is very difficult. So, if it is okay, I am going to give you a few.
When I was a designer at HOK, I worked under an Architect who focused on Convention Center design and designed the renovation of the Fort Worth Convention Center. Late one evening, like 11:30, he arrived in the studio and could see I was not enjoying myself. He turned to me and said, “Don’t your realize that people spend 90% of their time experiencing what you design and only 10% of what I design” This stuck with me.
When I was a senior designer at HKS, I was asked to develop our LEED program. This came from the AIA COTE group. While researching, I read a book by Amory Lovins called Natural Capitalism and it changed how I approached projects forever.
I get excited about a lot of new products. On my list right now are:
I think every designer has products, details, etc. The key is to understand the type of environment and how you want to make the inhabitants feel. This is done holistically rather than with a kit of parts.
Don't push yourself too hard. I worked 90 hour weeks, had little to no social life, and lived modestly. I don't regret it because I was able to propel myself quickly, but it was not good for my health.
That is a tough one. I think products that are truly interchangeable, flexible, and reusable are so important. Manufacturers will get cradle to cradle certified and have parts that are made with recycle content, but really miss the point. The goal is that a product does not ever lose its intrinsic value. I recently tried to get a new cover for a desk chair I have had for 20 years. The parts are no longer made. It is just sad. We will never heal our earth if our only goal is to use more resources and not upcycle or downcycle or reuse products.
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.