2019 Architecture Track
The 2020 Architecture Track will be announced at a later date.

From hospitals to outpatient clinics to medical office buildings, the construction and/or renovation of healthcare buildings is essential to improving the care of the patient and the ease with which they are able to access that care.  Designing and building healthcare facilities requires attention to the needs of clinicians and patients, to the importance of maintaining a healing environment, increased flexibility to accommodate future healthcare delivery changes and, of course, to cost.  This track will address how to reach those goals by breaking down communication barriers and will include topics such as benchmarking, the growing trend toward innovative and outpatient caregiving facilities, and designing for today’s patient.  These sessions will address topics pertinent to healthcare and design executives with responsibility for long-term planning and construction.  Effective communication unites team members and stakeholders in order to make sure the end result is on time and on budget, and as the healthcare landscape increasingly demands we do more with less, improving communications within your organization is more important than ever.

Monday Afternoon Architecture Breakout Sessions

Architecture Track: Understanding Patient Needs in New Construction

Savannah A, 10th Floor

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM 

Monday, February 18

Healthcare providers are under increasing pressure to be more responsive to the overall patient experience.  While the growing elderly population is the heaviest user of healthcare services, their children are often the decision makers when it comes to their care.  These three health system executives will discuss new projects that are creating family friendly and technologically advanced facilities that are also flexible and can easily adapt to changing needs in a volatile healthcare landscape.  You’ll gain new insight into how architects are collaborating with healthcare leaders to provide patient-centric environments that are welcoming and therapeutic, and an analysis of what the future of design holds as healthcare trends toward a more holistic and preventative approach to care.                                                 

   Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the challenges designers face in the complex healthcare construction planning process.
  2. Define the importance of incorporating flexibility in the planning of new facilities.
  3. List strategies to balance the focus on hospitality in conjunction with the need for high-quality care and positive outcomes.
  4. Identify architecture and design initiatives that are innovating the way healthcare is delivered.
Jim Venker
Industry Consultant
Venker Consulting, LLC.

Jim Venker
Facilities Consultant
Mecklenburg County Public Health

Arthur M Jones Registered Architect
Construction Project Manager
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Daina Pitzenberger R.N.
Senior Vice President

Spencer Seals
Vice President, Construction and Real Estate
Cook Children's Healthcare System

Architecture Track:  Benchmarking and Branding Your Projects

Savannah A, 10th Floor

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM 

Monday, February 18

In today’s healthcare environment, it is an ongoing challenge to provide the best quality care, achieve high levels of patient and staff satisfaction, and realize operational efficiency. Evolving patient care models and advances in medicine directly impact building standards and facility design. Benchmarking can transform the design process into a tool to measure performance, determine baselines, establish targeted outcomes, provide accurate comparisons to industry leaders, and deliver uniform data.  This session will explore an in-depth approach to building a unified brand through owner standards and specifications.  The presenters will delve into the reasons such an approach is vital to improve design and construction standards for cost and consistency and the impact branding can have on acquisitions and system integration.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how to establish and implement owner standards by identifying what is essential.
  2. Analyze methods to inform owner design and construction standards and improve project quality.
  3. Outline the ways that branding can influence acquisition and system integration.
  4. Identify what elements are essential to brand and how to design using owner brand standards.


Jill S.M. Pearsall RA, NCARB
Senior Vice President
Texas Children's Hospital

Kaitlyn Badlato, AIA, WELL AP
Architect, Researcher

Victoria Navarro, MBA-HCM
Director of Planning, Design and Construction
Advocate Aurora Health

Tuesday Morning Architecture Breakout Sessions

Architecture Track: Transforming Healthcare

Savannah A, 10th Floor

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM 

Tuesday, February 19

Healthcare is in the process of being transformed, with new technology and innovative spaces for caregiving at the forefront. With a consumer-centric focus becoming the new norm, providers are being tasked with the responsibility of managing a broader range of facilities and are changing the way they provide care in those facilities.  Leaning out the process and the operational costs are critical to making these changes effective. Learn more about current trends in healthcare architecture and design, and how transformational spaces such as micro hospitals and the medical village are  changing the face of healthcare.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the ways that healthcare is transforming to a more consumer-centric model.
  2. Describe planning and construction approaches that address today’s emphasis on population health.
  3. Identify how modern facilities can support increased efficiency, lower costs, and improve patient wellness.
  4. Formulate strategies to make healthcare more collaborative and accessible for patients and their families.


Cheryl Stoddard
President and CEO
CR2 Engineering

Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D., M.Arch.
Coordinator and Elliot Professor
Kent State University

Frank Zilm, D.Arch, FAIA, FACHA D.Arch., FAIA, FACHA
Chester Dean Director of the Institute for Health and Wellness Design
The University of Kansas

Architecture Track:  Enhancing Community Care

Savannah A, 10th Floor

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM 

Tuesday, February 19

Outpatient expansion is the new healthcare frontier, allowing greater patient access, new market entry, better care coordination, and proper utilization. Multidisciplinary ambulatory facilities are becoming increasingly looked to as an alternative treatment option for patients with multiple chronic and complex conditions.  These facilities provide coordinated care for patients that ensures optimal health outcomes and reduces hospital admissions.  They are often located in community settings to improve access for patients and enhance community-based services.  The development of the micro-hospital is another trend that offers faster access to care, increased time with physicians, more convenient locations, and improved patient experience.  Explore the ways these outpatient trends are making healthcare more available and affordable.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how micro-hospitals can meet the needs of smaller communities and patient populations.
  2. Outline the ways that multidisciplinary ambulatory facilities can enable patients to optimize their health and reduce hospital admissions.
  3. Discuss design methods that improve coordination of care in outpatient settings.
  4. Identify new ways to enhance community care while keeping costs manageable.
Dave Kistel
Vice President, Chief Facilities Executive
Lee Health

Melissa Edwards AIA
PhiloWilke Partnership

Joshua A. Theodore B. Arch, ACHE, EDAC
Vice President, Global Health Practice Leader