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Oct 9, 2020

In Part 2 of Cheryl’s interview with Mary-Jean Eastman, Co-Founder & Vice-Chair of Perkins Eastman, Cheryl asks Mary-Jean to describe her firm’s work with Memorial Sloan Kettering. “Memorial Sloan Kettering is one of the oldest and largest cancer centers in the world,” Mary-Jean begins. “When we started working with them, the mandate was to take an institution that was very much focused on research and make it a leader in patient centered care.” Learn more about the details of this project, it’s history with the firm, and what it means to design for cancer patients, on Part 2 of Cheryl’s interview today with Mary-Jean Eastman. 

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In Part 2 of Cheryl’s conversation with Mary-Jean Eastman, they discuss:

  • Why are complex healthcare projects important and interesting to Mary-Jean and what stories have come out of the past several decades from working on complex healthcare projects?
  • Why has Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center been such an important client to the firm and what is its history with the firm?
  • What is it like to design such a large facility for cancer patients and how is designing for this demographic different than designing for other types of patients?
  • Why did Perkins Eastman decide that it was going to be an employee-owned firm and what led to that decision?
  • A young 10-year old Mary-Jean knew that she wanted to be an architect but she kept this secret to herself and instead told the grownups that she wanted to be a teacher? What does this say about Mary-Jean’s generation of women and how has this changed?
  • When did Mary-Jean discover that she loved to solve complex problems?
  • What is the future of healthcare design and how will technology play a role in this?
  • What advice does Mary-Jean have for young women in architectural school who are interested in specializing in healthcare, but are afraid of it?

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