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Mar 26, 2021

In part 2 of today’s episode, Cheryl continues her fascinating conversation with Sharon Woodworth, FAIA ACHA EDAC LEED; Studio Leader National Healthcare Practice at HED. They dive deeper into Sharon’s vast and prolific career in healthcare. Sharon is both a practicing healthcare architect shaping her practice at HED into a national firm, and she is an associate professor at UCSF teaching healthcare architecture to physicians and nurses who want to be a CEO in healthcare. Sharon is also a Regent for the American College of Healthcare Architects Board, and her background that led to this has evolved out of her experience as a patient throughout her childhood, and later her career as a pediatric and neonatal nurse. On today’s episode, you will hear Sharon’s personal and professional life stories that have led her to her current work in healthcare, and what the current face of healthcare architecture looks like from her vantage point. This fascinating interview continues on part 2 of today’s show, now available.

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In Part 2 of Cheryl’s conversation with Sharon Woodworth, they discuss:

  • On Sharon’s LinkedIn profile, she writes, “For me, architecture is its most rewarding when I give a little extra back, when I find that little something that wasn't asked for but will make the project that much better no matter how big or small. This is my why.” Learn more about what this means to Sharon and the French word she uses to describe it.
  • What does Sharon mean when she says, “Your strength is your weakness and your weakness is your strength.”
  • What is it like for Sharon to be the recipient of the Fellow of the American Institute of Architects or FAIA——The highest membership honor given for exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society.
  • What are Sharon’s current projects at HED?
  • How is HED adapting to COVID?
  • What does Sharon think hospitals and healthcare facilities will look like in 20 to 30 years?
  • What advice does Sharon have for architecture and design students who are interested in specializing in  healthcare, but are afraid to move in this direction?

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

Additional support for this podcast comes from our industry partners:

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

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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

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