Apr 16, 2021
In Part 1 of today’s episode, Cheryl speaks with Roderic Walton, AIA, NOMA, NCARB; Principal at Moody Nolan - the nation’s largest African American architecture firm. Cheryl and Roderic dive deep into the topic of race in healthcare and architecture. Cheryl asks Roderic what it’s like to work for the nation’s largest African American architecture firm. Roderic shares, “My individual performance is often represented as that of the entire African American community by so many people that I interact with, and it can be overwhelming. There are so few black architects practicing today and what that means is that often I am the only person of color who is in a leadership role, and looks like me, in most of my professional interactions.” Learn more about what the experience is like for people of color when they enter the healthcare space and why there is a direct correlation between what communities African Americans live in and the type of healthcare they receive, and how healthcare design and architecture professionals can truly change this. Tune in to part 1 of this deeply informative, compassionate and engaging interview with Roderic Walton.
Learn more about Roderic Walton,and Moody Nolan by visiting: http://moodynolan.com/.
Read Roderic Walton’s white paper entitled, “Equity in Healthcare: Healthcare in Black America, ‘Where We Are’ The Current State of Healthcare in America.” here: https://www.nomanash.com/healthequity2 and here: https://www.nomanash.com/healthequity3
In Part 1 of Cheryl’s conversation with Roderic Walton they discuss:
In part 2 of Cheryl’s interview with Roderic Walton, AIA, NOMA, NCARB; Principal at Moody Nolan, Cheryl asks Roderic the question, “When thinking about the future, how can healthcare design and architecture professionals begin to change entrenched systems that are the source of some of these race-related problems?” Roderic shares, “The solution starts with an understanding that it’s not just about individual folks solving their own problems, picking themselves up by their bootstraps and overcoming centuries of oppression. The study of history is clear, it’s instructive; we have a collective responsibility to address these types of concerns. Architects can become active participants in community engagement and outreach activities, and really position ourselves as being much more inclusive and receptive to the notion that we have elective responsibility here to address these issues of oppression. And because we are architects does not mean the problem lies outside of our industry. We are part of the solution.” This and so much more on the changing face of healthcare design on part 2 of today’s episode with Roderic Walton now available.
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