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Mar 16, 2021

On today’s episode, Cheryl interviews Margi Kaminski, ASID, NCIDQ, Director of Health Interiors at the prestigious CannonDesign. Cheryl asks Margi the question, “What was it like to go from being the “boss” of your small firm Quarters Designs for Living Spaces,  to working for the larger more prestigious firms like those you have worked at throughout your career?” Margi’s answer to this question was deeply rich and insightful. Lean in and listen to Margi Kaminski’s story about what it was like to own and operate a small and successful healthcare and senior living design firm for many years, and then sell that practice to work for some of the largest healthcare architecture and design firms in the country. This, and so much more on the changing face of healthcare design on today’s episode.

Learn more about Margi Kaminski and CannonDesign by visiting

In Cheryl’s conversation with Margi Kaminski, they discuss:

  • What was it like for Margi to go from being the “boss” of her small firm to working for larger firms throughout her career?
  • For over a decade, Margi owned and operated her small firm “Quarters Designs for Living Spaces” which focused on senior living design. What led Margi to sell the business?
  • After selling her business, why did Margi take a four-year sabbatical, and how did she move back into the healthcare design market?
  • What can a small business mind set bring to the larger healthcare design firms Margi has worked for?
  • Why is senior living design a sweet spot for Margi? 
  • What are CannonDesign’s current projects and how has the firm adjusted and adapted to post COVID healthcare design?
  • Margi shares her thoughts on the future of healthcare architecture and design.
  • What advice does Margi have for architecture and design students who are considering moving into the field of healthcare but are also afraid of it?

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

Learn more about how to become a Certified Healthcare Interior Designer®  by visiting the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers at:

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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