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Jan 17, 2023

Cheryl’s guests today on the podcast are two very special souls; Bryan Langlands, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC, LEED GA Principal NBBJ Architecture and Edwin Beltran NCIDQ, FIIDA, ASSOC. AIA, Partner, Lead Interior Designer, NBBJ Architecture. In part 1 of today’s episode, Bryan shares the concept of “Moments of Generosity in Planning” and how, without comprising the budget, this method of planning, deeply improves the experience of patients and caregivers alike in ways you might not think of. Edwin shares the design concept he practices called Essentialism and how it plays a role in a value driven design. This and so much more about what’s happening now in healthcare design, planning and architecture on part 1 of today’s episode.

Learn more about Bryan Langlands, Edwin Beltran and NBBJ  by visiting:

In Part 1 of Cheryl’s conversation with Bryan and Edwin, they discuss:

  • What happened during COVID and more specifically, what NBBJ projects failed?
  • With COVID, design budgets were slashed in healthcare projects. Learn how Bryan responded by creating what he calls, “Moments of Generosity in Planning.”
  • Listen to Bryan share examples of “Moments of Generosity” including what the benefits are of bringing light (from strategically placed windows) into the nursing station and caregivers areas of a hospital?
  • What are the financial benefits of using “Moments of Generosity in Planning?”
  • What does Edwin mean when he says, “Economy is extremely important today without compromising a value driven design or decreasing the budget?”
  • Edwin has referred to the word “Essentialism” to describe his approach to design with current projects. What is Essentialism and how does it play a role in a value driven design?

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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