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Sep 12, 2023

On part 2 of today’s episode, Cheryl continues her conversation with Erika Hill, IIDA, NCIDQ, Senior Interior Designer, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture and Minta Ferguson, ACHA, AIA, NCARB, Director of Planning, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture.

In part 2 Minta and Erika flush out all the juicy details of their work on their favorite projects both together and separately and what made those projects so special to each of them. This and so much more about what’s happening in healthcare design today on part 2 of today’s episode of the Healthcare Interior Design 2.0 podcast!

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In Part 2 of Cheryl’s conversation with Erika Hill and Minta Ferguson they discuss:

  • What are Erika and Minta’s current favorite projects and why?

  • Learn about the technical aspects of some of the design on their projects and how detail oriented healthcare design and planning really is.

  • How did McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture win their Teen Cancer America project?

  • Hear all the details about TCA and the project itself and another related project

  • What is different about designing a cancer unit for teens?

  • How Minta and Erika know when a project is successful from what the end users have to say about it.

  • What does a holistic design process look like to Erika?

  • What does the future of healthcare design and planning look like to these two?

  • Learn about McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture’s podcast, Idea Exchange, Ideas Shaping Healthcare, where Minta is the host.

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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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