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Aug 9, 2019

In the second part of my conversation with Amy Mays, Interior Design Practice Leader at HDR’s New York, New York architecture studio, Amy shares what it was like to walk into the operating room to have 20 strangers staring at her right before her serious brain surgery, and how that experience changed her approach to healthcare design. “I ended up having a benign brain tumor and it blew my world apart fairly quickly,” says Amy. That story and more on the changing face of healthcare design from one of the largest architecture firms in the world, on part 2 of today’s episode.

Learn more about Amy Mays and HDR by visiting: Find HDR on Instagram by searching for @hdr_inc, on Twitter @hdrarchitecture and on LinkedIn by searching for Health at HDR.

Thank you to our industry partners:

  • The Center For Health Design
  • The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design

Learn more about how the Center for Health Design can support your firm by visiting:

Connect to a community of clinicians and others interested in supporting clinician involvement in design and construction of the built environment by visiting The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design at

And to the American Association of Healthcare Interior Designers, thank you for your support of this program. Enhance your professional credibility by earning the Certified Healthcare Interior Design credential. Visit for more info.

In part 2 of the episode you will learn:

  • What it’s like to work for one of the largest architecture firms in the world.
  • What transparency looks like during the initial stages of a project.
  • What makes a project successful.
  • How HDR helps their hospital clients with fundraising.
  • Are healthcare systems in New York different then the rest of the United States and is New York a trendsetter in healthcare interior design?
  • How are color palettes in healthcare design different on the east coast?
  • How does empathy play a role in healthcare design and has that changed in the past 10 years?
  • How Amy’s brain surgery two years ago gave her a completely different perspective on the way a healthcare space should be designed.
  • Amy’s internship and love of pediatric healthcare design influenced her decision to move permanently into the field.
  • Amy’s role in IIDA’s New York Chapter and what it’s like being the president of the chapter. 

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