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Apr 16, 2021

In part 2 of Cheryl’s engaging 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.

Learn more about Roderic Walton,and Moody Nolan by visiting:

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: and here:

In Part 2 of Cheryl’s conversation with Roderic Walton, they discuss:

  • Roderic specializes in Building Information Modeling (BIM), and utilizing state-of-the-art 3D modeling technology in order to facilitate the production of coordinated and quality controlled deliverables. What is this exactly and how does Moody Nolan use this with their clients to project reliable models and solutions?
  • How does Moody Nolan bring to bear a unique and irreplaceable combination of people, perspective, and process. What makes the firm unique in this way?
  • In Roderic’s white paper entitled, “Equity in Healthcare: Healthcare in Black America, ‘Where We Are’ The Current State of Healthcare in America,” (see link in show notes) Roderic talks about solutions. When thinking about the future, Roderic shares how healthcare design and architecture professionals can begin to change entrenched systems that are the source of some of these problems. 
  • What does Roderic mean when he says that we (architects) need to be involved further downstream in the “operation of the spaces we've been involved in designing.” 
  • What does Roderic mean when he says, “The community is the healthcare system?”
  • How does Roderic and his team connect the community with the design of a hospital or healthcare space in that community?
  • With almost any complex problem, there are solutions. They range from simple-but-wrong to effective-but-difficult. Roderic unpacks this and gives examples.
  • What are the simple-but-wrong solutions to bias and racism that are most discussed within healthcare architecture?
  • In the past year, have Moody Nolan’s hospital partners been open to more change? If so, how?
  • Why is patient-centered care a fundamental right and no longer optional?
  • How can thought leadership in healthcare design be conduits for transformational change?
  • Are there building projects that we can learn from as we work towards a more equitable and inclusive world?
  • What will we see in 50 years if we all work together towards a more equitable future?
  • How can the healthcare design and architecture industry engage and inspire more youth of color to move into this field?
  • What advice does Roderic have for architecture and design students who are interested in healthcare but are also afraid of it?

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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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