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Sep 12, 2023

On part 1 of today’s episode Cheryl interviews Erika Hill, IIDA, NCIDQ, Senior Interior Designer, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture and Minta Ferguson, ACHA, AIA, NCARB, Director of Planning, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture.

Cheryl says, “The most fascinating piece of part 1 in today’s interview is learning all the details of how and when the work of these two highly specialized professionals intersects within the same healthcare projects. How do these two women, with very different objectives and goals within a complex healthcare project, work together to ensure the project is smooth and inclusive of everyone’s perspective?” This and so much more about today’s world of healthcare design from these two brilliant women on part 1 of today’s episode!

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In Part 1 of Cheryl’s conversation with Minta and Erika, they discuss:

  • Who are Erika Hill and Minta Ferguson and how does their specialized work within McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture intersect on projects?

  • How does the concept of collaboration play a vital role within Minta and Erika’s projects and what does a collaborative moment look like for these two?

  • Why is it important for Minta and Erika to understand that everyone on a project consumes knowledge differently?

  • Are meetings an organic process for Minta and Erika or are they set in how they flow and function?

  • When is it important to ‘push the envelope’ on a project?

  • How do Minta and Erika resolve ‘healthy conflicts’ on a project?

  • What does it mean to build trust in relationships in Minta and Erika’s work?

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:

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