The Healthcare Design Expo & Conference will return to Phoenix Nov. 10-13, taking to the Phoenix Convention Center. The 2018 show is packed with attendees’ perennial favorites, including networking opportunities, educational and keynote sessions, and an expo hall displaying the latest design products and services. But we’re adding some new features this year, too, including expanded tour options and the live presentation and voting for our new Breaking Through conceptual design competition.

Check out Healthcare Design’s October issue for a quick-hit guide of things to see and experience at this year’s event, and the November issue for Q+As with this year’s keynote speakers and a sneak peek of some of the new products on display in the expo hall.

An impressive group of keynote speakers will hit the stage during the 2018 HCD Expo. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect:

Sunday, Nov. 11:

8-9:15 a.m. Opening Keynote

Ingrid Fetell Lee, designer and founder of The Aesthetics of Joy, former design Director at IDEO, author of “Joyful,” will present “Aesthetics of Joy.”

Monday, Nov. 12:

  • 8-9:30 a.m., Changemaker Keynote

The Center for Health Design will present its annual award to Francis Murdock Pitts, founding partner and president of Architecture+, followed by a Q+A with the recipient.

Monday, Nov. 12:

  • 2-3:15 p.m., Breaking Through: The Future of Healthcare Design

The final phase of Healthcare Design magazine’s conceptual design competition, Breaking Through, will take place live at HCD Expo. The two finalist teams will deliver 10-minute presentations on their concepts to the audience and then attendees get the chance to choose their favorite via live polling. The winner will be named on stage—and receive a $10,000 prize!

Tuesday, Nov. 13:

3:30-4:30 p.m., Closing Keynote

Susan B. Frampton, president, Planetree International, will present “The Brave New World of Patient Engagement.”


To see the full conference schedule and to register, visit