This industry has spent recent months not only responding to the COVID-19 crisis but looking ahead to how healthcare design will likely be changed forever because of it. And while the trends beginning to emerge may in some ways be a departure from what’s on the following pages, we shouldn’t forget the strides you’ve already made. In this 20th year of our annual Healthcare Design Showcase, let us all pause for a moment from the daunting work at hand to appreciate what your efforts have accomplished. Here, we once again celebrate outstanding contributions to the field of healthcare design.

Throughout this special section published in our August 2020 issue, you’ll find impressive solutions to the challenges you all have and will continue to face—from supporting in-demand specialty services like pediatric care and behavioral health to efforts to promote community health and wellness and deliver flexible and efficient spaces. Experience—for patients, families, and staff—also remains a top driver for new projects. Even in the wake of coronavirus, these issues will be constants, and our Design Showcase highlights many projects worth emulating.

All submissions to the Design Showcase were reviewed by a jury of industry professionals appointed by our partner organizations, The Center for Health Design, International Interior Design Association, and American Society of Interior Designers. Projects were judged based on how well they performed in the categories of Innovation, Aesthetics, Experience, and Operations. Those that received the highest scores in the first round of review advanced to a virtual judging event held in the spring, during which our jury members determined the award winners. Turn the page for more details on the jury and our winners, and keep turning for editorial coverage of the program and for the Showcase itself.

There’s a lot of work to be done as we move forward, and I’m certain you’ll find plenty of inspiration in these pages to take with you on this journey.

Many thanks to our 2020 Design Showcase Jury

Teresa Francis
Interior designer, Mayo Clinic

Kevin Harney
Vice president/principal, ESa (Earl Swensson Associates)

Scott Holmes
Principal, BWBR Architects

Barbara J. Huelat
Design principal, Healing Design

Rutali Joshi
Pennell fellow, doctoral candidate, graduate research assistant, Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, Clemson University

Douglas J. King
Principal, healthcare practice group, Stantec Architecture Inc.

Sandy McKenzie
COO, Hamilton Health Care System

Louis A. Meilink Jr.
Senior principal, Ballinger

Victoria Navarro
Regional director of planning, design and construction, Advocate Aurora Health

Gracyn W. Robinson
Independent interior design consultant, senior living and healthcare

Avein Saaty-Tafoya
Principal, healthcare and design consultant, AST Consulting LLC

Peter Sawras
Director, facilities planning, The Hospital for Sick Children

Jennifer Kovacs Silvis
Editor-in-chief, Healthcare Design

Judy Smith
Principal, Smith Hager Bajo Inc.

Stan Spellman
Senior vice president, Spellman Brady & Co.

Laurie Waggener
Director, research, associate principal, EYP Architecture & Engineering

Jennifer Wilcynski
Associate, Orcutt | Winslow


2019 Award Winners and Finalists

Award of Merit

• The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York), submitted by Perkins Eastman Architects, Ennead Architects, and ICrave

• Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital & Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion (Charleston, S.C.), submitted by Perkins and Will

Honorable Mention

• Essentia Health Vision Northland (Duluth, Minn.), submitted by EwingCole

• Ibn Sina Hospital Rabat (Rabat, Morocco), submitted by HKS Inc.

• Mount Sinai Medical Center, Skolnick Surgical Tower and Hildebrandt Emergency Center (Miami Beach, Fla.), submitted by CannonDesign

• Nixon Forensics Center (Fulton State Hospital) (Fulton, Mo.), submitted by: EYP and WSP USA


• Adventist Health/Valley Children’s Healthcare, Family Health & Life Center (Fowler, Calif.), submitted by HGA

• Inova Schar Cancer Institute (Fairfax, Va.), submitted by Wilmot Sanz

• New Stanford Hospital (Stanford, Calif.), submitted by Rafael Viñoly Architects

• Seattle Children’s, Building Care: Diagnostic and Treatment Facility (Seattle), submitted by ZGF Architects

• UC San Diego School of Medicine Center for the Future of Surgery (La Jolla, Calif.), submitted by CallisonRTKL Inc.

Awards will be presented during the 2020 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, Nov. 7-10, Nashville, Tenn.

Healthcare Design Showcase projects are chosen for inclusion by a jury of industry professionals, based on a rigorous review of submissions that assess cost, square footage, location, facility type, and other key factors that support photos and floor plans. Jurors are excluded from reviewing projects that they or their firms were involved with; jurors who are associated with projects in the finalist round are not permitted to vote for winners. Firms pay a small entry fee for consideration; those whose projects are accepted pay an additional publication fee based on the number of pages they choose to use. The text beginning on page 60 comes directly from the submitting firms and is not vetted by the editors of Healthcare Design. Projects not accepted by the jury are not published.

Jennifer Kovacs Silvis is editor-in-chief of Healthcare Design. She can be reached at