A giant focus of architect Janet Dugan’s 30-year-plus profession has been advocating for utilizing person-centered strategies to ship considerate designs that result in improved care, clearer communication, and diminished prices. Her efforts paid off final 12 months when she grew to become the primary architect on the earth to change into a Planetree Fellow in Individual Centered Care. Exterior the workplace, you’ll discover her having fun with the outside and diving into artwork tasks.

What drew you to healthcare design?

The complexities of the work—ever-changing design wants, constructing kind, enterprise of the business, medical advances … I be taught one thing day-after-day.

What was your first healthcare venture?

A grasp plan for a big hospital campus in Anchorage, Alaska.

What lesson did you be taught on that venture that you just nonetheless carry with you?

That targets and techniques thoughtfully based on the earliest stage are crucial to success. That technique most frequently tells you what to not do exactly as a lot as what path to take.

How do you apply person-centered care strategies in tasks?

By demystifying the method and making clinicians, sufferers, and management companions in design. They’re not spectators, however integral voices to be relied upon.

Exterior the workplace, we’d seemingly discover you …

Studying, quilting, doing paintings of all types, on the tractor, and feeding the cattle on our ranch.

Wait, you’ve gotten a ranch?

We bought 20 acres in a good looking valley as a getaway and for future retirement. Throughout quarantine, we’ve moved out right here virtually full time. We’re outdoor as a lot as potential and all the time have tasks to do.


Most sudden merchandise in your desk

It’s truly beneath it: I’ve had a stroll station treadmill for seven years and common about 4 miles a day at my desk, though that quantity goes up now that I’m not touring a lot. I don’t suppose I might do lengthy stints of laptop work anymore with out it.

Favourite metropolis to go to …

Zihuatanejo, Mexico. That is the one place my husband and I return to time and time once more. We love the down time and laughter, no clocks or telephones, and actually nice meals in a sleepy little fishing village on the Pacific.

Three design tasks you’ve labored on within the final 12 months and your function

1 Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Heart campus grasp plan, Sitka, Alaska, healthcare planning principal.

2 St. Michael Medical Heart, Silverdale, Wash., healthcare planning principal.

3 Fairbanks Memorial Hospital grasp plan, Fairbanks, Alaska, healthcare planning principal.

Morning individual or evening owl?

Undoubtedly morning. I really like being awake at daybreak.

Espresso or tea?

Espresso within the morning; tea within the night.

How did you make your first greenback?

I used to be an assistant designer at an area advert company.

Cocktail of selection

Vodka gimlet with a twist, straight up.

Your hidden expertise

Storytelling on the native degree. I’ve gone to Seattle Moth storytelling occasions and attended conferences and improv courses.

You may have an irrational concern of …

Ferris wheels. My concern is amplified by obsessing on the truth that the bottom bidder constructed it.

In case you weren’t an architect You’d be …

A science journalist. I really like studying about scientific analysis in addition to writing.

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