After finishing graduate faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Expertise, John Maher joined MASS Design Group in early 2014, spending his first two years working on the agency’s workplace in Kigali, Rwanda. Now primarily based in Chicago, Maher has led tasks throughout the globe, together with East Africa and South Asia. Moreover, he’s designing a line of behavioral well being furnishings and pursuing an MBA. In his spare time, he likes to play soccer or go to his favourite native ice cream store.
What drew you to a profession in healthcare design?
I truly type of fell into it. Once I joined MASS, the agency was simply starting the Munini District Hospital in Rwanda and creating design requirements for the hospital, so I used to be positioned on the undertaking. After that, I labored on smaller clinics in Mali. I discovered healthcare design to be an unimaginable design problem, and because the agency designed extra healthcare areas I made a decision to remain targeted on the sector.
What lesson from that first undertaking do you continue to carry with you at this time?
The areas the place folks wait and the transition areas are simply as essential to the therapeutic course of because the areas the place individuals are being handled.
What do you want greatest about working in healthcare design?
Developing with artistic options that impression entry to care and supply of care. I take pleasure in participating with care suppliers and studying about how the areas they work in can higher serve them whereas prioritizing the affected person expertise.
Along with your structure work, you additionally design and make furnishings?
I’ve at all times been a maker. I feel what attracts me is the just about prompt gratification of utilizing the furnishings. I’m at present engaged on a behavioral well being furnishings line.
What affected person wants would you wish to see addressed by way of product design?
In behavioral well being, I’d wish to see merchandise that enable sufferers to regulate their setting and their expertise. Product design ought to allow therapeutic experiences and never merely meet security necessities.
Weekend exercise Soccer and something exterior.
Responsible pleasure Ice cream. In Chicago, there’s a Jeni’s lower than a block away from our home, and once I’m in New Jersey I attempt to get Thomas Candy on daily basis.
Band/musical artist J. Cole and Drake White.
Shade Most individuals who know me would say grey, but it surely’s truly blue.
TV characters Ted Lasso and Ron Swanson.
Group Manchester United.
Guide “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett.
Three healthcare tasks you’ve labored on within the final yr and your function
1 Redemption Hospital in Caldwell, Liberia, with the Ministry of Well being of Liberia and the World Financial institution, undertaking supervisor.
2 Yirimadio Well being Middle with Muso Well being in Bamako, Mali, undertaking supervisor.
3 Samajik Hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, design advisory group for the undertaking.
Canine or cat?
Positively a canine particular person. Canines search your consideration and are rather more enjoyable to play with. My mother and father’ canine is like having one other sibling.
How did you make your first greenback?
Scoring a aim in a soccer sport once I was little. My pop-pop would pay me a greenback a aim after each sport by way of highschool.
First album you ever purchased
I feel it was Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint” once I was in eighth grade.
Cocktail of selection
Your hidden expertise
I can repair just about something. My dad is a contractor, so rising up we by no means referred to as a helpful man or mechanic and I used to be at all times proper there studying.
You have got an irrational worry of …
My spouse packing the automobile incorrectly for lengthy automobile rides.
For those who weren’t an architect you’d be …
NFL kicker (dream job).