Announcements 08.07.2020

Amy Sickeler Wins Top Award for Interior Design from Healthcare Design Magazine

The HCD 10 awards program recognizes the most influential professionals in healthcare design

Congratulations to Amy Sickeler, winner of Healthcare Design magazine’s annual HCD 10 Award! Amy was recognized in the interior designer category for her outstanding contributions to the profession. The award honors her dedication to creating beautiful interior spaces that blend wellness, functionality, and performance.

“It is both challenging and rewarding to design projects for healthcare,” Amy says. “I’m fortunate to be able to help our clients support people on their journey toward healing.”

Over the course of her 36-year career, Amy has led interior design for several significant projects. These include the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, a treatment, research, and teaching center for neurological patients that emphasizes holistic well-being and hospitality.

Amy also led the interior design process for the Piedmont Pinewood Wellness Center at Pinewood Forest in Fayetteville, Georgia. This innovative facility supports physical and mental growth, while also promoting community wellness through team-based rehabilitation and ongoing care.

Amy’s passion for making a difference has also led to her involvement in a number of pro bono projects. For the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, for example, which supports victims of child abuse, Amy ensured the design of a warm, welcoming environment that provides safety, security, and support for children and their families.

Piedmont Wellness Center
Photo by Nick Merrick
Amy led the interior design process for the Piedmont Pinewood Wellness Center at Pinewood Forest in Fayetteville, Georgia.
Photo by Nick Merrick

For more than three decades, Amy’s design leadership, advocacy, and shared decision-making has yielded evidence-based solutions that help clients support the patient experience on a holistic level. This includes championing material health and sustainable design, as well as educating others on how design can positively impact human health and wellness.

“Amy inspires her clients, teams, and colleagues around the firm by creatively connecting design research and experiential ideas,” says Carolyn BaRoss, Global Healthcare Interior Design Director. “She creates beautiful places while bringing empathy for people and the environment. We are thrilled with Healthcare Design magazine’s acknowledgement of Amy’s design leadership and could not be happier for her.”

University of Cincinnati Gardner Neurological Institute. Main lobby that contains multi use areas for learning and waiting, museum, café, and classrooms. The spaces are divided by glass panels that contain artwork of the local culture of Cincinnati.
Amy led the interior design for the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neurological Institute, which included educational waiting spaces in the lobby
Photo by Mark Herboth

For Amy, the HCD10 award is a celebration not just of her own contributions to healthcare interior design, but also the contributions of everyone with whom she works.

“In the end, we all have one main goal: To improve the human experience in healthcare environments through exceptional interior design,” Amy says. “I am grateful for the support of our clients and my talented colleagues at Perkins&Will—and to the editorial team at Healthcare Design for having bestowed this honor up on me.”

Amy's design for a warm, welcoming environment for children at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy