Announcements July 18, 2023

Family Tree Clinic Receives a National Healthcare Design Award from the AIA

The 2023 Healthcare Design Awards recognize cutting-edge designs that help solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social problems while also being functional and sustainable.
Family Tree Clinic first floor

The AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) awarded Perkins&Will’s Minneapolis studio with its prestigious 2023 Healthcare Design Award for its work on Family Tree Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The award showcases the best of health care building design, health care planning, and health care design-oriented research.

“This is a culturally competent project that engages the community with artwork inside and out. It’s a fully functional clinical building that certainly does not look like one. It offers a welcoming and person-forward space that meets patients who are ready to engage in their healthcare.”

AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Juror

Family Tree Clinic provides reproductive and sexual health services and comprehensive outreach education for underserved populations – largely BIPOC, LGTBQ+, and low-income. Our design team collaborated with the clinic to expand its facility and community services. Through our firm’s social purpose program, the nonprofit clinic received pro bono professional services for a pre-occupancy evaluation and visioning session. The result of this discovery phase revealed a critical need for the clinic location to be more rooted in the LGBTQ+ community.

The new 17,000 square foot clinic, now located on a busy retail corridor connected to three mass transit lines and major interstates, is an inviting oasis for patients and a safe, trauma-informed place of respite. From parenting classes to legal clinics, peer education, and LGBTQ+ drop-in sessions for youth, Family Tree Clinic is a safe and comfortable space that feels more like a home away from home.

“This recognition is a celebration of our interdisciplinary team that used research-based design to create an exceptional, trauma-informed and safe space for patients, staff and visitors,” said design director Tony Layne.