Announcements 10.10.2019

Healthcare Design Leader Brenda Smith Joins the New York Studio, Bolstering its Health Practice

NEW YORK—October 10, 2019—We’ve strengthened our New York studio’s health practice with the addition of industry expert Brenda Smith. Now our New York health practice leader, Smith previously served in a similar role in our Atlanta studio, specializing in healthcare interiors and medical education projects.

Smith has a long history of collaborating with the New York team. Notable projects include MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion in Charleston, SC; Dorado Beach Medical Center, the first new hospital in Puerto Rico in 30 years; and five hospitals in Saudi Arabia, including one dedicated to neuroscience and another dedicated to children.

In her new role, Smith will take the New York studio’s interdisciplinary approach to designing healthy buildings and communities to the next level. She’s responsible for connecting the work of the firm’s seven research labs to the daily design and planning work of the health practice, ensuring clients have access to the most advanced strategies, insights, and tools. Ensuring client satisfaction is also one of her priorities.

“I am over-the-moon-excited to join my colleagues in the New York studio—and delighted by the opportunity to work with clients both new and familiar,” she says. “Together, we’re going to create even more creative, meaningful design solutions that improve the well-being of patients and healthcare professionals in the community.”

With over 25 years of design experience, Smith has a unique background. Long before coming to Perkins and Will, she was a practicing nurse in radiology oncology. Later, as a full-time employee at a major pediatric healthcare system, she managed the design of a three-campus replacement hospital expansion, giving her valuable insights into what makes a successful client-designer relationship. As a result, her leadership style is rooted in big-picture thinking and meticulous detail to the patient and caregiver experience.

“Brenda has already had an incredible impact on our health practice firmwide. Her insights and experience will be an invaluable resource for our clients,” said Bill Harris, managing director of the New York studio.

Recent healthcare projects led by the New York studio include the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center Monmouth in Middletown, New Jersey; the MSK Laboratory Medicine Building in Manhattan; the New York University Langone Medical Center, also in Manhattan; the Hartford Hospital Bone & Joint Institute in Connecticut; and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, California.

Smith’s award-winning healthcare projects, both built and unbuilt, include the CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina; King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital (KASCH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Hamad Medical City Medical Education and Simulation Center in Doha, Qatar.

“Together, we’re going to create even more creative, meaningful design solutions that improve the well-being of patients and healthcare professionals in the community.”
Brenda Smith, Health Practice Leader, Associate Principal