Announcements October 30, 2020

E. Todd Wheeler Health Fellowship


The E. Todd Wheeler Health Fellowship is for emerging healthcare design and planning leaders. Named for the late architect E. Todd Wheeler, a design visionary and principal of the firm from 1936 to 1944 and again from 1957 to 1972, this fellowship will be awarded each year to up to three graduate interns who demonstrate a passion for advancing healthcare excellence through transformative built environments.

Todd Wheeler’s own dedication to healthcare excellence and design innovation defined his illustrious career. His work, which included 70 hospitals and nine schools of medicine, shaped post-war healthcare for a new generation and, as architectural historian Cor Wagenaar noted, “epitomized the promise of science, the victory of technology, and the prospect of a successful battle against old and new diseases.”

Wheeler’s endless quest for answers to healthcare design’s most pressing questions continues to inspire our practice today, and serves as the foundation for the fellowship that bears his name:

  • Is the effect of the physical environment on human beings adverse or favorable? Can it be measured?
  • Can the mechanized hospital be kept human?
  • Can a hospital building…possess the quality of living things such as flexibility, adaptability, mobility, resilience, the ability to grow, to regenerate itself…?
  • What does the future hold?
Stamford Hospital
Stamford, Connecticut


Recent graduates who have earned a Master of Architecture with a Certificate in Healthcare Design, a Master of Interior Design with a Certificate in Healthcare Design, or a degree from an accredited Design and Health program are eligible for consideration. Graduates with a Master of Architecture or Master of Interior Design who have completed a healthcare-related thesis are also encouraged to apply. The key requirement of the fellowship is a demonstrated interest in shaping the future of healthcare design. Perkins&Will believes that diversity of ideas, backgrounds, and disciplines are essential to solving the challenges of healthcare access and service delivery—now and in the future.

MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital
MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion
Charleston, South Carolina
UVA University Hospital Expansion
University of Virginia, University Hospital Expansion
Charlottesville, Virginia

Award Process

Fellowship candidates should complete an online application, including a letter of reference and accompanying documentation. Candidates will be asked to describe an individual research project or inquiry that they seek to complete during the fellowship. Following submission of the application, the selection process will include a review of the candidate’s portfolio/thesis project/research and an interview. Fellows can apply to open positions in select locations. Up to three fellows will be selected for this one-year term.

St Mary Nazareth Hospital
Saint Mary of Nazareth Hospital
Chicago, Illinois
Norfolk General Hospital
Norfolk General Hospital
Norfolk, Virginia

Scope and Duration

The fellowship duration is one calendar year. Fellows work under the direction of the Health Practice Leader, gaining hands-on professional work experience on project teams to include design, planning and documentation and engaging in client meetings. Fellows will benefit from working closely with senior medical planners and designers on significant healthcare projects. Each fellow will conduct a research project during the fellowship year. In addition, each fellow will attend one national healthcare conference as part of the award.

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