E. Todd Wheeler Health Fellowship

Applications Open for Class of 2020-21

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 five 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?
Our fellows are integral members of our design teams, working both in the studio and out on project sites.
Application due by January 31, 2020

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Stamford Hospital
Stamford, Connecticut


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 and 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.

Patient Room
Rush University medical Center
Chicago, Illinois
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
Palo Alto, California

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 will be placed in select Perkins and Will studio locations throughout the United States. Applicants can express their preference for studio location; the firm will strive to accommodate those preferences whenever possible. Up to five 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, and their responsibilities include engaging in client meetings, project design and planning, and documentation. Fellows will benefit from working closely with senior medical planners and designers on significant projects. Each fellow will conduct two research projects per term: one determined by Perkins and Will, and one selected by the individual fellow (as described in the Award Process). Three-hundred total hours will be allocated for the two projects. In addition, each fellow will attend one national healthcare conference as part of the award.