Brenda Smith

Associate Principal, Health, New York

For Brenda, healthcare has always been a source of meaningful work. First as a nurse, and later as a designer, she found joy in working to make spaces that support powerful moments—some filled with happiness, others with sorrow, but all sacred. Those moments are the catalyst for her designs. Brenda takes great pride in relating to patients and seeing the immediate impact that a new space can have on patients, staff, and family.

When she isn’t designing award-winning healthcare projects, Brenda enjoys working in her garden, traveling, and experiencing different cultures. She is particularly fond of introducing herself to the food and architecture that makes each city uniquely its own.

Brenda and the team's design for CARTI's interiors was planned for optimized mobility and maximum patient convenience.
CARTI Cancer Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
"Healthcare spaces are the place where many of life’s most sacred and profound moments occur. I find meaning in designing healthcare spaces to support the shared experiences of patients and their loved ones."
Brenda and team designed a soaring double-height atrium space to welcome guests to the new facility.
Lexington Medical Center, Columbia, South Carolina
Located on a wooded campus, Brenda's design incorporates elements of the environment into the interior space.
Ridgeview Institute, Smyrna, Georgia
Fun Fact
Brenda grew up on a farm where connection to the seasons and the soil is part of life’s rhythm. Today, her weekend gardening keeps her connected to the seasons, and takes her back to her childhood on the farm.

Brenda's Featured Work

Hamad Medical City Medical Education and Simulation Center
Doha, Qatar