Dede Woodring

AIA, LEED AP, Lean Black Belt
Principal, Health, Atlanta

The daughter of an aeronautical engineer, Dede grew up in a space industry community – attending the occasional rocket launch amidst other more grounded childhood pastimes, such as drawing floor plans for “the perfect house.”

Dede took to healthcare design while studying architecture at the University of Knoxville, where she was captivated by complex projects. Today, she has over 35 years of specialized experience in healthcare design and leads planning efforts on complicated projects–developing facility programs, concept and operational planning, master plans, and solutions that support the client’s vision, objectives, and future growth. She has always felt a responsibility to study and understand the newest trends and research. She is motivated by the challenge of creating the most positive experience for all facility users–patients, providers, and family alike.

Dede loves to travel “out west”–where she has made many memories hiking and horseback riding. She has been in the same book club for 26 years and is an avowed “dog person” who nevertheless adopted her first cat on a whim outside of the local bookstore.

“The design of our environment and surroundings is important because it influences both how we feel and our perception of the world.”
Utilizing evidence-based design and best practices for health facilities, Dede and team created an efficient layout that supports patient comfort and privacy.
University of South Carolina Student Health Center, Columbia, South Carolina
CARTI Cancer Center, one of Dede's many oncological projects, provides a comforting patient environment that also addresses the needs of clinicians and caregivers.
CARTI Cancer Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Dede's Featured Work

University of Virginia University Hospital Expansion
Charlottesville, Virginia