Lee Dykxhoorn AIA
senior project architect, Charles Rose Architects
Sherri Rullen AIA
senior director, Planning, Design & Construction, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Jeffrey Zynda Assoc. AIA
principal, Perkins+ Will
Healthcare facilities are powered by two things: technology and people. All competent design responds to these market forces, but only truly excellent design integrates them from concept through completion. The jury sought projects that employed innovation, large or small, to elevate user experience or address program challenges in unexpected and positive ways.
The jury recognized four projects, each representing work that prioritizes the comfort of people under duress; creates flexible spaces for leading research and clinical programs; responds to its environment; and presents outstanding design moves. Healthcare facilities are often at the building industry’s cutting edge—especially in Boston where healthcare is a major economic driver. The jury hopes that future architects and clients will be emboldened by these projects, and will continue on the progressive and innovative paths they set out.