The pandemic’s impact on the future of healthcare design


As we emerge into our post-pandemic world, there is an opportunity to reflect on how our healthcare environments either supported or worked against us during this trying time. Knowing we could someday find ourselves in this predicament again, how can we be proactive in improving the effectiveness and overall well-being of those who provide and receive care? 

We explored this question in our presentation at the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Conference on Architecture, we invite you to click through our slides to:

  • Understand trends that have either emerged or grown as a result of the pandemic, which are impacting the delivery of healthcare, such as telehealth, provider burn-out, and public behavior (i.e. masking and social distancing).
  • See some of the design impacts resulting from these trends and how they must continue to evolve in the future.
  • Explore opportunities and innovations in construction that have evolved because of the pandemic, such as modular/prefab construction and pop-up buildings.
  • Review a case study of an existing ICU and how it evolved throughout the pandemic, and draw from its conclusion on how to better prepare for the future.

Want to learn more about GBBN’s insights into the future of healthcare? Click here. Or, check out a selection of GBBN’s healthcare portfolio here.


HeadshotAmy Kalar AIA, LEED AP BD+C  Medical Planner
With a love of architecture that is rooted in its ability to elicit an emotional response, Amy designs healthcare spaces that provide comfort and support to those who inhabit them. As a medical planner, Amy delights in the complexity of healthcare design – the extra layer of regulatory requirements, the changing technological landscape, and the existing spaces that shape the design. It’s a complicated puzzle, but, guided by a deep concern for the client and those who will use the space, Amy sees how it all fits together.

head shotAmy Mees IIDA, EDAC, LEED AP, Sr. Medical Planner, Associate Principal
With over 25 years of experience in healthcare design and medical planning—much of it with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the nation’s top pediatric medical and research centers—Amy’s work has touched the lives of countless patients, families, and practitioners. She works closely with leading healthcare institutions to help them achieve their goals and create spaces and environments that surpass expectations and further the healing process