Metropolis Forums

MAY 19TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT


The COVID-19 crisis has put healthcare spaces under extraordinary stress. Hotels, schools, and convention centers have all been converted into hospital-like spaces. What are healthcare designers learning from this experience? How can we apply those lessons to the other spaces where we live, work, and play?

Learning from Healthcare


773.avinash Rajagopal Headshot Credit Nicholas Calcott

Avi Rajagopal

Editor in Chief

Avinash Rajagopal is the editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine. He is an expert on product and interior design in the digital age, as a historian of contemporary design as well as a frequent speaker at key industry events. He is the author of Hacking Design (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2013). and has contributed to numerous volumes on architecture and design, including Adhocracy (Istanbul Design Biennial, 2012), Making Africa (Vitra Design Museum, 2015) and Atlas of Furniture Design (Vitra Design Museum, forthcoming). He has lectured on design history and writing at the School of Visual Arts, New York; the University of Texas at Austin; and the National Institute of Design, India.


Hank Adams

Hank Adams

Global Director of Health

Hank Adams, AIA, FACHA, EDAC provides leadership and inspiration for HDR’s award-winning healthcare design practice. He is a recognized expert in planning and design of innovative healthcare environments with over 28 years of experience in academic medical centers, community hospitals, ambulatory facilities and global health. He is a frequent speaker, columnist and advocate for healthcare design and its impact on healthcare delivery and outcomes. He is Board Certified by the American College of Healthcare Architects in the specialty of healthcare design and is EDAC accredited in the application of evidence-based research in the design of physical environments.

Kari Thorsen

Kari Thorsen


Kari Thorsen, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP®, is an interior designer specializing in healthcare facilities. For nearly two decades, she has planned and designed projects for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, CHI Franciscan Health and Providence Health & Services, as well as numerous projects for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics system, including their children’s hospital. Kari’s work seeks to improve the healthcare experience by creating soothing, supportive environments that provide patients, families and staff members with moments of joy to facilitate healing.

Cindy Beckham

Cindy Beckham


Cindy is the health studio leader for SmithGroup’s Washington, D.C. office. She has provided effective methodologies and leadership for scores of strategic facility planning and facility design processes across the country for the last twenty-five years. Her work on the both the client and consultant sides of the table, provide her with insight on the impact of research, effective design and strategy in healthcare to drive effective outcomes for improved population health.