NEW YORK--Amy Mays, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, has joined HDR Architecture’s New York City Design Studio as interior design principal. With a significant body of experience and expertise in healthcare, Mays will lead interior design with a focus on healthcare projects in HDR’s offices across the Northeast.
“Amy’s fresh perspective supports our integrated ‘outside-in’ and ‘inside-out’ design approach that seamlessly merges architecture and interiors into environments for healing. We are eager to have her contribute towards our continued growth and development,” says Brian Kowalchuk, AIA, HDR’s national director of design.
Amy has worked with leading healthcare organizations including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia University Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. By directly engaging clients—from executives to doctors, nurses, caregivers and technical staff— Amy captures and incorporates their insights to deliberately craft interior environments that enhance the overall human experience. Chris Bormann, AIA, HDR’s director of healthcare in the east, says, “I’m thrilled to have Amy join our team. She significantly augments our design team in the Northeast with her specialized expertise in interior architecture, her planning capabilities and her strong background and leadership within an integrated design process. Amy will make an immediate and substantial contribution to our healthcare practice.”
Amy pairs HDR’s evidence-based design research efforts with her passion for patient-centered care. “Joining the HDR healthcare design team allows me to continue to integrate new—and proven—design ideas and solutions into the rapidly changing healthcare delivery environment. I am particularly interested in developing effective ambulatory care design strategies within urban settings such as New York, where settings for population-based healthcare present different physical challenges than in the suburbs.”
Amy earned her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design with a focus on interior space from Ohio State University and has worked in healthcare design for most of her career. She finds her formal training in industrial design particularly relevant now in a time of creative lean design thinking.