Managing complex healthcare projects and teams is a lot like piecing together a puzzle—fitting intricate parts in a specific manner through careful thought and consideration. Suzanne thrives in this space. And when she’s not working on healthcare projects, she loves the challenge of a good jigsaw puzzle. Located in HMC’s Phoenix office, Suzanne will be instrumental in serving and expanding our healthcare client base by working with owners, consultants, contractors, and internal team members to ensure that all projects stay on scope, schedule, and budget.
How and where did your career in architecture begin?
I took a roundabout road to architecture. I have an undergraduate degree in visual arts from the University of Arizona, and I worked as a graphic designer in the advertising industry. After a few years, I went back to graduate school and pursued an architecture degree at Arizona State.
What unique experience and skillsets do you bring to HMC that our healthcare clients would like to know about?
I bring a wealth of healthcare experience in everything from primary care clinic tenant improvements to ground-up inpatient buildings and complex interior renovations. I also have a special passion for behavioral health design.
How do you see architecture profession evolving, and where do you see us going?
The architecture field is becoming more collaborative. There is simply too much to know and do for one person—or even one discipline— to create a successful project. I love to integrate with smart people so that we can share our knowledge and insight and come up with great design solutions—and then see them realized for our clients, their patients, and their communities. I feel that designers, engineers, and contractors are just as much a part of the “care team” as the physicians and nurses we work with, and I feel the same responsibility to the community as they do.
What attracted you to HMC?
As one of the largest healthcare architecture practices in the country, joining HMC will allow me to continue to grow my expertise and expand my reach into larger projects and markets.
What motivated you to become a healthcare architect?
Hospitals are complex, busy places, and they need both logical analysis as well as creativity and spirit to work for the body and soul. I also feel that this is a great way to put my design skills to use for the betterment of my community. If you think about it, some of the best—and worst—moments of life take place in healthcare facilities. It’s a great honor and responsibility to play a part in those moments.
What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your work and how do you want to be remembered?
I want to make my community better through more effective and innovative healthcare, delivered via more sustainable, efficient, and beautiful buildings.
What are your passions outside of architecture?
In addition to work, my husband, our two kids and our pets keep me really busy. But my personal passion is visual arts. If you ever call and I don’t answer my phone, chances are I’m sitting behind my pottery wheel with my hands covered in clay. I also love to draw and paint, and when I travel, I spend most of my time in art museums.