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What Does Retail Have to Do With Healthcare Design?

August 5, 2021

In this episode of I Hear Design, Aran McCarthy, principal at Francis Cauffman Architects, talks about the future of healthcare design—specifically how we can reimagine retail spaces for healthcare to bring medical facilities closer to the communities which they serve. Find out how vacant retail stores and other commercial spaces can be effectively retrofitted to accommodate healthcare environments, and the benefits of taking this approach.

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Aram McCarthy, principal, FCAAran A. McCarthy, AIA, NCARB, principal, Healthcare, FCA
Aran has focused his career on healthcare design and innovative architecture. Over the past 23 years, he has led collaborative teams for numerous national healthcare clients across the United States and Europe. His vision guides his clients through the process of building a hospital from the ground up and is a leading advocate and participant in the Integrated Project Delivery process. Aran communicates closely to introduce cutting-edge healthcare design that has benefited his long-term business relationships, resulting in award-winning projects, such as the 2008 Best in Healthcare International Interior Design Award (IIDA), and the 2010 Vista Award for New Construction for Geisinger Health Systems Critical Care Building.
Aran has written many articles on architecture, notably "Collaborative Project Delivery: Better than IPD?" which appeared in Design Intelligence, and "A Culture of Green" about sustainability in healthcare design, featured in Executive Insight. His work has also been showcased in Health Facilities Management and Oculus. Aran has also presented to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) on high-performance healthcare buildings.
Aran holds a BA from Drexel University and a Diploma in Architectural Technology from Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a member of the AIA, NCARB, and The Carpenters Company of Philadelphia.

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