2013 Market Winner: Bellevue Medical Center by HDR Architecture

As the winners of the 2013 Design is … Award Market Award, Shaw Contract Group winning firms interviewed as part of a section of Shaw Contract Group blog which will last a year. Throughout the year, readers can learn more about the 48 winning projects and the individuals who perform them. These are their stories.

Aneetha McLellan, Associate Vice President and Director of Interior Architecture, talks to us about always wanting to be a designer, praise from patients and creating soothing spaces.

When did you decide to pursue a profession in design?
Honestly, this is probably one of the easiest questions to answer. I never thought of anything else honestly! I knew from the age of 4 that I wanted to be an architect or be in the profession of architecture. I remember looking at a dictionary to see what the word meant…….and the first thing it said was, “the art of…..” and that is all I needed to hear. I absolutely loved art and anything affiliated with the arts. So it stuck and it never went away. Any chance I could get I always researched about famous architects and their specific language and style of design. I only waiver slightly from this and became and interior designer. No regrets whatsoever!

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What are you most proud of?
There are many things that make me immensely proud of this project so sometimes it is hard to define one. But I think the biggest piece that I know I can say is, that a “team” of individuals with an overall objective came together and never once strayed course of what that ultimate goal was for this project. Each member played a part and understood the philosophy, design creed and mission and values of this project. The concept was strong, the team members were strong and most important the client was strong. A strong team makes a strong project.

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What is the patients and families’ reaction to the space?
I think a testament in an environment is the reaction of your peers when they themselves were unintentionally immersed in the environment. This happened to a fellow co-worker with his mother. This co-worker felt so strongly about the space they made an immediate effort to call and express his views on the overall environment. He stated that he couldn’t believe that this hospital was even a hospital. It was just stunning and so soothing. He went on to say that every little detail to the final selection of artwork was thoroughly throughout and felt like it was a perfect fit for the facility. You know the that the environment in which you design is truly a success when your own peers feel strongly to convey the message of this success.

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