Why did you choose to focus on healthcare environments?
I’m actually pretty scared of hospitals! I always wanted to work with public buildings, but I never imagined I’d be designing buildings for healthcare. This has been a bit of a coincidence. But now that I’ve worked in healthcare for a few years, my interest has grown. We’re doing something really important for society, and I really feel that I can make a difference for people in difficult situations.
What makes healthcare projects interesting from an architect’s perspective?
They’re just so complex, and there are so many issues and perspectives that you have to take into account. I work mostly with the early stages and strategic planning. This is the stage before the project comes to life, when we map all the needs that exist, the current buildings, and their condition. We also look at whether any activities require new premises and where they should be located. Based on this, we develop several options to then find the best solution for everyone. It’s like putting together a very complicated puzzle! We work very closely with the organisation and there are many perspectives to take into account. Although patients and their relatives are always at the centre of our work, hospitals are also a workplace, and we try to involve all professional groups in our projects.