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2005 Changemaker: Robin Guenther, AIA, LEED, AP

Healthcare green design advocate and architect Robin Guenther, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Guenther 5 Architects in New York, N.Y., is a strategic thinker who is now at the crossroads of design, policy, and market segments. She has successfully linked her architecture practice with wider advocacy efforts and made a difference by pushing beyond the norm, offering better solutions than what society had come to expect were possible."


In addition to tackling healthcare projects and strategic visioning for clients, Robin dedicates much of her time to numerous organizations focused on sustainable design practices. Collaborating with others, she has contributed to many influential publications and standards in the field, including the LEED module for healthcare construction, sustainability chapter for NYC's revised building code, "Green Guide for Health Care," "Environment of Care" chapter in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2005 "Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital & Healthcare Facilities," "Green Guidance Statement," and the "AIA Architectural Graphic Standards."


Named by Interiors & Sources magazine as a "Champion of the Environment," Robin is actively involved in several organizations focused on the regulatory environment and healthcare construction standards, including The Center’s own Environmental Standards Council, AIA 2005 Guideliens for Healthcare Construction, AIA-NY Health Facilities Committee.


In addition to all of her advocacy efforts, Robin still manages to run a thriving architecture and consulting practice. The Patrick H. Dollard Health Center she designed in upstate New York was one of the first healthcare facilities to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council. Her projects have received national design awards and have been published in Contract, Healthcare Design, Interior Design, Interiors, Interiors & Sources, and Metropolis.