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The Changemaker: Looking Back to Move Forward

When: January 5, 2023
Time: 12:00pm Pacific
Price: FREE

1.5 units EDAC continuing education
1.5 units AIA continuing education**
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms will be made available day of webinar


This webinar has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 5, 2023. If you have already registered for this event, your registration has been transferred to the new date and you do not need to do anything.

Conversation and the exchange of experiences, insights and expectations among exemplars of the healthcare and design industries.

Dialogue Details

  • 75 minutes
  • Guided panel discussion
  • Interactive, live attendee chat with extended, facilitated Q&A
  • Post-dialogue recording, resources, and chat notes


Over the past 50 years, the evolution of healthcare design has seen dramatic, and often times revolutionary changes that have had profound, positive impacts on how care is delivered and received. These changes have been shepherded by icons of the industry whose leadership has had lasting impact. 

This webinar offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear from a titan of the industry—A. Ray Pentecost III and the recipient of 2022 Center for Health Design Changemaker Award—who will share his insights on how healthcare design has evolved, where it is headed, and the future of healthcare design. 

In this casual conversation amongst colleagues and friends, Ray will share his real-world experiences and memorable stories from his career including the transition from “design for health care” to “design for health and wellness”, the critical evolution of evidence-based design, and the importance of lifelong learning and bringing your whole person to the table. Most importantly, the conversation will help guide attendees towards a path forward and shed light on their view of the opportunities for the future of healthcare delivery and design. 


Sponsored By


VOICES is The Center for Health Design’s premier visionary discussion forum. These hosted interactive webinar panels engage key leaders, from across our industry in discussions that address critical issues, trends, and opportunities of importance in Healthcare and the future of the built environment.

  • Each session will feature a panel of exemplars who will share their experiences from their unique perspectives with a guided discussion and facilitated Q&A.
  • The facilitated format will have extended Q&A with live chat from virtual attendees, post-session recording, and chat notes available.
  • The series's goals are to help individuals and organizations make a difference by illuminating key opportunities, strategies, and innovations while providing a clear link to helpful and thought-provoking resources at the end of each session.  


Learning Objectives

  • Identify efforts to advance the practice of evidence-based design and the design research that has had a profound impact on healthcare design practice and patient outcomes.
  • Consider how to rethink design of healthcare environments that support patients through evidence-based design for safer health and wellness outcomes.
  • Explore the history of evidence-based healthcare design and the impact the work has had on innovation and the evolution of healthcare design practices.
  • Advance various approaches to design practice to create safer, person/patient-centered, and equitable healthcare environments for both patients and caregivers.



Presenting Faculty


D. Kirk Hamilton, PhD, EDAC, FAIA, FACHA
Julie & Craig Beale Endowed Professor of Health Facility Design College of Architecture, Texas A&M University

Kirk is the Julie & Craig Beale Endowed Professor of Health Facility Design at Texas A&M University where he has taught healthcare design at the graduate level since 2004. His academic research is about the relationship of evidence-based health facility design to measurable organizational performance. His five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture is from the University of Texas in Austin. His Master’s Degree in Organization Development is from Pepperdine University, and he completed a PhD in Nursing & Healthcare Innovation at Arizona State University, studying nurse movement patterns and interaction with objects in the ICU patient room.


William J. Hercules, FAIA, FACHA, FACHE
President/CEO, WJH Health

Bill Hercules inspires healthcare leadership teams, by shaping their future places of care. Having planned and/or executed work for healthcare clients totaling 26.3-MSF and $10.2B(PV), Bill’s cross-disciplinary approach to bold ideation leads healthcare leaders to accelerate progress by creating frameworks that attract the future through inquiry within organizations, and by approaches outside of healthcare’s historical channels.

Bill founded WJH Health, a global consultancy that resolves the nexus of mission, health, performance, and experience for future-oriented health systems. He is the only practicing global triple-Fellow in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).



A. Ray Pentecost III, DrPH, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP
Ronald L. Skaggs FAIA and Joseph G. Sprague FAIA Chair of Health Facilities Design; Director, Center for Health Systems & Design, College of Architecture & College of Medicine, Texas A&M University; 2020-2023 Director, UIA-Public Health Group

Dr. Ray Pentecost is the Director of the Center for Health Systems & Design (CHSD) in the Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Architecture and holds the Ronald L. Skaggs and Joseph G. Sprague Chair of Health Facilities Design. He is a registered Architect, Board Certified in the healthcare architecture specialty, and a Fellow in both the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and the American College of Healthcare Architects (FACHA). Ray is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a former Licensed Long Term Care Administrator, and an ordained minister.

In 2012 Ray was one of only eight individuals named to Healthcare Design Magazine’s list of “The Most Influential People in Healthcare Design.” Ray is the Immediate Past President of the American College of Healthcare Architects, the Immediate Past President of the International Academy for Design and Health in Stockholm, and a two-time Past President of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health. Most recently, he was the recipient of The Center's 2022 Changemaker Award. Read about Ray here.