David Watkins, FAIA

Healthcare Sector Leader

As the Founding Principal of WHR Architects and Healthcare Market Sector Leader for EYP, David is an advocate for mission-driven clients and provides strategic guidance to maximize the value of our clients’ capital investments. As an industry thought-leader, David co-authored Evidence-Based Design for Multiple Building Types, the first definitive book on the subject. Elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 1997 for his outstanding contributions to the profession, David has served in leadership positions at all levels of the American Institute of Architects.


Measuring Up: Methods to Rise Up to Challenges, Needs of Urban Healthcare

by David Watkins, Bhargav Goswami

The availability of healthcare in the United States, especially high-quality healthcare, is uneven. The best healthcare services tend to be found in urban centers, which also have the largest populations. Hospitals and medical centers in big cities, however, have little or no room to grow, and they can't demolish outdated facilities without first having opened a new one. In this article for Medical Design + Construction, David and Bhargav cite examples of how they have helped clients meet the challenges of: land restrictions;  measured growth; uneven distribution of Level 1 Trauma care; and meeting projected volumes.

Representative Projects

Emergency entrance to CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital

CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital

Women & Children's Hospital & Emergency Department Expansion

Alexandria, LA

Greenfields & Suburban Hospitals

A strategic framework guides long-term campus growth and addresses short-term community needs.

Exterior rendering of Houston Methodist Hospital North Campus Expansion

Houston Methodist

North Tower Expansion

Houston, TX


New high-tech ORs will dramatically expand the Hospital’s ability to provide image-guided procedures, reducing the number of open surgeries.

Exterior view of Sugar Land Hospital

Memorial Hermann

Sugar Land Hospital

Sugar Land, TX

Greenfields & Suburban Hospitals

This best-of-class facility emphasizes the client’s attention to the mental, spiritual, and aesthetic aspects of healing.

View of lobby modernization in the Children's Medical Center of Dallas

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

Lobby Modernization

Dallas, TX


A modernized main lobby showcases an interactive exhibit celebrating the centennial of this storied children’s hospital.