Tushar Gupta, AIA

Lead Designer

Tushar is an award-winning Designer specializing in healthcare. He joined the firm in 2000 as a Tradewell Fellow, a national level fellowship offered by WHR in healthcare design and planning. His design leadership, along with the ability to lead clients, projects and teams, elevated him to Principal in 2006. He was recognized in Building Design + Construction Magazine 40 under 40 as well as Houston Business Journal 40 Under 40. Tushar’s ability for creating design concepts that are rooted in people, place and project distinguishes him from other architectural designers. His knowledge of medical planning leads to better integration of form and function.


Under the Planetree: The Design Philosophy of "Embrace, Care, Heal"

by Tushar Gupta

Lobby of Stamford Hospital

The Planetree philosophy filters all decisions through three focused lenses – Empowerment, Dignity and Compassion – with an underlying focus on safety, effectiveness, and well-being for patients and caregivers. Embracing this human-centered approach helps hospitals reimagine the healing experience and negotiate the challenges associated with the rapidly changing healthcare arena.

Focus on Wellness

by Tushar Gupta, Laurie Waggener

Stamford Hospital

Can healthcare facilities promote patient and staff wellness while also engaging with the community and incorporating other sustainability principles? Thanks to organizations like Planetree and the Urban Land Institute's Health Places Initiatives, there is a growing awareness of the link between design and well-being. In this article from Medical Construction & Design, Tushar and Laurie provide snapshots of current buildings and features that address these issues, all while applying the latest techniques for infection control.

People-centered Design

by Bhargav Goswami, Tushar Gupta, Mark Vaughan

We believe that we are human beings, caring for other human beings. That simple, profound statement is at the top of the list of Planetree beliefs. Although not every hospital is a part of the Planetree organization, an international advocacy group that partners with healthcare providers to create and support patient-centered care and cultures, healthcare facilities across the country are keenly focused on caring for patients, families and, just as importantly, staff.

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 of Jersey Shore Ocean Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health

Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Neptune, NJ

Specialty Services

The region’s only academic university-level teaching center and clinical research facility has undergone a transformational modernization and expansion.

View of Ocean Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health

Ocean Medical Center, Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center

Brick, NJ

Specialty Services

Evidence-based design utilizes data from our evaluation of OMC’s sister hospital to inform and improve unit design.

Stamford Lobby interior

Stamford Hospital

New Stamford Hospital

Stamford, CT

Greenfields & Suburban Hospitals

A new Planetree hospital balances high tech and high touch to personalize, humanize, and demystify healthcare.

Exterior rendering of North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital

UNC REX Healthcare

North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital

Raleigh, NC

Specialty Services

Consolidating existing services at Rex into one convenient leading-edge facility improves access and care for patients and their families.

View of Hospital

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital

Tyler, TX

Specialty Services

Benchmarking the nation’s top heart hospitals informed the design for this regional leader in cardiac care.

Longs Peak Hospital


Longs Peak Hospital

Longmont, CO


The design of Longs Peak Hospital embodies UC Health’s mission to improve lives through learning, healing and discovery, and human connection.