David Watkins, FAIA

Member, EYP Board of Directors

Having recently retired from architecture, David remains as a Member of the EYP Board of Directors. Formerly the Healthcare Sector Leader, David spent his 38-year career advocating for mission-driven clients and providing strategic guidance to maximize the value of their 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 served in leadership positions at all levels of the American Institute of Architects.


In the current political climate of constantly shifting national healthcare policy, healthcare architects and their clients are facing new challenges when it comes to long-term planning. Former EYP Healthcare Sector Leader David Watkins recently authored the article, “The Future of Healthcare Architecture: Obstacles and Opportunities Abound,” for Building Design + Construction, exploring these challenges, along with strategies and opportunities for architects to make meaningful recommendations to provide long term value to their healthcare clients and the communities they serve.

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 Hospitals and medical centers in big cities, however, have little or no room to grow, and they can't demolish outdated facilities without first having opened a new one.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.