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CINDY BECKHAM

Principal and healthcare studio leader, SmithGroup,
Washington, D.C.

M O R NING P ER SO N
O R NIG H T O W L?

After spending years in an architecture firm, Beckham
took her design skills to the owner side where she was ready
to settle into a career at Mercy. But she found herself called back
to the firm life two years ago, and today is spending her days focused on facility
planning and operational design while balancing changes driven by the COVID-19
pandemic (and keeping her cat off work-from-home video calls). -Anne DiNardo

The first day of sixth grade, my parent's house was
destroyed by a tornado. Our family rebuilt the
house, and I got to help design parts of it. This got
me interested in drawing ideas I had in my head
and seeing them built.

YOU WERE THE EXECUTIVE
D I R E C T O R O F FA C I L I T Y
D E S I G N F O R M E R C Y. W H A T
DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT
T H AT E X P E R I E N C E ?
Engaging the patients and staff in advisory groups,
creating operational designs with them, and then
following up to measure the improvements. I also
loved working with the Sisters of Mercy personally,
learning about the organization and designing
templates that reflected their history and passion.

WHY DID YOU RETURN TO THE
FIRM ENVIRONMENT?
I had worked on the firm side for 15 years prior to
going to the client side. Frankly, I didn't intend to
go back to the firm side of the business until I met
the people at SmithGroup. It felt like a family and
their passion for design was infectious.

THREE UNEXPECTED ITEMS
ON YOUR DESK

1 a cribbage board
2 at least three rolls of trace. I
love to think through my ideas
by hand.

3 my cat on my home desk.
She likes to make cameo
appearances on conference
calls.

OUTSIDE THE OFFICE, WE'D
L I K E LY F I N D Y O U ...

C O F F EE O R T EA ?
Hot coffee and iced tea

H O W D ID YO U
M A KE YO UR F IR ST
D O LLA R ?
Pulling weeds from
the bean field on my
parent's farm

YO UR H ID D EN
TA LENT S?
Volleyball and math

YO UR G O -T O
KA R A O KE SO NG ?
"Grapefruit Moon"
by Tom Waits

At the dog park, doing home projects, or at the
hardware store to prepare for the home project.

W H AT ' S A N E W H A B I T O R
HOBBY YOU'VE PICKED UP
S I N C E T H E C O R O N AV I R U S
PA N D E M I C ?
Eating breakfast. Without the commute, I'm able
to actually sit down and have breakfast every
morning.

T H R E E H E A LT H C A R E P R O J E C T S
YOU'VE WORKED ON IN THE
LAST YEAR AND YOUR ROLE

1
2
3

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, in Washington, D.C., facility planning

IF YO U W ER EN'T
A N A R C H IT EC T
YO U W O ULD BE...
A psychologist. I enjoy
hearing people's stories
and think a career
focused on active
listening would be
intriguing.

F IC T IO N O R NO NF IC T IO N?
Nonfiction for sure.
Anything history.

Veterans Administration Mental Health Design Guide
update, creating design template and design narratives

Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center,
Athens, Ga., principal in charge and transitional
planning

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AUGUST 2020

HCDMAGAZINE.COM

LA ST T IM E YO U
D A NC ED ?
Last week, with my dog

SMITHGROUP (PIEDMONT)

WHEN DID YOU KNOW
A R C H I T E C T U R E WA S T H E
CAREER FOR YOU?

Not mornings!


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Healthcare Design - August 2020
Editorial
Show Talk
Remote Impact
Signs of the Times
Design Inspiration
Photo Tour
Acute Condition
Holistic Hospitality
Operations Resetting T H E S Tage
Product Spotlight Surfaces
The Center
Welcome
2020 Design Show Case Jury / Award Winners and Finalists
Award of Merit: Trend Setter
Award of Merit: Southern Charm
Honorablemention : Water - Front Wonder
Honorablemention : Iconic Innovation
Honorablemention: Coastal Hero
Right Spots
Project Directory
Healthcare Design Showcase
Face Time
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Healthcare Design - August 2020 - The Center
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Healthcare Design - August 2020 - 2020 Design Show Case Jury / Award Winners and Finalists
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Healthcare Design - August 2020 - Award of Merit: Southern Charm
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Healthcare Design - August 2020 - Honorablemention : Water - Front Wonder
Healthcare Design - August 2020 - Honorablemention : Iconic Innovation
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Healthcare Design - August 2020 - Honorablemention: Coastal Hero
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