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KARA FREIHOEFER

Director of research, HGA, Milwaukee
Kara Freihoefer's career started off in interior design
before an assignment to conduct a post-occupancy
evaluation for an inpatient unit awakened her natural
curiosity and love of research. Now, as director of research at HGA, she
spends her days studying workflows, discovering anomalies in datasets, and
interviewing subjects. Outside the office, she prefers to head to the nearest trail or
perfect homemade jam recipes.-Anne DiNardo
W H AT D R E W Y O U T O A
CAREER IN INTERIOR DESIGN?
I took a drafting class in high school and knew immediately that the profession was a perfect blend
of math, creativity, and design to suit my interests.
My healthcare focus came later. When I started
at HGA as a graduate intern, I was assigned to
conduct a post-occupancy evaluation of a hospital.
Eventually, I was offered a full-time position as a
research specialist for the healthcare practice.

W H AT L E S S O N D I D Y O U
L E A R N O N T H AT F I R S T
P R O J E C T T H AT Y O U S T I L L
C A R R Y W I T H Y O U T O D AY ?
I learned how fast, agile, and nimble nurses really
are. We design for standard workflows, but nurses
operate to max efficiency and multitask every opportunity they can.

W H AT D O Y O U L I K E M O S T
ABOUT CONDUCTING
RESEARCH?
There's so much I love: data analyses, discovering
anomalies in a dataset, interviewing, writing, etc.
I'm curious, and research allows me to investigate
inquiries in a systematic and reliable way.

THREE UNEXPECTED ITEMS ON
YOUR DESK

1 my son's latest craft creation
2 massage ball to roll out my feet

M O R NING P ER SO N
O R NIG H T O W L?
Morning all the way. My
brain doesn't function
after 9 p.m.

C O F F EE O R T EA ?
Tea, hot and cold.

H O W D ID YO U
M A KE YO UR F IR ST
D O LLA R ?
Babysitting my nieces
during the summer,
and now one of them is
babysitting my kids!

when standing at my desk

3 a scented, stress-relief candle
OUTSIDE THE OFFICE, WE'D
L I K E LY F I N D Y O U ...
On the local trails running, biking, or walking.

YO UR H ID D EN
TA LENT ?
Foosball. My brother and
I got a foosball table for
Christmas when we were
younger, and we perfected our skills through
"friendly" competition.

F AV O R I T E C I T Y T O V I S I T
London. I'm fascinated with the blend of historical and
modern architecture, royalty, and culture.

W H AT ' S A N E W H O B B Y
YOU'VE PICKED UP SINCE THE
C O R O N AV I R U S P A N D E M I C ?

C O C KTA IL O F
C H O IC E?
Mojito, with mint from
our garden.

How to make homemade strawberry and raspberry
jam with fruit grown from our garden. Yum!

YO UR G O -T O
KA R A O KE SO NG ?

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

"Dancing Queen" by
Abba (dedicated to my
father, who played Abba
on the house speakers
during my childhood, so
now I know every word
to every song).

1

Trinity Health of New England, Saint Mary's
Hospital, emergency department renovation, principal
investigator and design researcher

2

STAAT MODTM Strategic, Temporary, Acuityadaptable Treatment modular solution, evidence-based
design adviser

3

Depends on the day, but
a cross-country coach,
small business owner, or
a teacher/professor.
HGA

SSM Health-Dean Medical Group, Fish Hatchery
Campus redevelopment, principal investigator and
design researcher

IF YO U W ER EN'T
A R ESEA R C H ER ,
YO U W O ULD BE ...

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