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With a practice focused exclusively on healthcare design, Array Architects has observed firsthand how the power of art can heal and inspire patients and caregivers.



    The Healing Power of Art

  • UH Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital 22

    Capital Health Medical Center Hopewell 36

    St. Elizabeth Healthcare 46

    Overview 6

    Firm Profile 4

    UH Seidman Cancer Center 12

    UH Ahuja Medical Center 26

    Table of Contents

  • UH Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital 22


    Capital Health Medical Center Hopewell 36

    St. Elizabeth Healthcare 46

    UH Seidman Cancer Center 12

  • Firm Profile

    We are a team of architects and designers with unique

    backgrounds, but we all have one thing in common we

    share a strong desire to use our expertise and knowledge

    to design solutions that will help people in moments that

    matter most.

    This focus makes us leaders in our field. We are the

    highest ranking healthcare-only practice in Modern

    Healthcares 2013 design firm rankings.

    The complex, changing world of healthcare requires a

    team of effective communicators and true collaborators.

    Our 30 year history of being dedicated to healthcare

    holds countless stories of discovering optimal solutions

    with our clients.

    Architecture is about relationships.Relationships with spaces, objectsand most importantly people.

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  • Environments have the power to set our expectations, lift our spirits, and inspire hope.

    Waiting AreaPhotography: Kevin G. Reeves

  • Environments have the power to set our expectations, lift our spirits, and inspire hope.


    The design of the interior environment can positively affect the expectations of patients and their loved ones. To inspire confidence and reduce stress, the environments must be in-sync with an organizations reputation, mission and core values. A well-conceived environment will positively influence employee service, attitudes and behaviors. Colors, textures, patterns, artwork and graphics must be carefully selected, well coordinated and integrated into the overall design to resonate with patients, families and staff.

  • Click hereto view our thought leadership

    on healing environments

    AdvAncinG cultuRAl PRoGRAmminG in heAlthcARe

    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Society for

    Arts In Healthcare brought together 40 experts in medicine,

    the arts, social services, media, business, and government to

    develop a strategic plan for advancing cultural programming

    in healthcare. The strategic plan aimed to help advocate

    raises awareness of the benefits of arts in healthcare, better

    document and disseminate research demonstrating its

    value, move toward a national funding base, and develop

    adequate training to educate and train healthcare workers,

    administrators and planners.

    From their initial study conducted in 2004 and through

    subsequent updates, increasing numbers of clinicians and

    other professionals from the medical community are working

    side by side with designers and arts professionals in both

    healthcare and community settings, and around the world the

    arts are emerging as an important and integral component of

    healthcare. In two recent surveys, nearly half of the healthcare

    institutions in the United States reported having arts in

    healthcare programming. The majority of these programs are

    in hospitals, with smaller percentages reported in long-term

    care and hospice/palliative care organizations.

    The Healing Power of Art

  • cafeteriaPhotography: Scott Pease

    (1) the Society for Arts in healthcare Field Reports

    8imPRovinG the PAtientS oveRAll quAlity oF liFe

    Research demonstrates the benefits of the arts in healthcare in hospitals, nursing homes,

    senior centers, hospices, and other locations within the community. Arts in healthcare programs

    and creative arts therapies have been applied to a vast array of health issuesfrom post-

    traumatic stress disorder to autism, mental health, chronic illnesses, Alzheimers and dementia,

    neurological disorders and brain injuries, premature infants, and physical disabilitiesto

    improve patients overall health outcomes, treatment compliance, and quality of life.

    New evidence is emerging that demonstrates that these programs also have an economic

    benefit. Data show that such programs result in patients requiring shorter hospital stays, less

    medication, and having fewer complicationsall of which translates to a reduction in healthcare

    costs. However, much of the research focused on the economic benefits of arts in healthcare is

    anecdote rich and data poor. It is hoped that future analysis of the economic benefits of arts in

    healthcare programs will advance policy conversations about using the arts to simultaneously

    reduce health costs and raise the quality of care.

    Additionally, there is a rich and growing body of research connecting arts in healthcare

    programs to improved quality of care for patients, their families, and even medical staff. Studies

    have proven that integrating the arts into healthcare settings helps to cultivate a healing

    environment, support the physical, mental, and emotional recovery of patients, communicate

    health and recovery information, and foster a positive environment for caregivers that reduces

    stress and improves workplace satisfaction and employee retention. (1)

    With a practice focused exclusively on healthcare design, Array Architects has observed first hand how the power of art can heal and inspire both patients and caregivers.

    The Healing Power of Art

  • University HospitalsSeidman Cancer CenterCleveland, OH

    to heAl, to teAch, to diScoveR

    The UH Art Collection was created in 1988 to advance

    University Hospitals mission: To Heal, To Teach, To Discover.

    It is hoped that the presence of art will calm, uplift and delight

    patients, visitors and employees. The Systems mission came

    to the forefront during the art selection process for their new

    Seidman Cancer Center.

    University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center is one of only

    12 freestanding cancer hospitals that are part of a National

    Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    The 375,000 SF, nine-story, 120-bed cancer center, located

    on University Hospitals Case Medical Center Campus, was

    designed using evidence-based design principles and input

    from caregivers, patients and clinicians.

    The planning for Seidman Cancer Center began two years

    prior to construction beginning and actively engaged

    caregivers, patients and their families in the process. Patient

    and family members shared their perspectives through

    questionnaires, focus group sessions and by touring mock-

    up rooms. Their feedback was directly responsible for several

    design elements.

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    this installation, by marc Golub, entitled cancer Speaks captures the cancer journey, produced within the Gathering Place, of Seidman patients.

    Click here to view more work from Marc Golub.

    Photography: Kevin G. Reeves

  • the radiation oncology department is located in the sub-basement due to equipment shielding requirements. the water feature in the waiting area reflects light from skylights and provides a soothing backdrop for patients and their families.

    this installation, by Gary Bukovnik, entitled may Amaryllis, calla lilly, iris is located inside the radiation oncology department and provides a bright and uplifting glimpse of nature for patients.

    this installation, by Woods davy, entitled catamar 11-

    14-10 is located in the main elevator lobby and provides a focal point for meditation in a

    space that is often overlooked when planning art installations.

    Photography: Kevin G. Reeves

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    Arrays Practice Area Leader for Interior Design,

    Patricia D. Malick, AAHID, EDAC, Lean Green Belt and

    University Hospitals Art Curator Trudy Wiesenberger,

    met with patient and community focus groups to

    explore imagery which resonated with them. The

    power of art was embraced as a positive distraction

    to lift spirits, calm, and inspire hope. Selected imagery

    and various art mediums represent the enduring

    qualities of nature, the meditative qualities of water,

    and peace and serenity.

    Much of the art in the building carries nature themes,

    consistent with patient input and with the hospitals

    intention to focus on the healing qualities of nature.

    Original, abstract art was also carefully selected

    and placed to provide opportunities for patients and

    visitors to engage in a very real and personal way and

    to stimulate imagination, escape and even whimsy.

    This collection resulted in 325 original pieces of art

    featuring local, national and international artists of


    The variety of media is intended to provide warmth,

    texture and depth to the healing environment,

    Wiesenberger explained. We strive to make the

    hospital a welcoming place. The art at University

    Hospitals is meant to engage the head and the heart,

    the body and the brain.

    this waiting area, adjacent to the outpatient Service entrance, features a seating area designed to offer a place of quiet and respite. to the left, you can see the 4-story mobile by Brad howe entitled Sea Rhythm.

  • Patricia D. Malick, AAHID, EDAC, Lean Green Belt

    Principal and Practice Area leader, interior design

    Healing Environments

    Environments have the power to set our expectations, lift our spirits and inspire hope. This is what motivates me to create spaces which mitigate the challenges faced by all who enter a healthcare facility.

  • visitors are greeted at the reception area by a beautiful collage by therman Statom entitled nueva historias (new histories)

    Photography: Kevin G. Reeves

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    By placing artwork of similar shape and size behind reception areas, it provides both a positive distraction for patients as well as offers landmarking and wayfinding assistance.

  • Click here to view more work from Virginia Burt.

    Rock Garden Entrance Photography: Kevin Reeves

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    Healing GardenscReAte A SAnctuARy

    Noted landscape architect Virginia Burt used nature and art to connect

    patients with the healing power of nature. The Schneider Healing Garden,

    adjacent to the Seidman Cancer Hospital, offers a place of respite,

    rejuvenating and restfulness. This intricate granite labyrinth is 11 circuit

    Chartres pattern and is made of 955 pieces of hand-cut stone, is the

    gardens centerpiece and is designed for walking meditation.

    Photography: Kevin G. Reeves

  • It has been proven that walking a labyrinth at any age can lower a persons heart rate and blood pressure.

    to view our thought leadership on ecotherapy

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    the 13,000 SF garden features sculptures, sloping walkways and more than 75 plant species. the garden focuses on the four elements of earth, Wind, Fire and Water through various rock walls, sculptures and artwork installations. A snowmelt system keeps the pattern free of ice and snow, ensuring year-round accessibility.

    the healing Garden features a water fountain that features a lighting sequence that reflects the seven chakras.

    Photography: Kevin G. Reeves

    Click hereto view our thought leadership

    on ecotherapy

  • University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital Cleveland, OH

    quentin & elizABeth AlexAndeR neonAtAl intenSive cARe unit

    Consistently ranked among the nations top pediatric hospitals,

    Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital is renowned for its

    Neonatal intensive care program.

    To address the capacity demands as well as provide a model

    of care infused with the latest in evidence-based design and

    family-centered care, University Hospitals, engaged Array to

    provide programming, planning, peer review and interior design &

    wayfinding services to work in tandem with Parkin Architects, Ltd.

    for a replacement unit. To fulfill the concept, a bridge spanning an

    interior courtyard was designed to connect the fourth floor public

    elevator lobbies of an 11 story hospital tower to the new Neonatal

    Intensive Care Unit lobby. Working with curator Trudy Weisenberger,

    the bridge provided an opportunity to create an art gallery with high

    and low art niches which delight family members of all ages.

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    the bridge was designed to create a distinct front door and create an engaging area of respite away from the bedside, where families can walk, make phone calls and experience the art.

    Photography: Scott Pease

  • At the midway point of the bridge a large window

    seat was incorporated which overlooks the courtyard

    which includes a whimsical sculpture garden. During

    the day, sun filters through colored glass panels

    casting interesting shapes and shadows.

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    At night, families are delighted by a constellation of led starlight elements.

    Art niches engage parents and siblings at a variety of heights.

    Photography: Scott Pease

  • hiGh-quAlity

    The art collection installed at UH Ahuja Medical Center, the

    Systems newest community hospital, caught the interest of

    the International Academy for Design and Health who awarded

    the hospital a High Commendation in the category of Use of

    Art in the Patient Environment.

    Arrays Interior Design Practice Leader, Patricia D. Malick,

    AAHID, EDAC and UH Art Curator, Trudy Wiesenberger, worked

    in tandem throughout the design process to ensure that the

    material selections, lighting and art selections were well-

    integrated, aesthetically appropriate, properly scaled, and

    would represent established and emerging, local, national

    and international artists through mixed media. The interior

    architecture, finish materials and artwork marry beautifully

    and the result is an eclectic, sophisticated, high-quality

    collection that visitors describe as a fine, small art museum.

    Wiesenberger, now retired and who had previously worked

    as an instructor at the Cleveland Museum of Art, joined the

    hospital system and put together a patient-friendly collection

    that today includes roughly 2,000 pieces.

    Wiesenberger designed the collection to provoke thought

    and curiosity, to encourage reflection, to delight, uplift and

    comfort. Artwork is in virtually all the patient and exam and

    consultation rooms. The hospitals collection includes not only

    paintings and prints, but ceramics, textiles and metal, wood

    and glass sculptures. Sometimes Wiesenberger commissions

    art for specific locations. In other instances, good posters

    picturing fine art pieces suffice.

    Click here to learn more about Trudy Wiesenbergers collections.

    Ahuja Medical CenterUniversity HospitalsBeachwood, OH

    the glass sculpture entitled tRuSt positioned in the visitor elevator lobby conveys a powerful message.

    Photography: Scott Pease

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  • Laura Morris, AAHID, LEED AP BD+C, IIDA, Lean Green Belt

    Senior interior designer

    Patient Experience

    Some of lifes most poignant moments- from childbirth to a cancer diagnosis- occur in the spaces we design. Ultimately, these spaces are about people and supporting them in a quiet and beautiful way.

  • enGAGement

    The placement of art, in focal areas, patient spaces and staff support

    zones, was carefully conceived. Works range from lithographs,

    photography, hand blown glass, ceramics, to paintings. The 250

    original works of art acquired or commissioned for Ahuja Medical

    Center followed a series of guiding principles which included criteria

    that work should be responsive to the community and of a healing


    For everyone who spends time at Ahuja Medical Center or any of the

    University Hospitals patients, visitors, caregivers and staff the art

    collection is designed to uplift, comfort and calm, to provoke thought

    and curiosity, to encourage reflection, to delight in the moment, and to

    inspire confidence and hope.

    Didactics play an important role in the Ahuja Medical Center

    collection. Alongside each original work of art, there is a descriptive

    label that informs the patients, visitors and employees about the

    artist, the technique, the intention.

    A self-guided tour booklet is available, so patients and families

    can take time to engage with each piece and gain an even deeper

    understanding of the artists vision.

    this experience begins in the lobby, where visitors take in from all angles the serenity of chimney vase, a glass sculpture by Brent Kee young, glass artist and cleveland institute Art Professor. Click here to view more work from Brent Kee Young.

    A series of Art Glass pieces from uhs permanent collection are strategically placed on pedestals along a connecting concourse.

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    clinical areas also feature artwork, placed to provide interest and positive distractions for caregivers.

    Ahuja was recognized for its innovation in Patient quality of life because it created many therapeutic indoor and outdoor areas for patients and staff. Respite areas including a meditation space with beautiful wood sculpture by norbert Koehn. the Bikur cholim room is an adjacent meditative space respectful of the orthodox community needs.

    Photography: Scott Pease

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    the two story dining area creates a sense of awe through a major installation imagined by trudy Weisenberger. She spearheaded the commission by dale chihuly, featuring a 36 wide site-specific hand-blown glass installation called Ahuja Azure, citron and Amber Persian Wall, comprised of 112 Persian glass elements attached to stainless steel armatures. it was gifted by generous friends of university hospitals.

    Photography: Scott Pease

  • Special attention was given to sourcing local artists on the inpatient floors. cleveland native Jeffrey Biggars photography series can be found in one such patient corridor; familiar imagery resonates with patients.

    Artwork was used to help with landmarking and wayfinding on the inpatient floors.

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    Selecting vibrant colors in sync with the inherent energy of an active emergency department provide a strong backdrop for beautiful imagery that can afford a welcome relief from stress.

    Photography: Scott Pease

  • WoW, i cAnt Believe itS A hoSPitAl

    For this six-story, 570,000 SF new hospital with an integrated

    330,000 SF Medical Office Building, the Hospitals Steering

    Committee tasked Array with creating an environment where

    patients and visitors would exclaim: Wow, I cant believe its

    a hospital. The design needed to be welcoming, provide a

    personal experience unlike any other hospital, and support the

    delivery of exceptional care.

    Focus groups provided different perspectives on every aspect

    of the design: from patient experience (amenities, menu,

    toiletries, visitation, etc.) to safety and infection control and

    then we translated the information gathered into our design.

    Capital Health HopewellGreenfield HospitalPennington, NJ

    color-cued elevator banks help visitors identify inpatient and outpatient wings of the hospital while custom sculptures themed for each floor enhance in navigation between floors.

    collaborators: hKS, inc.lin SwenssonStacy Kent

    Photography: Blake marvin / hKS, inc.

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  • the hospital features a dedicated pediatric ed with its own waiting area. tom montanari, a local artist, was commissioned to paint scenes of local fields and hot air balloons soaring two stories high.

    Photography: Blake marvin / hKS, inc.

  • oF the community

    A strong element to the healing environment theme was art. For the interior spaces, Array worked

    in tandem with Lin Swensson, the project art consultant specializing in healthcare and Kent Design,

    a firm specializing in environmental graphics, signage, wayfinding and visual communications

    to develop a call-to-artists to support Capital Healths philosophy that the art should be of the

    community. Lin Swensson worked with local artists and Judith Brodsky at Rutgers Universitys

    Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions (where the printmaking also occurred), to ensure locally

    sourced works of art. More than 800 permanent pieces are on display at the Hopewell campus, with

    rotating exhibits adding new works throughout the year. Stacy Kent led the heritage recognition

    installations which included large murals depicting the hospitals bucolic setting, rich history,

    strong ties to the community; artifacts made up a special part of each installation.


    Reflecting on their proximity to the delaware River and trenton, nJ, the artist, colleen Attara creates fantastical scenes with local inspiration.

    As you approach the Pediatric unit, a large interactive waiting area entertains children with wall murals made of recycled resin, shaped and painted to create a whimsical three-dimensional scene.

  • StRonG locAl connectionS

    Lins indoor and outdoor installations also included

    works from the Sculpture Foundation, a local

    organization with a public sculpture garden, to

    offer their artists additional open space for their

    masterpieces to be displayed for the public to enjoy.

    State of the Arts Click the video above to watch a PBS special of how Lin Swensson, art consultant for Capital Health, put the art collections together to create a healing experience.


    A dramatic two-story mural by artist don Gensler, this wall emphasizes the founding and transformation of the medical center and the power of art in healing.

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    this wall, created from local stone and custom designed clay mosaics by linda laStella, celebrates the community and the Systems two campuses near the delaware River.

    in addition to the permanent art installations, a gallery adjacent to the four story atrium features rotating exhibitions by local artists.

    Click here to read more on the collection at Capital Health.

    in addition to artwork commissioned specifically for the new hospital, world-renowned architect, michael Graves, a Princeton, nJ resident, created a series of one-of-a-kind paintings and designed a pergola installation on hospital grounds.

    Photography: Blake marvin / hKS, inc.

  • While a new Greenfield hospital, capital health wanted to capture their history in the region and worked with Kent design to commission local artists to submit ideas for mural installations designed around five main themes, community, compassion, Generosity, Growth & inspiration. the mural art for each history wall was created by a different artist. this wall, with mural painted by illia Barger, themed Growth, features articles and surgical instruments from the original hospital located in trenton, nJ.

    Recognizing the importance of philanthropy, this history wall with mural by david Guinn, celebrates capital healths history of philanthropy as well as their outreach programs in the community.

    this history wall, themed compassion, is located outside the Birthing center. it focuses on the continual thread of compassion at capital health in the history of the nursing and education in maternity and infant care. Artifacts from the maternity wing at the original campus are highlighted within a mural painted by meg Saligman.

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    Photography: Blake marvin / hKS, inc.

  • illuminated ceilings featuring nature scenes add dimension and positive distraction to the diagnostic areas of the hospital.

    Photography: Blake marvin / hKS, inc.

  • PAtient exPeRience

    Using best practice design principles, all rooms are same-handed and have inboard

    patient bathrooms located on the patient headwall helping improve patient safety

    accessing the bathroom while maximizing the window area. The large exterior

    windows provide scenic views and optimize natural light.

    To promote a calming, therapeutic environment, the hospital features bright, airy

    common areas, healing gardens, rooftop gardens, a water wall and outdoor walkways.


    As part of the community effort, students in the print making class at Rutgers university were commissioned to create limited edition prints for each patient room. the theme of each print is tied in some way to the unit it is installed in. the butterfly in the image above is installed in the Pediatric unit.

  • eStABliShinG BRAnd

    Array Architects was retained by St. Elizabeth Healthcare to

    develop a master plan and implement upgrades at facilities

    throughout their system.

    Following a merger/acquisition of two hospitals located in

    the Cincinnati metropolitan area, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

    needed to establish a strong branding effort to unite the two

    systems. A major effort was started to support their mission

    statement to provide comprehensive and compassionate

    care that improves the health of the people [they] serve.

    Array Architects worked collaboratively with St Elizabeth

    Healthcare, Anchor Health Properties and Debbie Fredette

    from The Art Company to establish a design aesthetic for all

    of the campuses that would provide an optimal patient and

    staff experience. The goal is to create a warm, welcoming

    environment with the latest in technology advances. The

    design of the renovated spaces allowed for larger pieces of

    art with a less is more approach. The art is impactful and

    an important part of the new design aesthetic. It creates a

    unifying look throughout all of the facilities while maintaining

    each of the facilities individual preferences.

    St. Elizabeth HealthcareRe-branding Across CampusesCovington, KY - Florence, KY - Fort Thomas, KY

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    Ft. thomas main Street:continuity of artwork style and colors helps to extend the hospitals brand throughout the campuses.

    Photography: Scott Pease

  • Ft. thomas main Street:Florence outpatient entrance:colorful artwork enhances the experience in the outpatient Waiting area.

    A collaborative effort and partnership of the design team and art consultant results in a cohesive and complementary installation across campuses.

    Ft. thomas oncology center for excellence:Artwork is also placed in the clinical areas and offers a positive distraction for patients and caregivers.

    Photography: Scott Pease

  • uniFy cAmPuSeS thRouGh ARt

    St. Elizabeths Ft. Thomas campus maintains its community

    feel with art that evokes gardens. It also has art that, while

    contemporary, is more representational, which resonates

    with the community. Upon entering the facility, the pair

    of canvas paintings creates a sophisticated feeling. They

    are original paintings by a noted local artist. The Oncology

    Center of Excellence combines the state-of-the-art in

    equipment and care with the comforts of home.

    The art provides a splash of color and welcome relief for

    the patient. The waiting area art is calm and serene with the

    Asian inspired gardens that work well with the salt-water


    The community served by St Elizabeths Florence campus

    is a diverse sprawling community with many young families.

    The scale of this facility allowed us to use larger pieces

    of art. The large atrium entry is the perfect setting for a

    suspended sculpture. The shapes within the sculpture

    are mirrored in the painting in the waiting area. The clean

    lines and uncluttered appearance at the entry is continued

    throughout the facility with waiting areas given a bold punch

    of color on the walls and a complementary art treatment

    that enhances the space. Equally thoughtful consideration

    is required whether the space is a public or clinical zone to

    balance the right amount of color and abstraction to add

    the level of sophistication needed to unify the campuses.

    48Ft. thomas main Street:A family waiting room adjacent to Pre and Post op features a seating area designed to offer a place of quiet and respite.

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