Sustainability Expert Robin Guenther

"Sustainable Health Care Architecture: How Health Care Is Responding to Ideas about Buildings and Health, Both Nationally and Globally"

October 21, 2010 
Student Union, Apollo Room

Robin Guenther is an architect who has dedicated her 30-plus-year career to designing health care facilities that are not only conducive to healing but also environmentally sustainable. She has helped shape healthier, more welcoming facilities for nearly every medical institution in New York City, earning Healthcare Design magazine's "#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare" in 2009 and winning The Center for Health Design's Changemaker Award in 2005 for her efforts to improve and support change in the healing environment.

Guenther earned her Master of Architecture degree in 1978 from the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Today, as a principal at the architectural firm of Perkins+Will, she is a national leader in the conversation linking public health, regenerative design, and sustainability. She is particularly skilled at achieving consensus for sustainable ideas, a quality valued by clients as well as the many advocacy groups with whom she works. Guenther joined Perkins+Will when the firm she founded, Guenther 5 Architects, merged with the larger firm's New York office.

Guenther is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Her many accomplishments include the second LEED® certified health care project in the world, the Patrick Dollard Discovery Health Center in Harris, New York. She was the principal author of the Green Guide for Health Care, the most commonly used method of tracking sustainability in health care spaces today. She is co-author of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture and is currently working with the U.S. Green Building Council to create the LEED® for Healthcare