Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc.

Design with Patients in Mind

Tammy Thompson, NCARB, CLC, EDAC

Recent Speaking Engagements

 July 2012:  “Lactation Design:  A Creative Approach to Breastfeeding Support by Allied Professions,” ROSE Breastfeeding Summit, panelist

June 2012:  “Lactation Room Design Solutions,” Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting, presenter

Nov. 2011:  “Patient Empowerment” round table discussion, 2011 Healthcare Design Conference, moderator


“Lactation Space Design: Supporting Evidence-Based 
Practice and The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative,” published in Health Environments Research Design (HERD) Journal.
Coauthor:  LaShawna Heflin, RN

"The Challenges of Extended Postpartum Recovery for
NICU Mothers: A proposed architectural solution," published in AIA Academy Journal.
Coauthor:  LaShawna Heflin, RN

Issue 17 - Hospital/College Studio Collaboration

Issue 12 - Design Impact on Breastfeeding Rates

Issue 11 - Design Solutions for “Always Events

Issue 10 - Design with Compassion

Issue 09 - For Patients: Our Central Focus

Issue 08 - Health Facility Design:  Career or Calling?

Issue 07 - Electronic Charting: A step forward?

Issue 06 - First-Hand Experience Drives Innovation

Issue 05 - Patients Suffering in Pain

Issue 04 - Changes Where They are Needed Most

Issue 02 - The Joint Commission: A Valuable
Resource for Patients

Issue 01 - Volunteer Work: Gain invaluable
experience while giving back

Profession:  Health Facility Design
Professional License:  Architecture
Certifications/Association: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, Certified Lactation Counselor

Executive Leadership Certificate, Cornell University
Master of Architecture, Savannah College of Art & Design
BS Architecture, Ga Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Certificate in Language, Business & Technology (LBAT)


Tammy S. Thompson is a registered architect with diverse experience in design and construction management. She co-chartered the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) of Georgia. After establishing this chapter, she continues to serve Georgia’s healthcare design community as a co-chair and a member of the executive committee. 

Tammy is the president and founder of the Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. (the Institute), a nonprofit organization established to give patients a voice in the design of health environments. Through collaborative efforts with patients, clinicians and designers, she offers innovative solutions to current challenges within health facilities. In 2013, she was named Healthcare Design Magazine’s first “HCD 10 Association/Foundation Executive, and she was honored with Engineering News Record’s Top 20 Under 40 distinctions. Tammy was named to the 2016 AIA Academy Architecture for Health U40 List, an honor given to the top two health care designers under 40. She has authored numerous articles on patient-centered design subjects, published in the Healthcare Design Magazine, the Health Environment Research and Design (HERD) Journal, and the AIA Academy Journal.  As Director of “The Patient Experience Simulation Lab,” Tammy has been recognized nationally for educating designers and hospital stakeholders on key strategies for improving health facility design.  She has contributed to the third edition of the Joint Commission’s Planning, Design, and Construction of Health Care Facilities book, published in August 2015, and Nurses as Leaders in Health Care Design, published in October 2015. 

In 2015, Tammy joined the faculty at the Savannah College of Art & Design as a professor of architecture. She has taught multiple health facility design studios and served as an ambassador for patient-focused design. Tammy is proud to serve as a leader and educator in the specialty of health facility design.