I was first drawn to healthcare facility design in my fifth (and final) year studying architecture at IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal, India. In our fourth year we had just completed a project on the theory behind design thinking, and I was attracted to the complexity of operational and building systems that exist in a modern healthcare facility, leading to complex relationships between the constituent parts (different clinical, inpatient and support departments) that made up the whole.
I used to play chess and bridge fairly well, but once I got involved in this multi-dimensional game of architectural design (especially healthcare design) the attraction of these board and card games paled in comparison. For my Bachelor’s of Architecture thesis I chose to redesign the Hinduja Hospital at Mahim, Mumbai, India and enjoyed myself thoroughly. This enjoyment showed up in the grade, “Ex” for excellent.
That was a long time back and I have a lot of designs for hospitals under my belt since then. In this time I have worked for five organizations solely engaged in the design and construction of healthcare facilities. It’s been a long journey, difficult at times, now I find myself at the age of 60 mentoring other architects projects and pursuing a growing interest in green or sustainable healthcare projects.
I have always been comfortable working with a bed in the room since my college days, but never found much opportunity to do so after that. Now in the twilight of my life I have come full circle, as I am working out of my residence I can lie down now and then and let my mind wander. I get my best design “eureka” moments this way.
My best and favourite healthcare facility design has been one I did a long time back, Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, India and it was made possible by having an exceptionally visionary client, the cardiac surgeon Dr Ramakant Panda. Below is a write-up released by AHI’s public relations department.
“Mumbai’s renowned Asian Heart Institute (AHI) has been ranked by an international organisation the “safest cardiac hospital in the world” with the lowest mortality rate, a hospital official said Friday. AHI’s vice chairman and managing director Ramakant Panda said the hospital was accorded the honour among 15 hospitals in eight countries that participated in the International Cardiac Benchmarking survey conducted by the Joint Commission International (JCI). “This included data analysis of more than 6000 cardiac surgeries between October 2009-March 2011,” Panda told IANS here.The 15 JCI accredited hospitals had to provide data captured on a daily basis on the surgeries conducted and reported, set parameters to measure the quality of care provided and cooperate with verification visits by principals, said Panda, who performed heart surgery on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh nearly three years ago.“After the detailed three-year study, AHI has ranked No.1 in terms of ‘lowest complication rates’ and ‘highest survival rates’ as per the JCI survey,” he said.”
I look forward to helping you design your dream healthcare facility in any way I can.

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