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  I enjoy proactively solving technical problems and coordinating talented technical professionals to develop projects.

Douglas King

Senior Associate

Chicago, Illinois

In blending technical skills and people skills, Doug brings a wealth of perspective to the design, planning, and leadership of large-scale, highly complex healthcare projects. Well known for his knowledge of healthcare regulatory requirements, he’s also an expert at customizing compliance for owners.

As a technical director and principal on several of the largest healthcare projects ever built in the US, Doug built a reputation for his specific knowledge of the unique challenges presented by high rise healthcare design. He’s an elected member of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings—and the only healthcare representative.

Over the past 20 years—at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Feinberg Galter Pavilion and Prentice Women’s Hospital—Doug was the coordinating project architect for two projects comprising over $1 Billion in work. There, he developed his unique insight into vertical healthcare design for structures in urban environments.

For Doug, nothing beats good mentorship, whether he’s providing the service through peer reviews of healthcare projects or shoring up his table tennis game. Doug believes in learning from the best, and when he’s exploring his out-of-work passions (basketball, softball, or table tennis), he seeks coaching from pro players and former US Olympic coaches. 


If you’re looking forward to hearing more about the challenges of high rise healthcare design (400 feet tall and higher), I’ll be presenting at the spring 2017 IFMA Healthcare Conference in Houston, TX.

Last April I organized, facilitated, and presented at the very first CCHRB High Rise Healthcare Conference.

I coordinated the publication of an article on high rise healthcare design—the first on the topic in any publication. It has since been picked up and translated into Chinese and Hindi. The article was published in the CTUBH Journal and came out coinciding with our spring 2016 conference.

I read Architizer and other design posts on a daily basis through my Twitter feed.

I’m currently promoting the book Manual of Sections by LTL Architects, a book that is restoring the lost art of designing buildings in section view.

Sara Marberry, a prolific blogger in the healthcare design industry has quoted me as saying “Healthcare planners need to think more like public health officials, if we are to effectively address population health management.”

I’m initiating a research project “Creating the healthy living center” that will explore the integration of population health management strategies into US healthcare facilities by leveraging existing talent. The goal? Combatting common reasons that patients fail to get access to quality healthcare.

Several times a year I conduct a short course on various topics at Jilin University in Zhuhai, China. My topics cover hands-on knowledge from a practicing professional—something that is relatively rare in China.

In 2016, I co-hosted the annual Healthcare Architects Education Summit for the American College of Healthcare Architects in Chicago. They’ve asked me to co-host again in 2017.

In the spring 2017, I’ll also be teaching a course for graduate students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on the challenges of designing the urban hospital. Classes will be held in the graduate studio embedded in Stantec’s Chicago office. 

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