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It was in graduate school that Tyler Schwede discovered his passion for healthcare architecture. His newly unveiled interest quickly surged into a desire to combine research and evidence-based design, ultimately making Schwede the ideal candidate for the 2014-2015 HKS Healthcare Fellowship.
The HKS Healthcare Fellowship is a one-year program created to recognize and encourage aspiring, talented recent graduates committed to improving the built healthcare environment through projects, as well as conducting a healthcare-specific study on a topic of interest.
For Schwede, his year-long study will be devoted to continuing an HKS-initiated med-surge analysis, examining inpatient room design and function. "The analysis is in the rough draft stage right now, so I am trying to develop a framework that hope will be useful in the future,” Schwede explained. “I love combining research with design, especially evidence-based design. It is nice to have the opportunity to work in both areas, while cultivating an essential component of the study.”
When speaking of the roots of his healthcare interest, Schwede noted, "All in all, I wanted to do something to help people. Healthcare design is absolutely the biggest arena in which to do that. The compilation of patients, administration and every other factor becomes an enormous puzzle that completely intrigues me."
Schwede graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Urban Design, continuing his studies at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), earning a Master of Architecture degree. He attended multiple healthcare studios in graduate school while delving into the world of sustainable, urban design. Schwede's accolades are a testament to his inherent talent and ability to envision and communicate innovative designs. He received the UIUC School of Architecture Excellence in Design Award three times (Tall Buildings, Facade Design and Urban Design). In addition, Schwede has been published on multiple architectural websites, and was the 2014 Green ReScheme Competition Winner for Urban Design.
Schwede is honored by this opportunity and excited to collaborate with the seasoned team in the HKS Chicago office.
HKS is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 27 offices worldwide, HKS focuses on innovative healthcare design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning healthcare architecture includes 2,000 unique projects representing 80,000 beds and 184 million square feet. HKS projects have garnered numerous awards and coverage in worldwide publications. The firm’s healthcare specialists are highly respected international speakers.