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“It is important to me to focus on the team’s efforts on customer value and evaluate and improve our process with every step throughout design and construction.”
In 2008, as a project architect on a medium-sized greenfield hospital, a new challenge changed her approach to everything. A client, Bill Seed, encouraged the entire team to evaluate the architectural and construction practice from top to bottom. He encouraged the team to break down traditional barriers and ask questions like, “How can we do this better?” “What are your success metrics?” “How can architecture bring value to a healthcare facility?” Since that time, Bernita has built a reputation as a lean design advocate. Her passion for these principles, coupled with furthering her education, has placed her in the position to encourage many organizations and companies to implement lean design. She assists clients with value stream mapping to support efficient and value-driven operation of their facilities and works with project teams to improve processes within the firm. Bernita notes, “Once you figure it out, you can’t help but apply it to how you make coffee, organize your home or complete your daily work tasks. It just makes sense.”
Registered Architect: Texas
Certified, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
Evidence Based Design Accreditation and Certification
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, Villanova University
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, Villanova University
Bachelor of Architecture, Kansas State University
Did You Know?
Growing up in a rural farm community, Bernita didn’t have much opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. Today, she’s making up for lost time taking ballet classes, traveling and leading a Girl Scout troop with her two daughters, Ava and Emma.