SmithGroup, one of the nation’s largest integrated design firms, has hired experienced healthcare architect Wayne Barger to lead its global Health Practice. In this position, Barger heads SmithGroup’s Health studios that provide planning and design services across a broad spectrum of facility types including academic medicine, acute and ambulatory care, behavioral health, oncology, emergency medicine, rehabilitation, senior living, translational health sciences, and women’s and children’s health.
He is based in SmithGroup’s Dallas, Texas office.
Barger leads the practice in a time when the healthcare market is experiencing rapidly changing care models. The practice seeks to redefine the healthcare experience to respond to these changes through initiatives like their IdeaLab series. IdeaLab examines potential disruptors in healthcare, like artificial intelligence or increasing global urbanization, and uses design and speculative thinking to address these future challenges so that clients are ready to meet them.