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Tama Duffy Day, FASID, IIDA, LEED® AP

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Tama Duffy Day is a nationally recognized designer in the United States in the planning and formation of innovative healing environments. At the forefront of healthcare design leadership throughout her career, she is a Principal and the National Interior Design Healthcare Practice Leader for the architectural design firm of Perkins+Will (http://www.perkinswill.com/). Established in 1935, Perkins+Will gained national and international recognition for client service and design accomplishments in education and healthcare. Tama served on the firms’ Board of Directors from 1997 – 1999.

From the beginning of her career Tama's interest in the measurable effects of designed environments on healing led her to critical inquiry and research. She is a spokesperson raising awareness of this correlation among her clients, peers, other professionals, and leaders involved in healthcare delivery. This innovative thinking has earned Tama many design awards. She is a frequent lecturer on the issue of healing design, has numerous published projects, and was recently elected to the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) College of Fellows.

She was a Delegate with the People to People Healthcare Design Leadership Delegation to China and presented “Research Informing Design” in Guilin, China. In 1995, she helped launch a healthcare continuing education program with New York University, Real Estate Division and taught extensively throughout a five-year span. She is currently adjunct faculty at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, and recently presented the correlation between design and research to Master Program students at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; and The New York School of Interior Design, New York, NY.

Her most recent articles “A Theoretical Model for Transforming the Design of Healing Spas: Color and Platonic Solids” and “Integrating Health Records in the Physical Environment: A Systems Approach” were published in the interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD).

In December of 2009, Tama was named by Healthcare Design magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Healthcare Design.” She is the only design practitioner that is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation.






Case Studies:
Tama Duffy Day
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