October 1, 2023

Steve Templet, affiliate at Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects (New Orleans), talks about his begin in healthcare design, favourite spots in The Huge Straightforward that HCD Conference attendees shouldn’t miss, and what native trinkets you’ll discover on his desk.

What drew you to a profession in healthcare design?

Following commencement, I discovered myself drawn to the affected person part in healthcare initiatives that I used to be concerned with. This was particularly obvious when in comparison with the opposite early initiatives that I labored on at my first agency, which have been principally industrial and hospitality primarily based and lacked that depth of empathy for the anticipated customers. After a number of healthcare initiatives, I made the choice to pursue healthcare design in all its kinds as a profession specialty.

What was your first healthcare challenge?

An outpatient optometrist’s clinic. The challenge was a renovation/build-out in a industrial workplace constructing, designed for each optical exams and retail eyewear gross sales.

What design lesson from that challenge do you continue to carry with you at the moment?

Affected person and employees wants ought to all the time be paramount. Working at a small and busy workplace (solely 5 employees members), I used to be allowed to run with the design of this small, unusual area, which shortly grew to become an amazing spectacle (pun meant) of a wide range of eyeglass-derived curves in plan and elevation.  Following an abundance of extra time, a sequence of overly complicated hand-drawn sketches have been completed and given to the contractor. He did his finest, however the outcomes weren’t very satisfying. I shortly discovered that regardless of the power of an concept (or ego of a younger intern), if it doesn’t operate effectively for employees and sufferers, then it’s unfit of the time and power concerned.

On healthcare design traits

Thumbs up Repurposing buildings and adapting present areas into new well being and wellness makes use of supplies a way more sustainable path than the fixed cycle of demolition of our constructed surroundings.

Thumbs down I’d moderately not see extra sources dedicated to privileged/concierge care areas devoted solely to the wealthiest of sufferers.

Three latest healthcare design initiatives and your position

1 Slidell Memorial Hospital, Surgical Companies and Affected person Care Tower addition, Slidell, La., challenge supervisor/medical planner

2 West Jefferson Medical Middle Emergency Division and Endoscopy addition/renovation, Harvey, La., challenge supervisor/medical planner


3 College Medical Middle Specialty Clinic, New Orleans, challenge supervisor/medical planner.

An sudden merchandise in your desk

A bowl stuffed with king cake infants (with a number of favourite Mardi Gras doubloons). King Muffins are a standard deal with in New Orleans throughout Mardi Gras season, and a part of the custom is a small “child” hidden contained in the cake. Historically, the finder of the child is chargeable for bringing a cake to the following gathering. I’ve a well-documented streak of horrible luck every Mardi Gras season the place getting the king cake child is concerned (One yr was six muffins in a row). Years in the past, I made a decision to start out gathering these great little treasures, risking embarrassment because it seems I eat far more cake slices than anybody else.

Exterior the workplace, we’ll seemingly discover you …

Working in my woodworking store/renovating my home post-Hurricane Ida Whereas we have been way more lucky than half of my neighbors, we misplaced parts of our roof, a number of home windows, and roughly 1 / 4 of the drywall seams cracked as a result of twisting of the home by the wind. Our space had hurricane-force winds for nearly six steady hours.

The HCD Convention heads to New Orleans this yr! As a neighborhood, what are some points of interest that shouldn’t be missed?

That is like asking me to call my favourite baby … For great eating experiences near the convention, you possibly can’t miss at Cochon or Pêche. For leisure, skip Bourbon Avenue and pattern the various wonderful music golf equipment alongside Frenchmen Avenue (simply downriver of the French Quarter).

Canine or cat? 

Canine. Having simply misplaced our beloved German Shepherd (Main), we’re presently discussing the following canine addition to our household.

Espresso or tea?

Neither, aside from the occasional candy tea.

Morning particular person or evening owl?

Evening owl, who is consistently oppressed by the necessity to operate as a morning particular person.

Style development you suppose ought to make a comeback

Males’s hats from the ‘30s-‘50s could possibly be a really fascinating stylistic comeback.

How did you make your first greenback?

Neighborhood garden chopping at age 12.

Go-to karaoke tune?

“Ring of Hearth” by Johnny Money.

First album you ever purchased

“The Unforgettable Hearth” by U2.

Cocktail of selection?


Your hidden expertise?

Puns and Dad Jokes (most would favor I stored this “expertise” extra hidden).

In case you weren’t an architect, you’d be … Probably a historian or social anthropologist, though I hate memorizing info. However I like making an attempt to grasp the “why” in our historical past, what’s behind human traits, and the way our interactions with others and the world has formed our present surroundings through the previous and into the long run.

Favourite …

Quote “An concept is salvation by creativeness.”—Frank Lloyd Wright. I imagine creativity within the type of concepts and problem-solving is each the guts and the magic of our occupation.

Film character Ellen Louise Ripley in “Alien” movie sequence. One of the best mixture of intelligence, power, perseverance, and empathy that I can consider.

Present to binge watch “Breaking Dangerous.” The character arcs throughout all of the seasons are nonetheless wonderful.

Weekend exercise Woodworking/carpentry. At present a necessity because of repairing hurricane harm, however I’m trying ahead to this turning into extra of a “voluntary” interest once more.

Band/musical artist The Soul Rebels. They’ve an unimaginable fusion of a New Orleans brass band with rock, funk, and rap influences. Not possible to not get you shifting.

Responsible pleasure Tie between something meals associated or e book associated.  I’m an omnivorous reader (and eater).

Snack once you journey Junior Mints. They’re mint and chocolate perfection.

Sport Soccer (each the American and European variations). American soccer has been a relentless in my life, and soccer has turn out to be a ardour since I began teaching my youngsters’ earliest groups.

Staff New Orleans Saints—Who Dat!

E book “The Hobbit.” I nonetheless keep in mind the marvel of studying it for the primary time in fifth grade.

Metropolis to go to Austin. I lived there for 5 unimaginable years for faculty on the College of Texas, when town was “smallish.” Regardless of how a lot it’s grown, I nonetheless delight within the individuals, meals, the dichotomy of the lakes in distinction with the Hill Nation, and the calm oasis of the college surrounded by such an energized rising metropolis.