JENNIFER AMSTER

EYP

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The emphasis on educating health professionals is a growing national interest. I also spend time participating in the national dialog on trends in interprofessional education – touring, conducting research, and speaking at conferences.

JENNIFER AMSTER

Bio:

Some people might say I'm a bit of a smarty pants. I love learning about cool stuff and sharing what I know. I enjoy being an architect – creating beautiful spaces through dialog and details. When I studied the connection between the built environment and human behavior in graduate school, it redirected my career. At EYP, I found my sweet spot, developing an expertise in academic health planning. My happiest days are working with educators, caregivers, and scientists to solve their problems.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I visited a friend in Studio during my first year of college and thought her project work looked way better than my Pre-Commerce studies. I transferred to the architecture school and never looked back.

What do you do?

I am a Lead Planner at EYP, specializing in health education projects. I listen to our clients' needs, show them the possibilities, and partner with other designers to create environments that support learning and discovery.

What excites you in the work you do?

I can be an energetic advocate as the voice of the end users, to make the most of the projects, bringing a base of knowledge to continuously improve the buildings that will influence tomorrow's healthcare heroes.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The emphasis on educating health professionals is a growing national interest. I also spend time participating in the national dialog on trends in interprofessional education – touring, conducting research, and speaking at conferences.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Making a difference in my local community and family's quality of healthcare. EYP has been working at UNC Health and the School of Medicine for the last twenty years. My entire family has received care from those who were impacted by our facilities.

Featured Project Name: 

William & Mary McLeod Tyler Wellness Center

 

Featured Project Location: 

Williamsburg, Virginia

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

August 2018

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Lead Planner

 

Featured Project Description:

College students’ physical and mental wellbeing impacts their ability to develop academically and socially. This new building is a beacon for wellness deliberately situated in the center of campus where the student community can discover multiple ways to address stress while learning positive lifelong habits. The design celebrates the natural surroundings while incorporating the campus’s brick vernacular pattern to complement neighboring buildings and pay homage to the college’s traditions.

Photography Credit:

David Sundberg/Esto