When Robert Sharrow, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, was earning his master's degree in architecture in the 1970s, he was sometimes disillusioned. "The more I learned about architecture," he recalls now, "the more it seemed like we were only being trained to design homes for the wealthy or office buildings for corporations." Meanwhile, his wife was working as a nurse at a children's hospital, and Robb sometimes came in to look around and meet the young patients.
"It was just so sad the way that building was designed," he says. "I wanted to do something to contribute to society, and I started to think of hospitals as a building type that needed a good designer."