Modern healthcare is continually evolving and growing, which makes thought-out design and architecture essential. Healthcare facilities need to stay patient-focused while satisfying the physicians’ demands.

Architects at Master and Commander understand the challenges in creating a strategic plan for constructions that facilitate well-being, healing, and efficient working.

Our architectural firm has broad experience in planning and designing different types of medical buildings, including:

  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Mental Health & Addiction Treatment Facilities
  • Imaging and Radiology Centers
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Clinics
  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospice Homes

“Many scientific patient-centered researches have shown, as the psychological distress which inevitably follows the sickness can be contrasted with an environment able to support patients’ psychological needs.”

— Pellitteri, Giuseppe, and Flavia Belvedere. 2014. “Humanization and Architecture in Contemporary Hospital Building.” ARCC Conference Repository, August.

Using the Psychology of Healing

Healthcare architecture is mostly about the connection between psychology and design rather than just the style of the building. An excellent healthcare facility should make patients feel comfortable while balancing the technical needs of doctors and nurses. Sometimes, people get quite nervous and anxious when they see several pieces of medical equipment, cold tones, and sterile surfaces. That approach is giving way to a more humanistic design that aids in relaxing and healing.

Master and Commander has vast experience in designing healthcare facilities that hit the perfect balance between being able to provide the best care while facilitating patient safety and well-being.

Keeping up with Science

Since healthcare is in a constant state of development and growth, it is vital for the building to be flexible and adaptable. That way, it can quickly and efficiently respond to later innovations in set standards and clinical practice.

The team at Master and Commander exercises strategic planning to get the most out of a room’s layout and ensure everybody feels safe and welcome.

Besides the visual design, we also focus on the practicality of the plan, which can improve the staff’s efficiency and minimize errors.

For example, it is essential to reduce the distance between patient rooms so the healthcare team can get access to patients quickly. Having information displayed in the patient room helps decrease errors made in treatment plans.

Master and Commander is skilled in evidence-based design — this includes standardizing room layout, using easily decontaminated surfaces, ensuring rapid response to patients, minimizing safety threats, maximizing (natural) lighting, and more.

Thanks to over 20 years of professional experience, MCCM creates spaces that meet expectations — starting from permitting and licenses to the construction process — to go flawlessly.




MCCM puts emphasis on keeping patients safe. According to the Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, safety design principles intended to address both conditions and active failures included the following:

  • Automate where possible
  • Design to prevent adverse events
    (e.g., patient falls, operative/postoperative complications and infections, and deaths)
  • Plan for scalability, adaptability, and flexibility
  • Improve visibility of patients to staff
  • Involve patients in their care
  • Minimize fatigue of staff
  • Minimize patient transfers/handoffs
  • Place the accessibility information near the patient
  • Reduce noise & standardize

Master and Commander is equipped to create sustainable and accommodating designs that provide comfort and practicality to patients and staff alike. Schedule an appointment and help us develop a sustainable and person-centered system for your healthcare facility.

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