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BJAC Releases Podcast on Health Care Design Practice Differences In The United States and China

RALEIGH, N.C. — Dan Fields, AIA, principal and CMO at BJAC, pa has announced the release of a podcast on Chinese perceptions of U.S. healthcare design. In the podcast, Managing Principal Lou Jurkowski, FAIA, LEED AP, discusses U.S. and Chinese models of healthcare building and facility design.

Jurkowski, who recently traveled with a delegation from North Carolina to foster trade and exchange between China and the states, reflects on the differences in design practices as well as what each nation can learn from the other for excelling in outcomes and standards while maintaining cutting-edge design. The podcast can be found at

“From what I experienced on my trip, the Chinese want to emulate anything American – fashion, automobiles, furniture, retail – and the same can be said for architecture and health care design,” said Jurkowski. “U.S. healthcare design is considered a model for much of the world, but the building climate in China offers experimental and groundbreaking design opportunities, so we have the opportunity to work together to use our evidence-based criteria and their speed and agility in design to develop a new level of excellence in healthcare design.”

Architectural firm BJAC, pa, offers professional services for specialized, complex institutional projects. The firm provides design expertise to healthcare, K-20 education, research, museum and municipal clients, along with a broad range of in-depth services, including architectural design, pre-design, programming, design, master planning, interior design, construction management, contract administration and design build.

Established in 1994 by CEO and Managing Principal Lou Jurkowski, FAIA, BJAC is one of the largest woman-owned architectural design firms in the Southeast, with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte. In 2010, BJAC was awarded Firm of the Year by the North Carolina Chapter of The American Institute of Architects. Most recently, the firm was awarded the 2011 Pinnacle Steady Growth and Profitability Master Award by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 919-833-8818 or visit


Posted April 4, 2012

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