Face Time: Steve Templet Of Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects

Face Time: Steve Templet Of Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects

Steve Templet, affiliate at Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects (New Orleans), talks about his begin in healthcare design, favourite spots in The Large Straightforward that HCD Convention 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 tasks that I used to be concerned with. This was particularly obvious when in comparison with the opposite early tasks that I labored on at my first agency, which have been largely industrial and hospitality primarily based and lacked that depth of empathy for the anticipated customers. After a number of healthcare tasks, I made the choice to pursue healthcare design in all its kinds as a profession specialty.

What was your first healthcare undertaking?

An outpatient optometrist’s clinic. The undertaking 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 undertaking do you continue to carry with you immediately?

Affected person and employees wants ought to at all times 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, odd area, which rapidly turned an amazing spectacle (pun meant) of quite a lot of eyeglass-derived curves in plan and elevation.  Following an abundance of time beyond regulation, a sequence of overly complicated hand-drawn sketches have been completed and given to the contractor. He did his greatest, however the outcomes weren’t very satisfying. I rapidly discovered that irrespective of the energy of an concept (or ego of a younger intern), if it doesn’t perform effectively for employees and sufferers, then it’s undeserving of the time and vitality concerned.

On healthcare design tendencies

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

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

Three current healthcare design tasks and your position

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

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


3 College Medical Heart Specialty Clinic, New Orleans, undertaking 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 conventional 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 infant is accountable 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 12 months was six muffins in a row). Years in the past, I made a decision to start out accumulating these fantastic little treasures, risking embarrassment because it seems I eat far more cake slices than anybody else.

Outdoors the workplace, we’ll doubtless 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 because of the 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 12 months! As an area, what are some sights that shouldn’t be missed?

That is like asking me to call my favourite little one … For fantastic eating experiences near the convention, you’ll be able to’t miss at Cochon or Pêche. For leisure, skip Bourbon Avenue and pattern the numerous superb 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 at the moment discussing the following canine addition to our household.

Espresso or tea?

Neither, aside from the occasional candy tea.

Morning individual or night time owl?

Evening owl, who is continually oppressed by the necessity to perform as a morning individual.

Style development you suppose ought to make a comeback

Males’s hats from the ‘30s-‘50s might be a really attention-grabbing stylistic comeback.

How did you make your first greenback?

Neighborhood garden reducing at age 12.

Go-to karaoke track?

“Ring of Fireplace” by Johnny Money.

First album you ever purchased

“The Unforgettable Fireplace” by U2.

Cocktail of selection?


Your hidden expertise?

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

In the event you weren’t an architect, you’ll be … Presumably a historian or social anthropologist, though I hate memorizing details. However I really like attempting to know the “why” in our historical past, what’s behind human tendencies, and the way our interactions with others and the world has formed our present atmosphere through the previous and into the longer term.

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 center and the magic of our occupation.

Film character Ellen Louise Ripley in “Alien” movie sequence. The most effective mixture of intelligence, energy, perseverance, and empathy that I can consider.

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

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

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

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

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

Sport Soccer (each the American and European variations). American soccer has been a continuing in my life, and soccer has develop into a ardour since I began teaching my youngsters’ earliest groups.

Group New Orleans Saints—Who Dat!

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

Metropolis to go to Austin. I lived there for 5 unbelievable years for school on the College of Texas, when town was “smallish.” Irrespective of how a lot it’s grown, I nonetheless delight within the folks, 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.


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