Gresham, Smith and Partners announces that Robert G. Barfield, AIA, NCARB, CCCA and Sarah Peterson, IIDA, LEED AP, NCIDQ have joined the firm’s Healthcare market in the Charlotte office. Barfield joins as an architect with 16 years of experience. Peterson is an interior designer, bringing 7 years of experience in healthcare interior design.
“We are excited to welcome Robert and Sarah to the firm, who both embody GS&P’s dedication to our clients and communities,” said David L. King, AIA, NCARB, division vice president, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “Robert’s commitment to technical excellence and collaboration and Sarah’s passion for creating empowering experiences for end users will help us continue to provide spaces that add value and enhance outcomes.”
Barfield has extensive technical expertise including specification consulting, construction administration and quality assurance. He enjoys working on technically complex projects that require significant coordination between architects, engineers and contractors. Barfield is an advocate for the industry. He has held regional and national leadership positions with the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA), Young Architects Forum (YAF) and serves as an architects licensing advisor for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in North Carolina. Barfield is also a member of the AIA-AGC (The Associated General Contractors of America) Joint Committee, which aims to foster collaboration between architects and contractors. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Peterson’s experience ranges from greenfield hospitals, medical office buildings, ambulatory clinics and cancer centers to large renovation projects. She believes that designs should consider the needs of the various stakeholders that use healthcare spaces, from patients and family members to staff and healthcare administrators. Peterson joins the firm from RPA Design. She is involved in the local chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and has served as an ACE Mentor, providing leadership and guidance for students interested in careers in the architecture, construction and engineering industries. Peterson earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Appalachian State University.
GS&P’s dedicated Healthcare staff approach each project through the lens of Value-Added Design. Value-Added Design is a dynamic, holistic framework in which teams explore and define what is important to clients with a focus on key performance indicators: patient safety; operational efficiencies; integration of technology; adaptability/resiliency; healthy, sustainable buildings; and human experience through evidence-based design. This approach gives clients the opportunity to assess and prepare for inevitable market shifts.