University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute


Naples, FL




Architecture, Interior Design, Sustainability and Resiliency Services

When patient visits more than tripled in just eight years, the University of Miami’s internationally-recognized Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) needed a new home for its Naples location. We worked with leadership to design a modern space with an eye-catching aesthetic that captured the organization’s commitment to innovation in helping patients experience the visual world.

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eye exam room

The 21,200 square-foot, LEED Gold-certified facility designed by Gresham Smith and ophthalmology design expert Julio Ripoll, AIA, embraces the spirit of optic science by showcasing light and views of the local landscape. The building’s exterior features transparent glass paneling in a series of interlocking shapes, and a cantilevered patient drop-off area provides shade to the main lobby’s glass-enclosed two-story atrium, which features custom sculptural pendant lighting inspired by the shape of an eye. The design enables visitors to easily locate the eye lane pods, nurse station and receptionist upon entry.

a waiting room with lots of chairs and a two-story ceiling
a room with many glasses on display

With six times more clinical space, the facility is equipped to treat almost every known eye disease, the state-of-the-art center includes 20 exam rooms and eye lanes, a full surgical suite with two operating rooms, a photo suite, physician offices and an optical lab. Reception, registration and lobby areas are intuitive and patient friendly, and wood, bendable resin and glass create a blend of futuristic and classic design in the reception area with clear sight lines throughout the building.

the exterior of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute with signage