An unforgettable childhood illness, a credentialed tenure in child development, and a storied career as a healthcare architect. These life chapters drive Annie Coull to improve the hospital patient experience. With 30 professional years vested, her journey crossed a milestone in February with the opening of a project like no other in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.
She is a designer of experiences. Annie’s blend of academic and professional credentials has given her a special interest in planning and designing more than 30 healthcare facilities for patients, their families, and the dedicated clinical staff that treat them. Finishing a Master of Architecture degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, a Master of Education degree in Child Development at Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh were all part of her journey.
She is an educator, lecturer, and story teller. Annie speaks regularly to designers and clinicians about how buildings can affect the treatment of and outcomes of patients. In addition to serving as an instructor with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design Executive Education Program, she has spoken to more than 20 industry and clinical audiences, including the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo, the Children’s Hospital Association, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, Tradeline, the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, and the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres. A noted ambassador, Annie has been either published or interviewed by various journals, textbooks, and magazines, including Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care, Healthcare Design Magazine, San Francisco Business Times, Health Facilities Management, and Engineering News-Record.
She is a San Franciscan. Every career has a legacy project and Annie’s can be found in the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. Newly opened in February, the 879,000 square-foot, sustainability-driven facility brings three hospitals – for children, cancer care, and women’s health – under one roof. Annie led project design and planning teams and can articulate the clear connection between physical environments and the patient’s wellbeing.
Is there a holistic approach to designing hospitals? To helping children experience more than their illness? To making sure that daylight and nature are part of every day in the hospital? Yes – just ask Annie.