With 29 years of experience in medical planning, Barbara Kubasti was drawn to architecture by the idea that optimizing the physical environment can shape and improve the overall patient experience. She has led the medical planning teams for many of ZGF’s East Coast healthcare projects, most recently for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Yawkey Center for Cancer Care and UNC Hospitals’ Hillsborough Campus. Barbara’s work is inspired by the healthcare providers who want to offer the best care for their patients, and the patients who are passionate about sharing their experiences to improve the future care of others. She enjoys working closely with these users to deliver innovative projects that simultaneously address aesthetics, workflow, and technical issues. Barbara is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Environmental Design & Research Association. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Facilities Planning, Programming, and Management from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Architecture from the University at Buffalo, where she served as a research assistant on two projects that later contributed to the guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act.