Key Member Profile – Julie Piper

Julie Piper
Project ArchitectMoody Nolan

How has ACHA certification been useful with clients and/or firms?
ACHA certification has led to my inclusion in increased marketing material and proposals, especially towards clients who recognize the value of the credential.

Why would you advise architects and designers interested in the field to pursue ACHA certification?
ACHA certification has enabled me to deepen my healthcare knowledge specific to the field of architecture. This knowledge has helped develop a better understanding of how architecture impacts the care of people.

How has ACHA certification enhanced your career in healthcare architecture and/or design?
In my past healthcare experiences, I have toured existing healthcare facilities looking at their functionality, efficiency, and departmental relationships.  Through the evaluation of existing facilities, architects can capture a snapshot of where a healthcare facility is currently.  This snapshot begins to tell the story of where revitalization and growth may be needed.  The ACHA certification digs deeper into the specifics of hospital planning.  Planners begin to understand the types of spaces necessary for individual departments as well as the volumes that make them profitable.

About Julie Piper

Currently a Project Architect at Columbus-based Moody Nolan, Julie Piper has expansive project experience; with a contributing role in the design of the Franklin County Forensics Science Center (Columbus, OH), the Memorial Inpatient Pavilion (Marysville, OH), as well as an expansion of the Kobacker House inpatient facility (Columbus, OH). After a 10 year tenure at an architecture firm specializing in healthcare planning and design, Julie became motivated to prove her mastery in the field by pursuing and achieving ACHA certification. She received her BA in Architecture at Miami University Oxford, and her Master of Architecture with a Certificate of Urban Design from Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

In celebration of the college’s 20th anniversary, application and exam fees for the ACHA exam are being offered at a greatly reduced fee of only $20 until Feb. 1, 2020. After the cutoff date, fees will be $200 through April 1st; amounting to a 50% reduction from standard pricing. Click here to learn more and get certified now.