President’s Message

Teri Bennet

2022 President, AAHID
Johns Hopkins Health System - Facilities
Architecture + Planning, 1993-2020, recently retired
Baltimore, MD

April 2022

Dear CHID Certificants, Industry Partners and Colleagues,

As we enter the second quarter of my term as President, we are off to a good start! I am amazed by the ways that AAHID continues to connect with the healthcare design community.

The AAHID board recently was able to meet in person, at Design Connections in Chicago, IL. The event was hosted by Interior & Sources at the Merchandise Mart, where the board was able to meet with a select group of CHIDs, fellow healthcare designers, and manufacturers. It was a great way to collaborate on a multitude of issues related to advancing quality healthcare design.

AAHID provides healthcare interior design education and specialized examination to meet your needs, lead the practice and improve patient care. More than that, we have accomplished so much over the last several years. The 2021 AAHID Year-In-Review enhances the growth and change that AAHID has been building upon. The review presents a comprehensive overview of the diligent work as led by Kristin Ellingsen. Kristin brought AAHID through a challenging year, which we continue to as we build on as we progress into the future.

2022 will be filled with new ideas as we continue the CHID Community Connections series, offering information to help the 2022 CHID Exam candidates achieve their CHID credential, an education session on FGI 2022 revisions – Senior Living, and sponsoring a collaborative event with CHID’s and Industry Partners.

Want to connect more with your fellow healthcare professionals?

In June, NeoCon will be taking place at theMart, Chicago, IL. NeoCon is the world’s leading platform for commercial design and the annual gathering place for over 50,000 design professionals and end-users. Marking its 53rd edition, NeoCon continues to serve as the commercial design industry’s launch pad for innovation – showcasing game-changing products and services from leading companies and emerging talent, and providing unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge solutions. A robust educational program of keynote presentations and CEU sessions offers world-class expertise and insight about today’s most relevant topics.

In October, we will gather again for Healthcare Design 2022 in San Antonio, TX, for the Annual Meeting and Reception, Trade Show Expo, and Industry Partner and Board Members Meet and Greet. In addition, AAHID will be sponsoring two important education sessions on healthcare material selections and specifications based on performance and infection control issues.

You will not want to miss out on the Environments for Aging Conference + Expo. It is the ultimate networking, education, and product-sourcing event in senior living design.

Join EFA in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 15-18, 2023, to connect with top industry leaders, earn continuing education learning units (including many HSWs!), and explore an exhibit hall filled with products and services that support the thoughtful design of safe, vibrant, and comfortable living spaces for our aging population. Learn more at

As we complete AAHID’s Strategic Plan, we are striving to assure the future, strengthen the credential, empower the CHID’s, continue to provide value for CHID Certified Healthcare Interior Designers® and AAHID Industry Partners, provide vital networking opportunities, and ensure the steady organizational growth for years to come.

AAHID has added new committees, with new possibilities for improvement and outreach. Refer to the 2021 Year-In-Review for more information on the AAHID committees. If any of these volunteer committee opportunities interests you, AAHID and the board of directors will help match you to the effort that fits your passion.

Hope to see you all at the CHID Community Connections events throughout the year, and in San Antonio, TX, at Healthcare Design 2022!

Thank you,

American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers
Board of Directors l 2022 President