Melinda Avila-Torio
Associate Principal + Project Manager
Contact Information
THW Design
2100 RiverEdge Parkway
Suite 900
770-916-2220 x2261
Residential Care/Senior Living
Senior Living/Long Term Care

Designer Profile

Significant Highlights include: Extensive research in the physiological, psychologial, and ergonomic background for the aging and how the physical environment can enhance the elderly's quality of life. Participate as a national speaker at conferences, i.e. AAHSA. Provide support in marketing / securing contracts / seek prospects. Project management experience encompasses the assessment of resource availability, review of contracts, management of drawings, specifications and consultant work throughout all design phases. Participate in the evaluation of construction costs and determine alignment with client goals i.e. value engineering opportunities where necessary. Consultant coordination includes but is not limited to mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers, food service, low voltage, wellness and fitness, land planning, furniture and procurement, etc. Specialties: Research, marketing, brand identifier, community liaison, presenter Project locations: U.S. and China markets Company specializes in the design of Senior Lifestyle Communities. Currently active in the research and development of said communities with an emphasis in understanding the culture change, wellness components and demographic movement of the aging population. Projects span anywhere from $1.5 million and more. 2007 - 2014 Leading Age National Conference Presenter


I was inspired to sit for the AAHID exam by my mentor, Elizabeth Brawley.  Betsy is a nationally recognized Interior Designer and Researcher specializing in Built Environments for those with Alzheimer's. After already having been in the design profession for 10 years, I joined THW Design 16 years ago after finally listening to my passion of designing environments for our senior community. I have taken other certification exams, but to become CHID - Board Certified meant more to me because it meant pushing my knowledge base NOT only in the Senior Healthcare industry but also in other healthcare delivery components. In the end, all these various healthcare services are interrelated. Preparing for the AAHID exam was intense but very beneficial. It has proven to be one of the best moves and testament to my passion of being a Healthcare Interior Designer. The value of now having been Board Certified means clients can be more confident that the discussion I help our team be a part of is solid and credible.